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The White House has instructed US security
agencies to review their training and policy
materials for racial or religious bias after
documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed
training material for the intelligence
agencies referring to "Mohammed Raghead".
After an extensive investigation by the
Intercept on Wednesday reported that the NSA
and the FBI spied on the emails of five
prominent US activists and attorneys with
Muslim backgrounds, White House spokeswoman
Caitlin Hayden said that the administration
took accusations of the slurs "extremely
The Intercept report, by
former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald,
Murtaza Hussain and Josh Meyer, suggested a
persistent counter-terrorism atmosphere in
which the mixture of Muslim heritage or
faith and political activism attracted the
scrutiny of US security agencies, despite
first amendment protections. It presented
the cases of five American activists and
attorneys of Muslim heritage who appear to
have been targeted for surveillance, at
least between 2002 and 2008. None have been
charged with a crime.
The accusation is one of the gravest the US
intelligence agencies have faced in the year
since the Guardian and other news outlets
began publishing material leaked by Snowden.
A central aspect of the intelligence
agency's public defence is that it cannot
surveil US persons for
constitutionally-protected activity and that
its court-certified privacy protections are
too robust to allow for privacy intrusions
of the sort the Intercept reported.
The allegation threatens to sever the
tenuous relationship between US law
enforcement and surveillance agencies and
American Muslim communities, many of whom
have long suspected that their government
views them as an internal threat and not a
population to be protected.
SOUTH AFRICA: As
the mercury continues to plummet across the
nation, hundreds of Muslims are amongst
those who awake daily in the freezer like
conditions of their ‘cold rooms’ aka
squatter camps this Ramadan.
It is an uphill daily struggle for many of
them, compounded by the earlier start
required during this Holy Month.
Cii Radio heard from one such shanty-town
dweller about his daily routine this
Ramadan. Cassim Qundulu is a Malawian
national who resides at the Thembelihle
informal settlement outside Lenasia in
This is his story:
Here in Thembelihle squatter camp in Lenasia,
we wake up because of the Power of Allah SWT.
But our life is disastrous because it is too
cold. Here, you know we stay in Mkuku
houses, there is no proper accommodation. We
do not have electricity.
We have to get up early to prepare water
through the primus stove, so that we can
prepare to go to the Masjid. But,
ultimately, we wake each morning because of
the Power of Allah. Whether is difficult or
easy, you still have to get up to perform
I use my cellphone alarm to awake me every
morning after 4am. I then heat water on my
primus stove for about half an hour after
which I wash up and go to the Masjid for
We do have a
tap in the yard, but at these early hours it
is impossible to access water from the tap,
as everything is frozen. So, we have to
store water for usage already from the
We make Suhoor together as an entire family.
To do it yourself is difficult. You see,
myself, I am single. I cannot do it on my
own. I have my sister who prepares
everything and then calls me to partake.
We eat meals very similar to that in Malawi:
Rice, Pap..if we don’t have that, sometimes
we purchase half a dozen eggs and eat that
with two slices of bread.
At the time of Iftaar, we eat at the
settlement Masjid which is catered for by
Crescent of Hope.
I like this Month of Ramadan, it is powerful
for us. It is a preparation, and with it we
are able to put ourselves in a strong
position to navigate the other 11 months of
prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna,
which covers more than half of the fasting
period this year.
Kiruna, Sweden - During this year's holy
month of Ramadan, when consumption of food
and water is prohibited between dawn and
dusk, how do Muslims observing the fast
manage in the far north of Scandinavia,
where the sun never sets?
An estimated 700 Muslims are spending
Ramadan in the mining town of Kiruna,
located 145km north of the Arctic Circle and
surrounded by snowcapped mountains
throughout the summer. Many of them are
recent asylum seekers, sent to Kiruna while
their claims are processed.
The sun stays up around the clock from May
28-July 16, which constitutes half of the
fasting period this year.
"I started Ramadan by having suhoor with the
sun shining in my eyes at 3:30 in the
morning," said Ghassan Alankar from Syria,
referring to the meal just before dawn.
displays the time - 5 minutes before
midnight - while the sun remains bright.
"I put double curtains in my room and still,
there's light when I'm going to sleep."
Since there is no central authority in Sunni
Islam that could issue a definite religious
ruling, or fatwa, Muslims in the north are
using at least four different timetables to
break the fast.
sticks to Mecca time, Saudi Arabia, "because
it's the birthplace of Islam". But he is
worried about whether his fast will be
accepted by God.
"I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing,"
said Alankar, who arrived in Kiruna seven
months ago after a hazardous journey via
Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. "Only when I'm
in God's house, if I make it to heaven, I
Most of the
Muslims in Kiruna break their fast following
The start of Ramadan is determined by the
sighting of the new moon, which moves about
11 days back in the Gregorian calendar each
year. About every 33 years, Ramadan falls at
the same time.
A majority of those who fast in Kiruna
follow the timings of the capital Stockholm,
1,240km further south, after being advised
by the European Council of Fatwa and
Research (ECFR), a Dublin-based private
foundation composed of Islamic clerics.
"In Stockholm, there's day and night,"
Hussein Halawa, secretary-general of the
council, told Al Jazeera, explaining the
decision. He was personally invited to
northern Sweden from Dublin this year to
experience the lengthy daylight and give
Fatima Kaniz and her mother,
from Balochistan, break their fast according
to Kiruna prayer times.
Abdulwhab, from Eritrea, follows the ECFR
fatwa, which means his longest period of
fasting will be 20 hours.
"Zero, 15, 25 or 45 hours, it doesn't matter
as long as you believe in what you're
doing," he said. "But we're human beings; of
course it's hard sometimes."
One of those who has chosen to fast
according to the local prayer times listed
online is Fatima Kaniz. In a homely
apartment overlooking mountains and mining
facilities, she prepares a Pakistani
fast-breaking dinner, or Iftar, for 8:30pm
as the persistent sun penetrates the window
blinds. Oil sizzles in a pan as she drops in
pakoras, a vegetable snack made with
She recalls her first day in Kiruna five
years ago, in June.
"I waited for the sun to go down so I could
pray maghreb," she said, referring to the
sunset prayer. "I waited until 3am, until my
Chinese roommate at the asylum centre found
me and explained it was pointless to wait. I
thought, 'What kind of strange place is
Puri Gul prays maghreb (the
prayer after sunset) in bright sunlight.
The fare of
the day consists of the Pakistani Ramadan
staples chapati and pakoras served with
raita, with the addition of Swedish fish
fingers and lentil stew.
During two-thirds of Ramadan, following the
Kiruna prayer times means that Kaniz fasts
for about 18 hours. But due to the sun's
movements, she will fast for a whole 23
hours during one of those days.
"I live in Kiruna, and I pray according to
Kiruna time all year round. Why should I
change this during Ramadan and suddenly
follow Stockholm?" she asked.
She followed the same system during four
previous Ramadans - the last one also at the
height of summer.
"Sometimes I got tired and took the bus home
from work instead of walking, but otherwise,
I felt fine," she said. "But I looked at the
clock many times."
The weather in Kiruna varies widely during
the summer months. Within a day, 25 degrees
Celsius and sunshine can turn into 10
degrees and pouring rain.
December Ramadan: Perpetual darkness
When Ramadan falls in December, however,
Muslims will face the opposite of midnight
sun: polar night. For two weeks, the sun
does not rise above the horizon.
"Why don't they come to me to ask about
Ramadan then?" asks Halawa of the ECFR. He
said a conference will be held later this
year to issue a winter timetable for both
fasting and prayers.
Mahmoud Omer Mahmoud, from
Eritrea, says the cool weather makes long
fasting hours manageable.
Muslim prayer times also follow the sun -
which means that during winter, all five
prayers can fall within a time span of two
Abdulnasser Mohammed, of Somali origin, was
new to Sweden and Kiruna the last time
Ramadan fell under the Midwinter night, in
"There was no really established Islamic
organisation at the time, or information on
the internet. I had to make up my own
rules", he said. "I fasted for about five
Mohammed, who is now the chairman of the
Islamic association in Kiruna, follows the
fasting times of Istanbul in the summer,
since Turkey is the Muslim country closest
But he explains, in his view, everyone is
free to choose.
"Islam isn't rigorous," he said. "Ramadan is
not about starvation or about inflicting
injury on yourself. People must choose what
works for them."
Apart from the Syrians, who have fled the
war in their homeland, Eritreans form the
largest Muslim community in Kiruna.
Istanbul Minimarket opened
last month. Sliman Omar says sweets, juice
mixes, and dates are most in demand during
and Alia Hassen host a plentiful Iftar at
Stockholm's fast-breaking time, 10:10pm, in
the apartment they share. They have prepared
seating on the floor and filled trays with
sponge-like injera flatbread, spicy beef
stew, pastries, and other traditional
The men chatting in the living room are
already planning their next communal meal.
They have set up a system to share the costs
fairly, with participants paying different
amounts depending on their incomes. Some
have jobs. Others, whose applications for
asylum have been rejected, get by on a
monthly $200 grant provided by the
"Eating together with friends remind me of
Eritrea," said Fidel, who is still waiting
for permanent residency after living in
Kiruna for three years. But she misses going
to a mosque for tarawih, the special prayers
at night during which long portions of the
Quran are recited.
The Muslim community in Kiruna is using a
hall in an apartment block as a mosque, but
so far it is only open for Friday prayers.
On the first
Friday of Ramadan, as the rain trickled
down, about 40 men and four women, including
Fidel, gathered there at Stockholm's dhuhr
Ghassan Alankar, who worked
as a guide and translator for two decades in
Syria, now guides visitors in Kiruna Church.
who used to do the call to prayer in his
neighbourhood mosque in Syria's Deraa before
he fled the country last year, recited a
Al-Taieb's sister came with him to Sweden,
but because she fasts according to Mecca
timings and he Stockholm, they do not eat
Besides the rest of the family, he said the
social nature of Syrian society is what he
misses the most - during Ramadan and the
rest of the year.
"In Syria, you don't eat only with your
family. Everyone is welcome, we bring plates
of food to our neighbours, we invite others.
If you do that with Swedish people, they
think you're crazy."
"Next Ramadan, God willing, I'll be back in
journalist busted posing as Muslim extremist
to stir up hatred
The following comment was
posted on an online chat forum for Muslims
Some of the other members of
the forum became suspicious by the strange
comment and decided to check the new
member’s IP address:
More up-to-date checks of the
IP address by other members of the forum
showed the comment was posted by someone
working at the Daily Mail Group (the Evening
Standard used to be part of the Daily Mail
The whole thread has now been
deleted from the forum.
So it seems the Daily Mail ordered one of
their journalists to pose as an extremist on
a Muslim forum to try to elicit comments
they could use for an anti-Muslim story.
Fortunately they were busted.
In a civilised society, a national newspaper
journalist trying to stir up hatred and
controversy with lies and subterfuge should
be so professionally shameful it would
normally lead to the sack for the hack
concerned and investigations into standards
of journalistic accountability at the
At the Daily Mail – it’s just another day at
Famous Barcelona bullring
may be converted into Europe’s biggest
The Emir of Qatar has reportedly agreed to
roll out €2.2 billion ($2.99 bn) to convert
Barcelona's Monumental bullring(pictured above)
into a 40,000-capacity mosque, the biggest
in Europe, by 2020, if the city council
approves the project.
The building would include a 300m high
minaret which may become the third largest
in the world after those in Mecca and
reports 20 Minutos, Spain's
most-read general newspaper, citing its
sources close to the project. The mosque for
Barcelona’s Muslims will also have a
conference hall, a Koran study center,
housing up to 300 people, and a museum of
Islamic art and history.
The Balaña Group in Barcelona has already
agreed the sale, reports 20 Minutos. The
next stage will be discussing the project
with the city council and getting its
approval. The Balaña group, however, hasn’t
confirmed the information, the paper writes.
According to the Statistics Department of
Barcelona´s Town Council, at least 500,000
Muslims were living in Barcelona in 2012.
But despite this significant number, the
city has only several small houses of
worship for Muslims.
"Locals would have to be proud that Muslims
transformed the pain of the bulls into a
Mowafak Kanfach, owner of Barcelona's Arabic
Book Shop, told 20 Minutos.
"The law says that everyone has the right to
pray in a dignified place, not in a
The Plaza Monumental de Barcelona, opened in
1914, has hosted the concerts of many
celebrities, including the Beatles, Tina
Turner, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley.
Since the ban on bullfights in Catalonia in
2010, no bullfighting has been held in the
The Monumental Bullring is not the first
place in the city to be considered as a site
for a mosque. In 2004, the city authorities
negotiated with Saudi Arabia over the Las
Arenas bullring. However, the plan was
postponed and finally Barcelona council
decided to build a shopping center instead
of a mosque.
Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden
History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel
"Prodigiously documented... Alison Weir
must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly
hard light on the relationship between the United States and
Israel. I hope this marvellous book gets all the attention
it deserves." - Ambassador Andrew Killgore, Publisher,
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating
Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would
"imperil" both American and all Western interests in the
Despite warnings such as this one, President
Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land
primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.
Few Americans today are aware that US support
enabled the creation of modern Israel.
Even fewer know that US politicians pushed
this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic
and military experts.
As this work demonstrates, these politicians
were bombarded by a massive pro-Israel lobbying effort that
ranged from well-funded and very public Zionist
organizations to an "elitist secret society" whose members
included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.
AGAINST OUR BETTER JUDGMENT brings together
meticulously sourced evidence to illuminate a reality that
differs starkly from the prevailing narrative. It provides a
clear view of the history that is key to understanding one
of the most critically important political issues of our
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KB says: I used half
the batch of dough for individual biscuits as in
the recipe below, and the other half I spread on
a baking pan lined with baking paper. I baked it
and when it was cool, spread melted chocolate
over it (for the chocolate lovers in my family)
and then sliced it into mini bars.
1. 250g soft butter (not melted)
2. 1 cup castor sugar
3. 2 ½ cups of oats
4. 2 cups desiccated coconut
5. 1 cup cake flour
6. 1 tsp baking powder
7. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
8. 1 tab golden syrup
9. 1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and
mix well. You could use the dough hook of your
mixer to bring all the ingredients together.
2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
3. Make small balls and flatten slightly; you
could place a decorative cherry on the top,
place on a greased baking tray or tray which has
been lined with baking paper (preferable)
4. Bake until light brown and cracks appear;
switch off the oven and allow the crunchies to
A long time ago in some village there lived a man called
Khutbuddin with his family.
They had never seen a mirror in their life.
One day Khutbuddin found a mirror in the desert.
When he saw his image in it he thought it was his
became very happy and took it along with him.
He used to speak to the mirror every day.
His wife, Begumbibi, became suspicious of him and one
day when Khutbuddin was out to work, she looked into the
mirror and said, “Ah now I get it. So this is the lady
who my husband talks to every day.”
She became angry and showed the mirror to her
The mother-in-law saw her image in it and said: “Don’t
worry, be grateful that she is an old woman and will die
1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and
subject to the sighting of the moon.
2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in
the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, exceptfor Lailatul Mehraj,
Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the
evening of the corresponding day.
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