Australia mosque comes under 2nd attack this year

The photo shows damage caused by an arson attack at the Toowoomba Mosque in Australia on April 17, 2015.

The photo shows damage caused by an arson attack at the Toowoomba Mosque in Australia.

A mosque in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland has come under arson attack for the second time this year.

Fire broke out early Friday in the mosque in the Darling Downs region’s Toowoomba city.
Reports indicate the attack seriously damaged the mosque.
Australian police sources say an investigation has been launched into the incident. There are currently no suspects.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller arrived in Toowoomba following the attack.

“This has been the second attack on this Islamic community in three months. It’s shocking, it’s outrageous and we want people to come forward so that the police can get the names of the perpetrators, so they can investigate it and if necessary they are charged,” Miller said.

Reports say the fire started in the mosque’s office before spreading to other parts of the building.

The photo shows Australian police officers standing outside the mosque in Toowoomba.

The photo shows Australian police officers standing outside the mosque in Toowoomba.

Authorities say the incident is suspicious and they are seeking to determine any connections between the blaze earlier in the day and another attack three months earlier.

The latest act of violence against the mosque in Australia comes as the country’s Muslim community has been experiencing a wave of Islamophobia.

Source: PressTV

Southern California Muslim women hand out hundreds of roses to promote peace and unity / Photos

The Muslim Women Network of Southern California handed out free roses over the weekend to promote peace, unity, diversity and freedom.


Fatemeh Nassirian, right, president of the Muslim Women Network of Southern California, hands out a free rose at the Irvine Spectrum.

The group planned to hand out 1,500 roses at the Irvine Spectrum, Downtown Disney and the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

Besides distributing roses, the Muslim women planned to spread messages of Islam, including from the prophet Muhammad: “Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive if he is unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. ”

“There are too many misconceptions about Islam. Unfortunately usually the media doesn’t display the life of real Muslims. They mostly talk about the people that hijacked name of Islam, and everything they do is against true teachings of Islam.
Those terrorists not only kill non-Muslims but their main targets are real Muslims,” said Shalizeh Aftabi, an organizer of the event. “For example a while ago in Iraq in just one day ISIS killed almost 1,700 young Shi’a Muslims.”

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Source : ABNA

Islamophobia in Germany; Mosque set on fire in the university of Witten / Photos

A mosque was on fire in Germany on Tuesday morning in the university city of Witten, located in the district of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to German daily DerWesten.


The daily reported that an identified man was filmed from inside the mosque on Monday night at around 23.30 local time entering the mosque “Sultan Ahmet Cami” and pouring the contents of a gasoline can in the prayer room. After he reportedly set the gasoline on fire, he fled the scene using the entrance gate of the mosque. The man was reported to have entered the building from the back, via its window.

There were four families with children living in the building, but fortunately, the fire extinguished by itself. One of those living in the mosque, Veysel Arslan discovered that the smoke had filled the praying room as he woke up to morning prayer.

Arslan reportedly said, that he smelt something burning when he arrived at the praying room at 5.30am. He said, “At first we thought the tea burnt. But then we noticed the smoke in the prayer room.”

The police seized the crime scene and experts are examining the burn marks. Xenophobic attack has not been excluded from the investigation.




Auspicious birth anniversary of ‘Sayyida al-Zahra’ celebrated in Sweden / Photos

On the auspicious birth anniversary of Prophet Muhamamd’s daughter ‘Sayyidah Fatima’ a group of Muslims  In the city of Göteborg in Sweden at a booth called “hijab booth” asked non-muslims to try hijab for the first time and then write their feelings on a notebook. this might be the first encounter of some people with Islam. They also distributed 1444 pieces of cakes and 1444 roses.


“Muslims celebrate birth anniversary of Fatima al-Zahra every year but now we want to invite even non-Muslims to participate”, says Marjan Noory, who is involved in organizing the party. She hopes that even non-Muslims wish to participate in the festivities at Gustav Adolf Square.


“This is a great opportunity for non-Muslims to meet us and ask questions and doubts in their mind about Muslims believes and activities. Unfortunately there are still prejudices about the Muslim woman in western countries. I am a Muslim and the fact is that I choose to wear Hijab by my own decision and I am not forced to do that. Always my non-Muslim friends ask me that if I am forced to wear Hijab and is it not permissible for women to drive or have driving license?”

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This is an annual event in Göteborg. Here is some pictures from their last year party:

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Hijab Introduces Islam to Indiana Students

Fighting misconceptions associated with Muslim headscarf, Muslim students at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, arranged a hijab handout to their colleagues to educate them about Islam and address stereotypes drawn by media over the past decade.

Islam Awareness week – U.S.

“[highlight]People may have Muslim friends that they are able to ask too, but not everyone has a Muslim friend. So we want to be here as that Muslim friend,[/highlight]” Muslim Student Association President Noor Ayesha told Ball State Daily.

The event was hosted during Islamic Awareness week, hosted by MSA to spread awareness about Islam through April 9.

Standing from noon till 3 pm, MSA members offered free scarves on Monday to people wishing to try hijab in the Atrium during their Experience Hijab event.

The MSA members have also shown people how to wear the hijabs.

Ayesha asserted that wearing hijab is a personal decision based on faith for Muslim women.

“[Once, someone] asked why some people get offended when they’re asked about their hijab, and I don’t know anyone who gets offended, but I think it’s similar to … [when] you ask someone who wears tattoos what every single one means. It’s very personal,” Ayesha said.

Along with the hijab experience, the awareness week will host a panel discussing feminism in the Islam faith.

This will be a discussion of Eastern and Western cultures as they apply to women’s rights.

Adding more in-depth to the event, Rachael Collins, a non-Muslim MSA member, paired with a member to show the documentary “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” on the night of April 6.

“The film directly addresses extremism,” Collins said.

“They show research from studies that there are a billion people who practice [Islam] and most of them don’t support this ideology and belief system. The diversity that you see in the Christian faith is the same kind of diversity you see in the Muslim faith.”

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

Blowing Misconceptions

Joining MSA as a part of her diversity training, Collins, a clinical mental health counselling graduate student, wanted to challenge anti-Muslim bias.

“There’s a difference between the Islamic faith and the Islamic culture and tradition, and that was a big one,” Collins said.

“The women in MSA are very strong, independent, smart and capable, so maybe some of the ideas that I had about gender roles in the faith were really challenged.”

The awareness week also hosts a final event with a four-person panel in Ask A Muslim.

The panel consists of two Muslim students and two Muslim professionals.


“[The panelists will] tell you a little about their lives and where they come from and you can ask them questions like, ‘Why do you wear that thing on your head?’ Some people choose to be ignorant and some just haven’t been exposed, and we want to provide that exposure,” Ayesha said.

Discussing current events, including the Chapel Hill shooting in which three Muslim students were killed, the panel hopes to diffuse any misconceptions that can cause further violence.

“We want to bring to light these events … eliminate the ignorance. We don’t want to take a political approach, we just want to show the human side,” Ayesha said.

“These are people who were doing great things for the world and they died.”

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Source: On Islam

Muslim Day in Iowa Combats Islamophobia

Offering Iowans a chance to meet their Muslim neighbors, leaders of Iowa Muslim community held a special Muslim day at the state capitol on Wednesday, April 8, boosting mutual relations in the community and combating Islamophobia.


People coming together for a Muslim Day on Missouri Capitol

To educate people about the Islamic religion we need to be visible. That is our job and our duty to do that,” State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, told Des Moines Register.

[highlight]”It is our job even to talk about terrorism. We have to denounce it when we see it. We have to let people know that this is not something that we promote.”[/highlight]

Abdul-Samad,  an imam or prayer leader, said the event is intended to combat Islamophobia.

Held on the second year, the event adds to a history of friendly relations pioneered by Gov. Terry Branstad who has annually signed an Iowa Muslim Day proclamation.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda with representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Iowa, other Islamic organizations and Muslim-owned businesses.

Branstad’s proclamation, which the governor signed last week, designates Wednesday as “Muslim Recognition Day” in Iowa.

The document states that Iowa recognizes the many individuals and families of Muslim faith who make this state their home and willingly share their rich tradition and culture with other Iowans.

The Muslim day follows the failure of House File 135 in the Iowa House which would have prevented the application of “foreign laws”.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by 13 Republican legislators, was criticized by Muslims as part of a campaign to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims.

“We recognize and appreciate the hard work, partnership and leadership of those dedicated lawmakers who kept this unconstitutional and discriminatory bill from passing,” Miriam Amer, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Iowa, said.

“Defenders of religious freedom fought a tough battle against attempts to deny Muslims and other minorities their constitutional rights.”

[highlight]US Muslims, estimated at between seven to eight million[/highlight], have been sensing hostility in recent months.
A recent report by CAIR, the University of California and Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender found that Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.

A US survey had also revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

A recent Gallup poll had found that 43 percent of Americans Nationwide admitted to feeling at least “a little” prejudice against Muslims.

Source : On Islam

Pro-Zionists Run an Anti-Islamic Ad on Philadelphia Buses / Photos


Controversy has arisen over the anti-Islamic ads
on Philadelphia buses by a pro-Zionist group


According to Ahlul Bait News Agency – ABNA – controversy has arisen over the anti-Islamic ads on Philadelphia buses by a pro-Zionist group.
These ads display a picture of “Adolf Hitler” meeting “Haj Amin al-Husseini” a nationalist Muslim leader.


Also anti-Islamist slogans can be seen on the ad reading:[highlight] two-thirds of all US aids go to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic countries.[/highlight]

Also The URL [highlight]www.IslamicJewHatred.Com[/highlight] can bee seen below the ad.

A pro-Zionist group located in the US has sponsored this ad.

A court has supported the campaign which in return has caused a lot of criticism saying that this an ill-usage of freedom of speech.


  Source : ABNA