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  • Summary: 
    • Although the internet evidently did play a role in the radicalization process, the study showed that face-to-face encounters were more important, and that dawa, the proselytizing of Islam, played a central role in this process, as the men themselves became missionaries for Islam.

    • The third factor was the establishment of a "them and us" distinction between the radicalized men and the rest of the world, especially the belief that the West is an enemy of the Muslim world. The distinction also involved a rejection of democracy and a commitment to the establishment of a caliphate governed by sharia law, which the men want to bring about either through dawa(proselytizing) or violence (jihad).

    • "The Islamic State is a byproduct of Al Azhar's programs. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic? Al Azhar says there must be a caliphate and that it is an obligation for the Muslim world. Al Azhar teaches the law of apostasy and killing the apostate. Al Azhar is hostile towards religious minorities, and teaches things like not building churches, etc. Al Azhar upholds the institution of jizya [extracting tribute from non-Muslims]. Al Azhar teaches stoning people. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic?" — Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Nasr, scholar of Islamic law, graduate of Egypt's Al Azhar University, explaining why it refused to denounce ISIS as un-Islamic, 2015.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/11/2018
    Summary: 

     supported by the Duchess of Sussex is housed inside a mosque linked by experts to individuals connected to “terrorist acts” and run by an imam who says girls who listen to music risk becoming strippers. 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/10/2011
    Summary: 

    Britain's madrassas have faced more than 400 allegations of physical abuse in the past three years, a BBC investigation has discovered. But only a tiny number have led to successful prosecutions. The revelation has led to calls for formal regulation of the schools, attended by more than 250,000 Muslim children every day for Koran lessons.

  • Country: 
    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    19/02/1995
    Summary: 

    What is proper punishment for a 14-year-old boy convicted of defiling a mosque with sacrilegious graffiti? Death by hanging, Pakistani law and a judge in the city of Lahore have decided. The harsh penalty meted out this month to young Salamat Masih and another Christian, Rehmat Masih, 40, has beamed a glaring spotlight on Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law, meant to punish insults against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/02/2014
    Summary: 

    The Quilliam Foundation is an interesting body because it hopes to achieve a more Muslim Britain as much as any of the Islamist parties it criticises; but it means to get there by fair means rather than foul. The headline that comes out of its  is that almost all the imams in British mosques are foreign.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/07/2015
    Summary: 

    Amid increasing fears of radicalisation of young British Muslims, ques­tions are being asked about the role mosques and Muslim organisations in the country are playing, or failing to play, to stop this dangerous phe­nomenon. Estimates of British membership in the Islamic State (ISIS) range from 500-2,000, according to Brit­ish Muslim Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood in November 2014. But questions remain over how to counter this dangerous ideology that is increasingly gaining pur­chase among some segments of the British Muslim community, with many calling for tighter regulation

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/09/2018
    Summary: 

    Regulators have opened dozens of investigations into UK Muslim charities over the last five years following weapons discoveries, the unmasking of extremists in religious schools and allegations of terrorist financing, analysis of official data shows.

  • Country: 
    Indonesia
    News Date: 
    19/08/2018
    Summary: 

    “Woman on trial for blasphemy in Indonesia after her complaints about noisy mosque sparked riots,” , August 14, 2018:

    Indonesian prosecutors have demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/08/2018
    Summary: 

    Admin: Why hasn't this mosque been closed? After Sousse Tunsia closed 40 mosques, when wil the UK take similar action?

    A sermon at the mosque where the Manchester bomber worshipped called for the support of armed jihadist fighters, according to two Muslim scholars. An imam at Didsbury Mosque in December 2016 was recorded praying for "victory" for "our brothers and sisters right now in Aleppo and Syria and Iraq"

  • Country: 
    Austria
    News Date: 
    11/08/2018
    Summary: 
    A mobile phone video, taken inside the Viennese Taiseer mosque, shows how imams call on youths to create an Islamic State, Austrian newspaper Krone reports. While one imam calls youth to establish an Islamic state as “they have the most important roles in jihad and proselytising”, another preaches against so-called unbelievers. Congratulating Christians on religious festivals is something like “haram” – which is forbidden. “It’s like prostration to the cross.
  • Summary: 

    A random survey of 100 representative mosques in the U.S. was conducted to measure the correlation between Sharia adherence and dogma calling for violence against non-believers.  Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all.  Mosques that presented as Sharia adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-Sharia-adherent counterparts.  In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts.  The leadership at Sharia-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-Sharia-adherent mosques.  Fifty-eight percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad.  The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises. 

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/07/2018
    Summary: 

    An imam who beat and slapped his pupils as a form of punishment has been jailed for 17 months. Police say Abdul Rauf, 51, believed he was 'untouchable' as bullied and tormented children at a mosque Crawford Street, Rochdale, the 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/06/2018
    Summary: 

    A chronicle of a society in its death throes: Lord Pearson asks if “Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuit of their anti-terrorism strategy,” will “require preaching in mosques and teaching in madrassas in England and Wales to be monitored for hate speech against non-Muslims.”

  • Summary: 
    • There are approximately 250 mosques in Switzerland, but the authorities do not know who finances them. By rejecting the proposal compelling mosques to disclose who finances them, the Swiss authorities can now remain willfully blind.

    • The Muslim World League is behind "a whole network of radically-oriented mosques in Switzerland... with the clear intention of spreading Salafist thought here". — Saïda Keller-Messahli, expert on Islam in Switzerland.

    • Above all, the Swiss government seems not to have considered the rights of Swiss non-Muslim citizens, who are the ones left to live with the consequences of the government's ill-thought-out policies

  • Country: 
    Austria
    News Date: 
    08/06/2018
    Summary: 

    The Austrian government is to order the closure of seven mosques and expel up to 60 imams in a crackdown on political Islam and Turkish nationalism, it has announced. “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country,”  Six of the seven mosques are being closed on suspicion of links to Islamic extremism.

  • Country: 
    Canada
    News Date: 
    01/05/2018
    Summary: 

    Muslim children in a mosque in Canada practicing beheading of infidels In a shocking video which went viral on social media. Canada may be the first Western country to adopt blasphemy law and to criminalize criticism of Islam. Justin Trudeau is most vocal Western leaders against Islamophobia which means fear of Islam. The Canadian prime minister wants to ban not only criticism of Islam but to persecute people who are afraid of Islam. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right in a democratic state and should be protected in Canada. Freedom of speech should not be

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    21/04/2018
    Summary: 

    Council officers say it is “unfortunate” the owners of a new mosque breached planning laws – but have recommended the controversial plans are approved anyway, Shy Society can reveal today.

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    27/01/2018
    Summary: 

    Muslim clerics are threatening the lives of Jews from the pulpits of American mosques, and they are doing it with virtual impunity, say former US law-enforcement officials who worry that the rhetoric could lead to violent attacks. Over the past six months, at least five prominent US imams have been caught on tape preaching violence against Jews in sermons at mosques across America. Yet these radical preachers inciting anti-Semitic violence aren’t prosecuted or even permanently banished by the leadership of their mosques.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    07/01/2007
    Summary: 

    Muslim worshippers are being urged by radical clerics to ignore British law

  • Country: 
    France
    News Date: 
    10/02/2016
    Summary: 

    George W. Bush and others have often emphasized that Islam is a “religion of peace.” Others view Islam as a "religion of the sword," and they include traditionalist-minded Muslims and mosques. This is evident after the French government recently raided Muslim houses of worship in the country and found “one third of the quantity of war-grade weapons that are normally seized in a year,” as Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve put it.

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    20/02/2018
    Summary: 

     

    A charity handing out millions of pounds to mosques and other organisations in Britain is run by a former Qatari official who founded a website that instructed Muslims to hate Jews and Christians, The Telegraph can disclose.

  • Country: 
    Netherlands (the)
    News Date: 
    19/02/2018
    Summary: 

    Yes, in a few years, the people who attend this mosque will be loyal, productive members of Dutch society. Won’t they? The Netherlands, and Europe is general, is teetering on the edge of the abyss.

     is the Turkish text of the sermon, and here is an English translation:

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    07/02/2017
    Summary: 

    ISLAMIC radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are attempting to gain a “monopoly” over mosques in the German state of Saxony and impose Sharia law, a local security chief has claimed.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    21/08/2005
    Summary: 

    Unidentified speaker: It's a great honour to kill these people¿ Islam not a religion of just you speaking we got to people of action.

  • Summary: 

    After the first 'Dispatches: Undercover Mosque' witnessed the rise of extremist Wahhabism within UK mosques, 'Undercover Mosque: The Return' explores further the terrifying beliefs of a rising ideology within the UK.

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  • Summary: 

    Prime Minister Tony Blair recently described tolerance as ‘what makes Britain Britain’ but in this extensive investigation Dispatches reveals how a message of hatred and segregation is being spread throughout the UK and examines how it is influenced by the religious establishment of Saudi Arabia.

    Dispatches has investigated a number of mosques run by high profile national organisations that claim to be dedicated to moderation and dialogue with other faiths. But an undercover reporter joined worshippers to find a message of religious bigotry and extremism being preached.

  • Country: 
    France
    News Date: 
    16/12/2017
    Summary: 

    A French court on Saturday issued orders to close down a mosque in Marseille city in southern France for allegedly "encouraging radicalism and violence", APA reports qyoting Anadolu agency. An administrative court in Marseille acted on a petition by Governor Pierre Dartout who asked the As-Sunna Mosque to be closed for six months. The court ruled that the religious official of the mosque "encouraged radical ideology, discrimination, and violence." So far, at least 19 mosques have been closed across France since a state of emergency was declared following the Nov.

  • Ever wonder how Mullahs turn innocent little boys into ferocious killers and rapists? Here is a snippet into how it's done in Madrassas.

  • Country: 
    Austria
    News Date: 
    18/11/2017
    Summary: 
    • "While outside the mosque there is constant talk of integration, the opposite is preached inside. Only in rare instances are parts of the sermon -- or even more rarely, all of the sermon -- translated into German..." — Constantin Schreiber, author of Inside Islam: What Is Being Preached in Germany's Mosques.

  • Country: 
    Egypt
    News Date: 
    17/09/2015
    Summary: 

    Egypt is adding , private security and book bans to its efforts to control extremism and support moderate religious thought.
     

  • Country: 
    Slovakia
    News Date: 
    01/12/2016
    Summary: 

    'We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future'

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    02/03/2017
    Summary: 
    • Channel 4 documentary was granted access to Birmingham Central Mosque
    • Filmed over a year, provided an eye-opening insight into lives of British Muslims
    • First episode looks at marriage and relationships between Muslims
    • Men and women who have Islamic weddings aren't married in eyes of British law
    • Birmingham Central Mosque's Sharia Court has the only female judge in the UK
  • Country: 
    Canada
    News Date: 
    02/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Incitement which would have been considered extremist even by Middle Eastern standards is now commonplace in the West. Extremist incitement has found its way into sermons and even prayer services in ostensibly “moderate” Muslim communities in the West. The daily prayers at Toronto’s Masjid Mosque provide a shocking example of this extremism, with calls for violence against non-Muslims and unabashed anti-Semitism.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/10/2017
    Summary: 
    • "We do not know what they are preaching as [it is] all in Arabic." — A petitioner against the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham mosque, in the middle of one of London's two largely Jewish areas.

  • Country: 
    France
    News Date: 
    03/10/2017
    Summary: 

    The controversial law allows authorities to shut down mosques, carry out on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls. Under the law, authorities are allowed to shut down mosques or other places of worship if preachers are suspected of spreading radical ideas and theories. Suspected jihadist sympathisers can also be confined to their neighbourhoods without the approval of a judge. Police can also carry out more on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls to areas around international train stations, ports and airports.

  • Country: 
    Switzerland
    News Date: 
    29/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Switzerland’s legislature has voted to ban the foreign funding of mosques, including from Saudi Arabia, as well as to force mosques to use local languages instead of Arabic or other foreign tongues. The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted by a narrow majority to ban the financing of mosques from abroad and for generally increasing the transparency of how mosques are funded. If the law passes the Senate, individual mosques will need to declare who they are backed by as well as preach in one of Switzerland’s official languages, namely German, French, Italian,

  • Summary: 
    Muslims are adamant in asserting that the Quran is the final Testament of Allah However,the historical reliability of the qur'an  has been challenged by both archeological& manuscript evidence.manuscript,documentary and archaeological evidence all fail to confirm many of the claims of the Muslims
    Let's examine some of the external documentary sources and modern archaeology
  • Summary: 

    Many Americans believe a mosque or Islamic Center is simply a “Muslim church.”  This could not be further from the truth.

    In Islam, Mohammad is considered the al Insan al Kamil – the perfect example of a man.  Anything he did is considered the example for all Muslims to follow for all time.  Muslim men can marry girls as young as six years old because Mohammad did.  Mohammad beheaded Jews at the Battle of the Trench, so this is an “excellent example” for Muslims to follow.  And Mohammad built mosques.

    Islam defines itself as a “complete way of life (social, cultural, political, military, religious)” governed by sharia (Islamic Law).  There is no separation of politics, religion, or military operations.  Mohammad was a political, religious, and military leader.  The mosque was and is a place where politics, religion, community, and military affairs are all combined.

    Mohammad used mosques as a place for the community to gather and learn about Islam.  It was a place to store food, water, weapons, and ammunition.  It was a place where jihadis lived and trained.  It was also the place where battles were planned and the place from which battles were launched.  So, thats what a mosque is.

  • Summary: 

    Islam in Britain is dominated by a very specific, and rather illiberal, version of the faith — one that, if anything, seems to be becoming more conservative over time.

  • Summary: 
    • Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and feels free to say that a "liberal mosque" in Germany is "incompatible" with Islam.

    • Can you imagine Germany offering Iraq, Syria and Egypt to build "200 new churches" to reconstruct the derelict and dispossessed Christian communities there? No, because in the Middle East, Christians have been eradicated in a forced de-Christianization.

    • Christians in Germany will become a minority in the next 20 years, according to Die Welt.

    • We risk losing not only our churches, but more importantly, our cultural strength and even confidence in the values of our own civilization.

  • Country: 
    Belgium
    News Date: 
    27/08/2017
    Summary: 

    “One in five mosques checked for extremism in 2016,” , August 27, 2017 (thanks to ):

  • Country: 
    Angola
    News Date: 
    25/11/2013
    Summary: 
    • Minister of culture described Islam as a 'sect' which is banned as counter to Angolan customs and culture
    • Nation's president said: ‘This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country'
  • Summary: 

    In this paper, we will discuss a contentious theory on the Muslim qibla, or the direction of prayer, of the first mosques in the earliest period of Islamic history. A small, defiant, and largely discredited group of Orientalists have argued that the early mosques were not oriented toward Makkah, but somewhere in northern Arabia or even Jerusalem, a theory that challenges the Muslim belief that the earliest mosques were directed toward the Kʿabah. The notion that early mosques were oriented toward northern Arabia/Jerusalem insidiously suggests the possibilities that the earliest Muslims did not pray toward Makkah and that the Islamic traditon of a qibla facing Kʿabah was a later development, hidden from history by some sort of a conspiracy. The divisive appeal behind such a theory is rather obvious when we consider that it has been chiefly propagated by Western scholars such as Patricia Crone and Michael Cook. Dutifully parroting this theory is Joseph Smith, an assiduous Christian missionary whose anti-Islamic propaganda is largely restricted to the internet.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    20/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Schoolteachers and other school officials in Berlin have noticed a rising trend of anti-Semitism among pupils and say the expression “You Jew!” has become a common insult. A report conducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of 21 schools in Berlin shows the level of antisemitism is growing among the primarily Turkish and Arab Muslim pupils.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/07/2017
    Summary: 

    An imam accused of glorifying and drumming up support for Islamic State in his sermons is to stand trial later this year. Islamic leader Kamran Sabir Hussain faces eight terror-related offences in connection with his work at a mosque in Tunstall.

  • Country: 
    Turkey
    News Date: 
    21/06/2017
    Summary: 

    This mosque received a great deal of international publicity recently as heralding the advent of a new, modern, moderate Islam. As is always the case with genuine attempts at Islamic reform, however, it is receiving pushback from Islamic authorities who say it is inauthentic Islam.

    The Turkish authorities in this case are working from hadiths that have Muhammad saying that if a woman is in front of a man as he is praying, his prayer is invalidated:

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/02/2002
    Summary: 

    British Islamic extremists have been involved in weapons training with assault rifles at a mosque in London, intelligence sources have told The Observer.

    The disclosures that hardline Islamists practised with Kalashnikov AK-47s at the Finsbury Park mosque in north  underline the pivotal role that Britain has played in the recruitment of volunteers to fight alongside Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda group all over the world.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/06/2017
    Summary: 

    A former teacher at a mosque is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually touching four girls as young as five while they read to him in Arabic from the Quran. Mohammed Haji Saddique, who taught at the Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years, would call the girls to sit next to him on the pretence of getting them to read from the Muslim holy book, Cardiff Crown Court heard during his trial

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/05/2017
    Summary: 

    THE mosque where bomber Salman Abedi ­worshipped hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and gays and adulterers to be stoned to death.

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