Michigan: Governor creates Arabic brochure to lure foreigners from Middle East

Rather than give American citizens and small businesses incentives to take risk and create businesses and jobs, Michigan’s Republican governor is giving breaks to lure foreigners.

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via Michigan looks to Asia, Middle East in bid to lure foreign investors, job creators | MLive.com. h/t D

Michigan is also looking to tap investors in the Middle East and has already produced an Arabic brochure.

“One of our strongest selling points is we have one of the largest concentrations of Arabs outside of the Middle East,” Borgstrom [Director State of Michigan EB-5 Regional Center] said, referring to Dearborn. “That creates a lot of connections, and there’s a lot of interest there. One of the things we tend to lose sight of is that the United States is still the gold-standard for places to live.”

Snyder, calling himself the most pro-immigration governor in the country and earning national attention in the process, has promoted several strategies for attracting legal immigrants and foreign investors to Michigan.

He recently signed an executive order to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He asked the Obama administration to earmark 50,000 EB-2 visas for Detroit over the next five years and led the push for the EB-5 Regional Center.

Michigan’s new status as a federally designated center for an increasingly popular investor visa program — just the second of its kind in the nation — will uniquely position the state to attract foreign capital and create local jobs, according to experts and stakeholders.

United States Customs and Immigration expedited and approved Michigan’s application to run its own EB-5 Regional Center, the Snyder administration announced this week, citing support from the governor, the state’s entire Congressional delegation and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The federal EB-5 visa program is designed to attract “entrepreneur aliens” by offering them a green card in exchange for domestic investments that produce at least 10 new jobs in the U.S.

Immigrants can qualify by devoting $500,000 to a project in a high-unemployment or rural area, of which there are 433 in Michigan, or $1 million in a more affluent part of the state.

Civitas runs eight EB-5 Regional Centers, including one in partnership with Dallas, where Healy said foreign investment helped breathe new life into a former casket factory on the city’s south side, which has was redeveloped as a 76-room boutique hotel.

The project coupled $5.5 million from 11 foreign investors with municipal grants and federal tax credits, and it hints at similar possibilities for Detroit or other urban centers in Michigan.

The EB-5 visa program, streamlined in 2011, has seen significant growth in recent years. In fiscal year 2013, nearly 6,500 foreign investors applied for visas under the program, according to The Wall Street Journal. As of September, USCIS had approved 3,696 of those applications and denied 942.

Streamlined? Ripe for fraud?

Immigrants who win an EB-5 visa or green card are not required to live in the same state as they invest in, but Michigan officials are already promoting the state as a place to invest — and to raise a family.

“The pitch is that we don’t just want your money, we want you here,” Borgstrom told MLive, noting he has traveled to China, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to begin discussions and gauge interest from potential investors. “We find a lot of value in having a large immigrant population in the state.”

It would be challenging to pick four other countries more anathema to American values.

Chinese nationals are by far the most active participants in the foreign investor program, having obtained roughly 90 percent of all EB-5 visas issued last year, and Metro Detroit’s growing Asian population could make it an attractive landing spot for new entrepreneur immigrants.

Democrats ran Detroit into the ground, making themselves rich, now Republicans are selling it to foreigners.

Michigan: Muslims suspected in brutal attack on U.S. veteran (video)

via 1389 Blog – Counterjihad! who writes:

Please have a look at the perps. Was this Muslims attacking a vet for serving US interests in Afghanistan?

Dearborn: Muslims claim Easter egg hunt flyers are covert plot to convert Muslim kids to Christianity

Christian-phobia alive and well in Dearbornistan. Disguised as a discussion on separation of church and state. Of course when it comes to Islamic dawah in history books, Arabic language/”culture” (read Islamic culture), trips to mosques, halal food, Islamic prayer spaces and wash areas it then becomes a civil rights issue.

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via Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church’s Easter egg hunt | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.

“It really bothered my two kids,” said parent Majed Moughni, who is Muslim and has two children, ages 7 and 9, in Dearborn elementary schools. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”

He’s raising fine Christian-phobic children who are either being used by parental lies or readily adapting taqiyya as a tool.

Moughni said he’s concerned about “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church. I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state.”

David Mustonen, spokesman for Dearborn Public Schools, did not respond Thursday to several requests by the Free Press for comment.

The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

“Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here,” she added. “We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”

But Moughni and others are worried that churches are trying to convert their youth through the Dearborn schools. Moughni said his children received flyers for Halloween events at another church last year.

And in recent years, other Muslim parents have complained about what they say are attempts to convert their children. The Conquerors, a Grandville-based group of Christian athletes who display feats of strength to spread the message of Jesus, have performed in Dearborn schools, drawing some concern. In 2009, there was controversy over an assistant wrestling coach who some parents said was trying to convert Muslim wrestlers, which the coach denied.

Moughni said he greatly respects Christianity, but believes that schools should not promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well.

For those who don’t recall here’s the same “parent” burning an effigy of Pastor Terry Jones anNiraj Warikoo just happened to be there to snap the photo:

Remember, the leader of the Islamic billboard dawah group in the U.S. told Muslims this:

…showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work.

 Update: Some Muslims know that the end result could mean a loss of sharia privileges in public schools: Battle rages over Easter Egg hunt in Dearborn

Moughni has been criticized by some Muslim activists and leaders who argued that his protests, published in the Detroit Free Press, cast Muslims as being anti-Christian.

Osama Siblani, the publisher of the widely respected Arab American News, blasted Moughni in a posting on his Facebook Page.

“Once again, local attorney Majed Moughni stuck his foot in his mouth. But this time the Muslim community is paying heavily in bad publicity for Moughni’s few seconds of media extravaganza,” Siblani wrote citing the newspaper headline “Muslim parents upset over school flyer promoting local church’s Easter egg hunt.”

“The Free Press quotes only Moughni to justify the headline, bringing thousands of angry comments against Muslims in a matter of few minutes after it was posted on the paper’s website and Facebook. Moughni’s hunt for brief fame is reckless, dangerous and irresponsible. He only represents himself and doesn’t speak on behalf of the thousands of Muslims in Dearborn. Let it be known that Dearborn’s Muslims are not rioting or angry over such a flyer.”

And no one is even talking about Moughni’s ‘convert Muslims to Christianity flyer’ conspiracy theory.

Hamas-CAIR Tries To Shut Down Documentary on Honor Killing

And succeeds in the occupied territory of Dearbornistan.

“CAIR should be hosting screenings rather than shutting them down.”

via CAIR Tries To Shut Down ‘The Honor Diaries’ | actjonesboroar.

CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), the Muslim group that has been tied to terrorist groups, have succeeded in shutting down a screening of the film, “Honor Diaries,” at the University of Michigan, Dearborn last Thursday night, claiming that the film is ‘Islamophobic.’  Last night Megan Kelly interviewed one of the Muslim women featured in the film and another woman who defends ‘Honor Diaries.’

More:

O’Reilly and others at Fox continue to give Hamas-linked CAIR a platform…even though they openly display their hatred of Jews, women and even Muslims.

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 The woman from the video, pictured above, responded to CAIR:

Mar 30

look! takes photo with a proud Jew and implies wrongdoing!

Bonus: Extended clip of Honor Diaries

http://youtu.be/w-zWq_Xzw_g

Michigan: County appealing $1.2M award to Muslim over beard

But Muslim lawyer seeks more cash. via WASHTENAW COUNTY: County appealing $1.2 million discrimination award – Ann Arbor Journal – Heritage Newspapers.

Washtenaw County is appealing a discrimination lawsuit in which they were ordered to pay $1.2 million to a Muslim man who says he was unfairly passed over for a promotion and called a terrorist.

Ali Aboubaker, 56, of Ypsilanti, said he was denied an opportunity to interview for the Entry Level Drain Inspector Position because of his “race, national origin, or religion.”doc532f71d9d83cc2495089081

A U.S. District Court jury awarded Aboubaker $1.2 million due to lost wages and other damages.

One of the attorneys for the county, Thomas Wurst, confirmed they were planning an appeal but declined to elaborate.

“I would prefer not to comment at this time,” said Wurst, an attorney with the law firm Miller and Johnson in Grand Rapids. “We are proceeding with an appeal as we believe the verdict is inconsistent with the facts and contrary to law.”

Wurst would not go into any further detail, but usually within a year, an appeal is heard at the next level.

According to court documents, the jury also found that Washtenaw County acted with malice or reckless indifference to Aboubaker’s rights by denying him an opportunity to interview for the drain inspector position.

Also according to court documents, the award included actual damages of wages ($321,490.13), future wages ($614,028.97), and other damages ($250,000), including damages arising out of future pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-pecuniary losses.

“It was a record based on recent memory,” said Shareef Akeel, the lawyer for Aboubaker, with the law firm Akeel and Valentine in Troy. “We were all stunned. But the jury saw the terrible wrong the county committed.”

Akeel said they are in the process of filing for further awards as well.

“The jury saw a true, sincere, humble man that had a strong work ethic, but that was terribly wronged by the county,” said Akeel. “We have now filed for prejudgment interest of $160,000, and attorney fees for $109,000 as allowed under federal law. These motions are pending. So in total, the county may end up paying in excess of $1.4 million.”

 

Dearborn: Lebanon-born Muslim arrested at airport on way to join Hizballah

via Dearborn Heights man headed for Lebanon arrested at Metro airport on terrorism charges – WXYZ.com.

The U.S. government arrested a 22-year old Dearborn Heights man on terrorism charges as he was attempting to fly to Lebanon.

Mohammad Hassan Hamdan was taken into custody Sunday night at Metro Airport before boarding a flight that would taken him to Beirut, Lebanon through Paris, France. The round-trip ticket called for a return to Detroit on May 3 but the government said information obtained during its investigation placed some doubt on his intent to return to the U.S.

The criminal complaint alleges Hamdan was planning to fight for Hizballah in the current conflict in Syria. Hizballah is a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to U.S. law.

The FBI recorded a conversation between Hamdan and a government source where Hamdan outlined his plan to travel to Lebanon and join Hizballah.

Hamdan was born in Lebanon. He came to the U.S. in June of 2007 and is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), according to the complaint.

Hamdan made a brief court appearance on Monday. A detention hearing has been scheduled for March 24. He will remain in custody until then.

Rihab Beydoun, Hamdan’s aunt, was in U.S. District Court along with other family members and friends of the man. They told 7 Action News Hamdan is innocent and blame a family dispute for the events that led up to his arrest.

“They would not even take him.” said Hamdan’s friend Hussein Awda, “He doesn’t even pray. He’s not that religious. He would never do such a thing. He had health problems, he had a bad lung, he’s never held a gun, he’s never shot a gun.”

“They’re saying he was going to join the military in Lebanon, maybe he was going to do something bad over there,” Beydoun said. “Okay, so what? He didn’t do nothing wrong here. He’s been here since he was 12 years old and he doesn’t even pray, he’s not a religion person.”

“My client is adamant he is innocent,” said Hamdan’s attorney Arthur Weiss.

If convicted, Hamdan could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Yesterday, a Muslim arrested in California, today Michigan. Yes, there are ‘Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America…yearning to fulfill duty of jihad

Two more in North Carolina.

And this from Dearborn not long ago: Dearborn Muslim added to FBI’s Most Wanted over Hizbollah bomb plot.

 

Detroit: Muslim Democratic state rep caught in tax fraud

Five years running.

Tlaib with CAIR radicals

via Tlaib blames ‘broken’ system for failure to pay Dearborn school taxes | The Detroit News.

A Democratic state representative from Detroit who helps her constituents prepare their income taxes acknowledged Monday she has been erroneously claiming a homestead tax exemption on a second home in Dearborn for about five years.

State Rep. Rashida Tlaib blamed a “broken” property tax system that allowed her and her husband to double-claim principal residences in both cities, lowering their annual tax bill on the rental house in Dearborn by 18 mills and shortchanging the Dearborn School District by about $350 annually.

Tlaib, who is running for the state Senate this year, said Monday she was working to quickly pay off the tax debt and any penalties.

“It’s kind of sad where we have a broken system where somebody can have two personal residences and nothing gets caught … and you can have two drivers’ licenses and they catch it,” said Tlaib, who vowed to sponsor legislation that would catch the problem for people with second homes. “If I wasn’t running for office, I’d have never caught it. … This is a big mistake, and I’m going to address it.”

Tlaib said the double-counted exemption came to light because of “opposition research” conducted by an opponent in her 4th District state Senate campaign. A spokesman for her main Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit, declined to comment Monday on Tlaib’s tax issue.

Caught by an opponent.

Tlaib who is Michigan’s only Muslim lawmaker, was chosen to nominate Obama at DNC.

Off topic but related: Nearly 80% of Politicians Facing Legal or Ethics Charges in NY Are Democrats

Dearborn: Arab demands public library ban man over “terrorism” comment

More sharia law demands. via The Arab American News – Arab American girl demands ban for man who racially insulted her at Dearborn library. h/t LUTBOI

DEARBORN — A young Arab American woman and her family are demanding that Dearborn’s Henry Ford Centennial Library temporarily ban a middle-aged man who directed racial insults toward the girl at the library last month.

Alia Sareini, 17, said an older white man told her, “Your heritage is all about terrorism” while she was heading to the library’s second floor on Jan. 13.

Sareini was wearing a t-shirt containing Che Guevara’s portrait. The man asked her if she knew who Guevara was. “He is a revolutionary,” she replied. He responded by saying that Guevara was a terrorist. The conversation escalated, ending in the man insulting the 17 year-old’s racial background after telling her that she should learn more about history.

There’s a glaring gap in the article about the “racial” comment.

Sareini said the status of historical figures is “subjective.” She added that she felt insulted and disrespected by the man’s remarks, which she described as “verbal abuse.”

Someone should ask Sareini her opinion on Hitler.

She said she demands that he receive a temporary ban from the library, “so he knows that what he did is wrong.”

Sareini alerted a security guard about the altercation shortly after the incident, but the man had left. Police came to the scene after the arrival of Sareini’s mother, Samia Hamid-Sareini, who is the field director at the Arab-American Civil Rights League (ACRL).

Mom interned for Muslim politician who opposed bill banning sharia law.

The security personnel reassured us that he will be banned from the library for some time once he is identified,” said Samia. However, the man returned to the library and no actions were taken against him, as he was not found to be in violation of any law or the library’s code of conduct.

Sounds like the cops at the Dearborn sharia Arab festival who disregard the Constitution and apply sharia law instead.

“That’s not right,” said Samia. “We know what he did does not constitute a hate crime. We never asked for him to be charged. But the library is taking the matter very lightly. It is not freedom of speech when you verbally abuse others at a public library. We demanded that he gets banned from the library for 30 days to send him a message that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

Samia added that she also voiced her demands to the mayor’s office to no avail.

She said her daughter was the victim in the incident. “My daughter is not confrontational. She is not a troublemaker,” she stated. “She was in the library to work on a school project.”

Maryanne Bartles, the director of the Centennial Library, said she took the issue seriously and contacted the police after the man was seen at the library a few days after the incident. According to Bartles, the police chief was made aware of the situation and a detective spoke to the man, who was “apologetic.”

“We turned the matter over to the police. The man was not charged with any crime, and he did not violate our code of conduct,” Bartles said. “We cannot ban somebody when no crime was committed.” The library director added that she does not “condone” the man’s comments, describing them as “unfortunate.”

She said the man’s remarks would not be considered harassment. “By definition, harassment has to be repeated,” she explained. “It was not a prolonged or repeated incident. He did not follow the young woman. Their conversation lasted for two or three minutes. Then, he continued and exited the building. Nothing escalated to the word ‘harassment.’ It was rude, but it didn’t escalate to that point.”

Many people find t-shirts of infamous killer Che Guevara more than rude.

Bartles said banning a person from a public building is a serious matter that cannot be taken lightly. “We don’t have the authority to ban him,” she stated. “He didn’t break any rule.”

The library director added that she offered to have the man directly apologize to Alia Sareini and her mother, but that did not want to come in contact with him.

When asked what measures can be taken to prevent similar events from happening in the future, Bartles said she cannot control what people say or do.

The first and foremost measure would be for Muslims to stop waging jihad against non-Muslims. A hundred or so years without Muslim terrorism would be quite the preventative measure.

However, she highlighted the library’s efforts to promote diversity in Dearborn, including a reading series on Islam, acquiring Arabic books and programs to help English learners.

Taxpayer funded dhimmitude.

Last week a Muslim demanded the Dearborn city council initiate sharia patrols and now the library, police and mayor are being asked to enforce sharia speech restrictions.

What should be banned is immigration from Muslim countries. Before it is too late.

Michigan: High School students don hijabs…to explore literature

via Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity | Michigan Radio.

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Maybe more than any other, high school can be a time when what you choose to wear has a huge impact on your sense of identity.

As students take their first steps into adulthood, they walk a fine line between fitting in with their peers and developing a unique sense of self.

Earlier this fall, a group of AP language students at Brighton High School were asked to read a memoir by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. The book detailed the experiences of women during that country’s religious revolution, including dealing with new standards of modesty in the way they dressed.

To experience the material first-hand, several girls in the class in Brighton chose to spend a full school day wearing hijabs, the head-scarves worn by Muslim women in many parts of the world.

Several girls or the entire class? Hard to tell from the picture above. Did these girls just come up with the idea themselves or did the Arabic teacher (or the lone Muslim teacher in the school) suggest it?

The exercise gave students a chance to learn about an unfamiliar culture and religion. But in a school community where no students and only one teacher outwardly practice Islam, wearing the scarves was a good way to draw curious looks, questions and a few unfriendly comments.

How does a language class morph into a class about culture and religion?

Teacher Diana Mason and three students at Brighton who took part recently told Stateside about the experience.

We’re repeatedly told by Muslims and their abetters who want to force Arabic language programs into schools that Arabic has nothing to do with Islam. Yet here again we see that there is an inextricable link and inevitably these courses lead directly into exercises in Islamic dawah and dhimmitude.

Listen to the Michigan NPR propaganda and how impressionable young minds are being targeted.

Dearborn: Local Muslim calls for sharia patrols at city council meeting

Not really shocking considering the locale.

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Islamic rage boy!!!

via The Arab American News. h/t Dee

…a local Arab American took the podium to address concerns he had with the city. The man, who identified himself as Hassan, stated that he lived in Westland but had concerns he wanted to address as an individual who works in the city. He refused to publicly give his address fearing for the safety of his family.

After referencing Prophet Muhammad and loudly chanting Islamic prayers, Hassan said that the city needed to monitor neighborhood parks around the clock because people have been using them to conduct sexual activities. Council President Susan Dabaja, however, told him that the city doesn’t have the resources or money for increased security at parks and asked him to move on to his next point.

Hassan also stated that there were magazines and newspapers at the public libraries and civic center that can “cause colossal damage to a child’s health,” asking the city to review and monitor literature before they are distributed. Dabaja cited that freedom of speech laws exist and that parents, not the city, should monitor what their children read.

“These issues are not relevant to this body,” Councilman Thomas Tafelski added, looking frustrated.

Hassan was told he needed to speed up his message to the council because, according to council rules, an individual is limited to three minutes of speaking time during the public comments portion of the meeting. Hassan proceeded to address concerns he has regarding discrimination against Arabs in the city. He cited his current place of employment as an example.

“There is no political correctness contained and there is so much harassment towards Muslims and Arabs,” Hassan said.

Dabaja, however, was quick to tell him that his points were out of line and not issues that the council usually tackles.

“If you have concerns about your supervisor, then go ahead and seek the advice of legal counsel. This is not something that we as a body can address,” Dabaja stated before telling the individual that his time on the floor had expired.

Expect this in your city soon.

Forget Islamophobia, ‘ethnic slurs and racism among American Muslims’ real problem

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle said, “You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.” – Sahih Bukhari 9:89:256

Jew-hating, black convert to Islam Dawud Walid takes a break from hysterical Islamophobia rants and finds racism inherent in Islam. h/t Dee although it was scrubbed from the Muslim website sent in, it is still available here.

Confronting ethnic slurs and racism among American Muslims By Imam Dawud Walid, Executive Director, CAIR-MI

Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind” [Qur’an3:110], we must put forth the same, if not more, intellectual and social energy, in confronting intra-Muslim racism as we do when confronting Islamophobia.

A hurtful symptom of the disease of racism among us is seen in the derogatory terms that are used by many Muslims to describe people of various racial groups. From my observations it appears that Black Americans are the subjects of the majority of this name calling. It is not uncommon for Arabs from the Levant to refer to Blacks as abeed (slaves). In the South Asian community, Blacks or people with darker skin are sometimes referred to negatively as kallu (Black person). In the Somali community, it is also not uncommon to hear other Blacks being called jareer (nappy head) and adoon (slave). And even among some Nigerians and Ghanaians, there is widespread usage of the word akata (wild animal) to describe descendants of their former enslaved tribesmen who are Americans.

There should be zero tolerance for these offensive terms or other names that attempt to relegate any ethnic group to a perceived status of inferiority. To demean, ridicule and/or call people names which the subjected group finds offensive are clearly forbidden in Qur’an, “And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames.” [49:11] The point is not simply to refrain from using slurs but to not speak about fellow humans in a way that insults.

An example of this relates to a well-known hadith pertaining to the companions Abu Dharr (ra) and Bilal (ra). As narrated by Al-Bukhari and others, Abu Dharr (ra), during a dispute, insulted Bilal (ra) by calling him “Son of a Black Woman.” This was meant to put Bilal (ra) down, as his Abyssinian mother was a slave, though Abu Dharr was, himself, a Black Arab, as described by At-Tabari, ibn Hajar and others. Prophet Muhammad (saw) then told Abu Dharr (ra), “You’re a man with some of the characteristics of the Era of Ignorance/Pre-Islam (Al-Jahiliyyah).” Abu Dharr (ra) then went to Bilal (ra), placed his face on the ground and offered for Bilal (ra) to step on his face to atone for his verbal offense.

Since the companions of the Prophet (s) had racist tendencies that needed purification, surely it should come as no surprise that our generation, which is far removed from the Prophet (s), needs spiritual purification and social remedies to counter the disease of racism. Simply saying Islam is against this illness is not sufficient. From the above example of the Prophet (s), the issue was confronted in public and attempts were made to restore justice to the offended.

Irrespective of faith, Blacks tend to be viewed in society as the wretched people who are not as beautiful as those with lighter skin. Confronting our own weaknesses and admitting that our community also has shades of racism that are institutionalized are difficult admissions. This especially holds true when racism is perpetuated by “People of Color,” who have been discriminated against historically from colonialism, illegal occupation and post-911 America. While some might think such racism is benign, it is racism that has divided the American Muslim community. It is problematic because racism is rooted in positional power, which prevents certain groups from having a voice or equal deference and authority within a community. I have witnessed new reverts to Islam who have been run out of the Muslim community due to racism.

We need a holistic approach for dealing with this issue, which includes individual introspection, regular community and organizational discussions, as well as more purposeful and meaning social gatherings, which are multi-ethnic aside from big annual conferences. I am committed to being a part of such conversations and social events. I challenge all of my brothers and sisters to renew their commitment to ethnic equality within our community and to check those within our own cultural groups that are actively and passively perpetuating racism. This will require moral courage in the face of uncomfortable moments, but Islam calls us towards freedom, justice and equality that we may be the model community that Allah (swt) calls on us to be.

Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams’ Council. Walid previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, Michigan and the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan.

More via Blacks Calling Themselves Muslims Should Be Ashamed

Islam Looked Down on Blacks

Islam is an ideology, whose sacred Scriptures contain explicit denigrating remarks about black people.

Mohammed referred to Blacks as “raisin heads”. (Sahih al-Bukhari vol. 1, no. 662 and vol. 9, no. 256).

In another Hadith, Mohammed is quoted as saying that Blacks are, “pug-nosed slaves”. (Sahih Moslem vol. 9, p. 46-47).

A Slave Is Not Entitled to Property or Money

Ibn Hazm says in Vol. 6, Part 9,

“The slave is not permitted to write a will when he dies, nor can he bequeath (anything) because his entire possessions belong to his master.”

The Testimony of Slaves is Not Admissible

In Vol. 35, p. 409 Ibn Timiyya remarks,

“The Shafi’i, Malik, and Abu Hanifa, who are the legists of Islam, assert that the testimony of the slave is not acceptable.”

The “Ordinances of the Qur’an” by the Shafi’i (part II, p. 142), stipulates that,

“The witnesses must be from among our freeman, not from our slaves, but from freeman who belong to our religion!”

Black Slaves on Matters of Sex and Marriage

1. The Slave cannot choose for himself.

This was confirmed by all the Muslim scholars on the authority of Muhammad. In Vol. 6, Part 9, p. 467, Ibn Hazm said,

“If a slave gets married without the permission of his master, his marriage will be invalid and he must be whipped because he has committed adultery. He must be separated from his wife. She is also regarded as an adulteress because Muhammad said, ‘Any slave who gets married without the approval of his master is a prostitute.’”

The same text is quoted by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (Part 5, p. 117 of “Zad al-Maad”), as well as Ibn Timiyya (Vol. 32, p. 201). Malik Ibn Anas relates (Vol. 2, Part 4) more than that. He says (pp. 199, 201, 206),

“The slave does not get married without the approval of his master. If he is a slave to two masters, he has to obtain the approval of both men.”

2. The male slave and the female slave are forced to get married.

Malik Ibn Anas says explicitly,

“The master has the right to force his male or female slave to marry without obtaining their approval” (Vol. 2, p. 155).

“The master does not have the right to force the female slave to wed to an ugly black slave if she is beautiful and agile unless in case of utmost necessity” (refer to Ibn Hazm, Vol. 6, Part 9, p. 469).

In matters of sex and marriage, Ibn Timiyya states:

“The one who owns the mother also owns her children. Being the master of the mother makes him the owner of her children whether they were born to a husband or they were illegitimate children. Therefore, the master has the right to have sexual intercourse with the daughters of his maid-slave because they are his property, provided he does not sleep with the mother at the same time” (Vol. 35, p. 54).

Related:

Black From Islam: African American Muslim Defectors (video)

For over 50 years blacks have been victims of brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes

Muslim Genocide on Black Africans (video)

Islamic dawah hits Michigan – media fawn

via Group hopes I-96 billboard helps educate others about Islam | The Detroit News.

Perched along Interstate 96 near Milford Road for the past month, a large red billboard asks travelers in the thousands of vehicles that pass it daily: “What is Islam? Who are the Muslims?”

The sign in Oakland County also lists a phone number and website for GainPeace, a Chicago nonprofit associated with the Islamic Circle of North America.

The curious who follow through have the chance to earn a free copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and learn more about the religion, which is the aim of the group’s campaign.

“We want to do away with the misconceptions people have about the fundamentals of Islam,” said Sabeel Ahmed, national director of GainPeace.

Sabeel Ahmed. Where have we heard that name before? Do recall, Director of Islamic dawah ads in his own words:

Christianity has transgressed the limits set by Allah; therefore showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work.

Remember Allah commandment to us in the Quran:

“Help you one another in virtue and righteousness, but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah, verily Allah is severe in punishment”. (Quran, 5:2)

Therefore, a Muslim can’t enjoin in any aspect of Christmas in the disguise that Jesus is our Prophet too, we are just honoring him by celebrating Christmas. We should recognize the bidah of Christmas and the Prophet’s warning that all bidah should be rejected. Therefore, accepting Christmas invitations, attending Christmas parties, buying small plastic Christmas trees to please the kids (some Muslims actually do) should be avoided.

By greeting Christians with ‘merry Christmas’ we are legitimizing Christmas, by driving out on Christmas eve to witness the decoration of houses, we are appreciating bidah with our eyes, by placing our kids on the laps of Santa in the malls we are handing them in the hands of a fiend, by closing our Islamic Schools or shops during Christmas we are giving it our silent approval, by selling Christmas items in our shops, we are strengthening the pillars of Kufr.

By purchasing for children books with Christmas themes (‘The Night before Christmas’), by watching Christmas movies and by giving holidays to our regular Islamic schools or weekend schools, we are passing them a misguided message.

Indeed Islam came to tear down the pillars of kufr and replace them with the pillars of Islam.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch writes, Detroit News lauds billboards touting Islam without mentioning sponsoring group’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood:

Mark Hicks says that GainPeace is “associated with the Islamic Circle of North America.” He doesn’t see fit to mention that the Islamic Circle of North America was listed as a Muslim Brotherhood organization in a captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” which explains that the Brotherhood’s agenda in the U.S. is subversive: the Muslim Brothers “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Nor does Hicks bother to note that a former ICNA leader has been convicted of jihad war crimes in Bangadesh. He says nothing about how ICNA has promoted donations to jihad. He is likewise mum about its ties to the Pakistani Islamic supremacist group Jamaat-e-Islami, as well as about its anti-American, anti-Israel speakers who have promoted violent jihad.

Indeed, there is not a single word in this article that is remotely critical of ICNA or its billboard proselytizing. Contrast that to Hicks’ article about my appearance at a conference in Michigan last August, where I debated two Muslim spokesmen, Shadid Lewis and Mustafa Akyol. Hicks led off his story about that event with one compact paragraph that invokes the Norwegian mass murder Anders Breivik, whose murders the mainstream media was avid to blame falsely on me; the smears of the ADL and SPLC against my name and reputation; and the British ban, which was the product of a similar smear campaign. Hicks doesn’t say “smear campaign,” of course, and doesn’t balance any of this with even one word about why I might not be responsible for Brievik’s murders, or why the ADL and SPLC might not be entirely trustworthy sources, or why the British ban might reflect more on the British government’s cowardice and desire to appease Islamic supremacists than on my work. He then goes on to quote Dawud Walid of Hamas-linked CAIR. He never asked me for a quote — of course.

And now he publishes this ICNA press release. This is what passes for journalism these days. Please drop Hicks a note at mhicks@detroitnews.com and ask him, politely, calmly, and courteously, why he didn’t report about ICNA’s Muslim Brotherhood ties and jihadist connections, and why he chose to report everything negative about a foe of jihad terror without any balancing or even explanatory information.

Ask Hicks why he didn’t publish Sabeel’s quotes as well.

Michigan: (Another) Catholic college designates prayer room for Muslims

As Muslims slaughter Christians worldwide, Catholics pander to Muslims.  via The Arab American News h/t Islamist Watch.

DETROIT — Marygrove College, a private Catholic school, has established an interfaith prayer room, which will serve as a space for prayer for Muslim students. Marygrove’s president and staff, along with students and representatives from the Muslim community, celebrated on Wednesday Jan. 15, the grand opening of the room, reflecting the college’s diversity.
President of Marygrove College Dr. David Fike said the celebration of the interfaith prayer room is “symbolic” of our coming together as diverse communities and individuals in the journey of life.
Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America stressed the common spiritual goal of all religions.
“All roads lead to god,” he said. “We worship him in different languages, and he’s the one who understands all languages. By celebrating the grand opening of this chapel, we are celebrating our commonalities. And I’m sure our commonalities outnumber our differences.”
Alia Zeidan, a Marygrove graduate, started attending the college in 2008. She said it was hard for her to drive 30 minutes to Dearborn to pray when she had morning and afternoon classes.
Shouldn’t she have thought of that when CHOOSING a college?
Zeidan proposed the idea of the prayer room in 2011 at a business class.
“We have chapels in the school. I thought to myself why can’t Muslim students have a place to pray,” she said. “I talked to [director of campus ministry] brother Jesse Cox about the issue, especially that the number of Muslims on campus was growing because of the soccer scholarships and the international studies program.”

Zeidan said she did not actively push the project, as she was busy with her academic life. But at the same, the school was following through with the proposal.
Janice Machusak, Marygrove’s director of mission integration, voiced Zeidan’s demands to the school’s leadership. The college consulted community organizations in Dearborn to pick an appropriate room.
In the Fall semester of 2013, which was Zeidan’s last, the room became available to students. Zeidan said she raised about $600 for rugs, prayer dresses and Qurans for the room.
“I was very excited. I wanted to see it happen before I left,” she said. “This room makes us feel equal. They have a place to pray; we have a place to pray. We believe in the unity of all religions. This school is like a family. You never feel alienated because of your faith.”
Zeidan said she could not obtain the exact number of Muslim students at the school while proposing the project because it is optional to declare faith on the college application. But according to her estimates, about 100 Muslims attend Marygrove.
Zeidan thanked the school for its efforts to accommodate Muslim students and singled out  Machusak in her gratitude.
Noor Hussein, who moved recently to the U.S. and is pursuing a degree in social studies at Marygrove, said she did not expect to see a Muslim prayer room in an American Catholic college.
Marygrove is sponsored by The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.), a Catholic religious institute based in Monroe, Michigan. The school was established in Detroit as a 2-year college in 1905. Today 984 undergraduate and  1,713 postgraduate students attend the school.

Michigan: Muslim fatally beats new bride

The AP glosses over the murderer and never even broaches the topic of a potential honor killing.

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via Woman’s tragic death witnessed by family on laptop h/t Religion of Peace

Nezami, a vibrant 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags, the victim of a fatal beating by her new husband, according to police.

In August, Nezami married Nima Nassiri in Turkey and lived with him temporarily in the Los Angeles area, where he was born and raised. Her sister said the two met over the Internet.
Nezami, a native of Tehran, had a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s in French translation. She wanted a doctorate degree in environmental engineering.

The newlyweds drove from California and found a rental home in November in Michigan. Nezami stayed in touch with family through e-mail, text message and video.

On Dec. 7, she asked her sister to proofread some English-to-Persian translation she was doing on the side.

“I was shocked,” Sara Nezami said. “Sanaz was a very precise girl, but she omitted some lines. I asked, ‘Are you OK?’ She told me there was no problem.”

The next day Sanaz Nezami was rushed to a hospital with severe head injuries and was transferred to Marquette General Hospital. Police believe she was assaulted by her husband, who has been charged with second-degree murder. His attorney, David Gemignani, declined to comment.

“Her brain was so swollen and so damaged, there was no longer any blood flow,” explained Gail Brandly, who supervises nurses at the hospital.

…Nezami died on Dec. 9, but her critical organs — heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small intestine — could be used by others. With the family’s consent, they were removed and transplanted to seven people. No other details were released.

“The family was very clear. They want Americans to know Sanaz loved America,” said Wendy Mardak of UW-Organ and Tissue Donation, a regional organ donation agency.

Nezami was buried Dec. 18 in a local cemetery. As a light snow fell, the hospital’s chaplain, the Rev. Leon Jarvis, read Muslim prayers over the casket while about 20 people, mostly nurses and others who cared for her, watched.

Jarvis, an Episcopal priest, said he pledged to Nezami’s father that “as long as I draw breath and live in this city, your daughter will never be alone.”

A prior local report via Police: Woman hospitalized after domestic assault : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

The man arrested in connection to a domestic assault in Dollar Bay has been arraigned.

Nima Nassiri, age 34, remains lodged in the Houghton County Jail on a bond of $5 million.

He was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Police received a call regarding a possible domestic assault at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night. Police say that a 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody and lodged in the Houghton County Jail.

Michigan: Arabs & Ann Arbor schools ask state not to schedule tests on Muslim holidays

via Arab American group, Ann Arbor schools ask state not to schedule tests on religious holidays | MLive.com.

An area Arab American parent group is working with Ann Arbor Public Schools to ask the Michigan Department of Education to not schedule state exams on major religious holidays.

School board members and Superintendent Jeanice Swift have drafted a letter to the state with the advice of the Ann Arbor Arab American Parent Support Group, requesting that changes be made to accommodate the “most important holidays of each of the most populous religions in Michigan.”

The letter asks that the state not schedule mandated exams on those holidays, and that flexibility be given to local school districts to change the exam schedule if needed to be consistent with local culture.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the letter Wednesday night that will be sent to Governor Rick Sndyer, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, members of the state Board of Education, majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate, as well as Washtenaw County lawmakers and statewide media outlets.

The action comes after a conflict that arose this fall for many families, as one of the holiest days for Muslisms—Eid al-Adha—fell on the same day as MEAP testing in the district in mid-October.

And there you have it. It’s all about Muslims. And when they become the overwhelming majority in a school district we know what happens. See Dearborn.

 

 

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