Massachusetts: Muslim sisters assault high school classmates

via Court records show conflicting accounts of role 3 Muslim sisters played in West Springfield High School cafeteria fight | masslive.com.

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Court records offer conflicting accounts of a cafeteria fight at West Springfield High School in March 2013 that ended with three Muslim sisters being arrested and led away in handcuffs.

A police report on the fight stated that Najma, Bibo and Filsan Hussein attacked another female student who was laughing at them during lunch period on March 7.

The victim “stated that she felt Najma punch her in the face and scratch her around her left eye,” school resource officer Mark P. Hammond wrote, adding the sisters “have been involved in similar incidents in the cafeteria on multiple occasions.”

Najma Hussein, now 19, was charged in Springfield District Court with assault and battery and disturbing a school assembly while Hibo Hussein, now 20, was charged with disturbing the school assembly; charges against Filsan Hussein, 18, were dropped because she was a minor at the time.

A trial is scheduled for May 14.

But lawyers for Nadjma and Bibo Hussein have argued in court motions that Hammond never saw the fight, and based his description of it on one-sided witness accounts.

“It’s worth noting that the Hussein sisters have reported religious and ethnic harassment and discrimination against them since they have entered West Springfield high school,” wrote Springfield lawyer Bruce E. Colton in an unsuccessful motion to dismiss the charges.

“The alleged victim in this case has been one of the students taunting the Husseins,” he added.

The case came to public attention Wednesday when the Hussein sisters described what they called a pattern of harassment and abuse by West Springfield High students and inaction by school administrators.

The sisters spoke during a classroom discussion hosted by Westfield State University associate professor Kamal Ali, who is also vice president of the of Islamic Society Western Massachusetts.

What is he doing speaking in a public classroom? Fulfilling his duty of dawah?

Born in Kenya to a family of Somalia immigrants, the sisters arrived in Baltimore in 2000 before moving to Holyoke and finally West Springfield in 2004.

They said they encountered verbal and physical abuse from students, from being called terrorists and suicide-bombers to being pushed, tripped and punched.

 And so the three sisters decided to prove they weren’t terrorists by…terrorizing other students.

Bronx: Man says Muslim CVS boss disliked his ‘white boy religion’

Earlier in the week we reported on discrimination by Muslims at Edible Arrangements. Another case at CVS, via Bronx man says Muslim CVS boss disliked his ‘white boy religion’ | New York Post.

A Bronx man says he was persecuted over his religious beliefs by bosses at CVS pharmacy after he confided in a supervisor that he’s a practicing Seventh Day Adventist.

Nowran Busgith filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday against the pharmacy giant and also his ex-supervisor, Abdul Salui.

The suit alleges Busgith was in good standing as a CVS staffer from 2008 to 2012, working his way up from a cashier to a company “loss-prevention specialist.” But he claims Salui, who is Muslim, became hostile toward him after learning of his religious beliefs, repeatedly asking “why [Busgith] was in a ‘white boy religion.’”

Salui allegedly also demanded Busgith work Saturdays when he was supposed to be praying.

“As a Seventh Day Adventist, plaintiff’s religion commands him not to work on Saturdays,” the suit says. “Until Salui found out plaintiff needed Saturdays off in order to observe his Sabbath, they were given to him freely.

“Once Salui found out why plaintiff needed those days off, he refused to give them. This put plaintiff in the position of having to obey his religious edicts or being disciplined by Salui,” the court papers allege.

Busgith, whose job was to make confidential reports to Salui about store thefts by other employees, claims Salui also began openly letting workers know whenever Salui filed a report accusing them of stealing.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, notes that Busgith is a former CVS staffer but does not detail why he left.

Utah: Muslim immigrants killing each other

via Salt Lake City News – Cover Story: Culture Clash Page 1.

After a year of waiting, Haji Rahimi, his wife, three daughters, son Nisar, the two widows of their eldest sons and their children were granted political asylum in the United States in 2000. They flew into Chicago, and from there to Utah, where they settled. Haji, now 79, says the mountains and the climate reminded him of Kabul.

In comparison to the lack of freedom in Pakistan, Nisar says, “This place was heaven, I couldn’t be more happy. There were times I used to sit and thank God for taking us out of that dirty country.”

But while the Rahimis thought they’d left violence behind them, the very cultural values that Haji had advocated against in Pakistan were waiting for them in Utah.

Waiting for them? Or they brought their cultural and Islamic baggage with them?

Nazir’s relationship with Nargis Mullahkhel—an Afghan single mother in the middle of a divorce, at odds with her family’s strict cultural values—led to friction, then violence between the two families, and ultimately to the death of Nargis’ 19-year-old brother and Nazir spending five years in prison for his killing.

Although the police who investigated the killing never got to the bottom of exactly how and why it happened, the Rahimi family’s story and court documents suggest that at the heart of the tragedy lies not only a clash between modern and traditional Islam, but also the struggle of immigrant families to both assimilate within American society and retain their cultural identities, even if those identities may sometimes chafe with American cultural values and laws.

Chafe this.

h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch who asks, “Didn’t you get an earful with the gruesome murder trial of a Burmese Muslim man who was convicted earlier this year for raping and killing a little girl (she died in excruciating pain)?”

 

UK: Investigation of Muslim takeover expands to 25 schools

via Birmingham probes Muslim takeover of schools ‘plot’ – Yahoo News.

London (AFP) – Birmingham launched a probe Monday into an alleged hardline Muslim plot to take control of schools.

The city council said it had appointed a chief adviser to examine at least 200 complaints as the investigation widened to 25 schools from an initial four.

Concerns about how some of the 430 schools in the city were being run first emerged last year in a leaked anonymous letter which outlined how to implement what it called Operation Trojan Horse.

The letter, which credited the alleged plot with forcing a change of leadership at four schools, gave instructions on ousting and replacing uncooperative headteachers and school governors.

“We have an obligation to our children to fulfil our roles and ensure these schools are run on Islamic principles,” the letter says.

“We… are on our way to getting rid of more headteachers and taking over their schools.”

The letter continued: “You must remember this is a ‘jihad’ and as such all means possible to win the war is acceptable.”

Birmingham has a large Muslim population. Some 22 percent of the city’s residents identified themselves as such in the 2011 census.

Since the letter emerged, whistleblowers including former staff have come forward, making claims that boys and girls were segregated in classrooms and assemblies, sex education was banned and non-Muslim staff were bullied.

In one case, it was alleged that the teachings of the firebrand Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011 — were praised in an assembly.

- Self-governing academies -

“As more schools have come forward than the ones named in the Trojan Horse document, issues have arisen about behaviour in schools, the way in which schools are run,” city council leader Albert Bore told BBC television.

“It is about, generally speaking, the behaviour of the schools, what happens within the schools, the school day, the school assembly, the way in which children in schools are organised.”

The allegations focus on a category of schools known as academies. Established from 2000 onwards, they are state-funded but are self-governing and independent of local authority control.

Bore said it was “part of the frustration” that the city council had no remit in the schools, which answer to the national Department for Education.

“We do not know who’s on the governing body (of the schools),” he said.

The council will publish its findings before mid-June.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has sent inspectors to 15 Birmingham schools in recent weeks.

On a visit to Birmingham earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke about the issue, saying: “We will not accept any school begin run by extremists or promoting extremist views.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Monday that schools should not be allowed to become “silos of segregation”.

“I am very concerned whenever I hear allegations that schools, funded by the taxpayer, become vehicles for the propagation of particular ideologies which divide young children and pupils off from other people in society,” he said.

“The Department for Education is taking this very seriously.”

 More:

Anonymous whistleblowers, including former teachers, have also come forward since the Trojan horse claims were reported, making accusations about the segregation of boys and girls in classes and assemblies, a ban on sex education, and bullying of non-Muslim staff. One school involved in the investigation denied claims that an al-Qaeda-linked cleric had been praised during an assembly.

Minnesota: Dozen Muslim boys leave school to attend Koran school

via Qur’an school serves growing Muslim community in north metro | Star Tribune.

Thirteen-year-old Fadel Hasan has memorized the entire roster of his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. He usually has an opinion about draft picks and trades that he doesn’t hesitate to share, his dad says.

Now, the youngster is using his memorization skills to learn and recite every word of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book.

He is one of a dozen Muslim boys who have left conventional junior and senior high schools for a period of time to attend the intensive Qur’an school Darul Arqam Center For Excellence in Blaine.

The school met with neighborhood opposition last year when it bought the building where it had been renting space and sought to create a permanent home. More than 80 neighbors signed a petition asking the city to deny a permit for the school, citing traffic and other reasons. School families said they believe fear and misunderstanding about their faith fueled the opposition, with some neighbors asking about the school’s ties to extremism.

The parents are emphatic: There are none.

The permit was approved last June.

Most students study full time for 2½ years, keeping up with regular studies through home schooling on nights and weekends. Their final exam is to recite the Qur’an in one sitting, a process that starts in the morning and continues until sunset. The first two students will sit for their final exam this spring.

All of the full-time students are boys, but weekend instruction is available for girls.

The parents who founded the Qur’an school say it is a part of the process of establishing roots in the broader community, teaching their children morals, and laying the foundation for future religious and community leaders.

Koranic morals:

Koran 5.051 anyone? “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends

Koran 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

The school is housed in a nondescript, two-story office building that the families decided to buy when it went into foreclosure.

The children who attend the Qur’an school are mostly the American-born sons and daughters of immigrants from India, Pakistan and Somalia. Many of the parents came to the United States for college or career and either have become citizens or have green cards. They are doctors, engineers, real estate agents and finance executives who have settled in the north suburbs.

To be memorized:

Quran (2:191-193)“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

Quran (2:244)“Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

Quran (2:216)Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

Quran (3:56)“As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151)“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.  This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

Quran (4:74)“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

But to the glorious story:

Samad Syed, an engineer at a Twin Cities firm, is the vice president of the nonprofit that oversees the school. His son is a toddler, too young to attend the school, but being part of its inception is important to Syed, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from India.

He estimates there are about 400 Muslim families in the north suburbs who are active in community groups. Many locate there because of jobs, schools, nice homes and other amenities that make the suburbs attractive to young families.

Once the families decided to plant roots, they stayed up nights worrying about their children’s education, future and their moral compass. They held informal religious education for their children at home but felt it wasn’t enough.

“Our kids were not getting the education we wanted them to get. It was pretty unorganized,” Syed said. “The Qur’an teaches you how to be a good human being. It teaches you how to treat other people. This is our identity, who we are.”

Dr. Muhammad Suri, a psychiatrist at a local hospital, has four daughters who attend weekend classes.

“They have a lot of questions and curiosity about religion and culture,” said Suri, who is originally from Pakistan. “This helps them understand.”

“This country has given us a lot,” he added. “We also have some good cultural and family values of our own which we think will benefit this society.”

Honor killing? Gender segregation? Polygamy? Female genital mutilation? Wife beating? Which cultural and family values will benefit this society?

NYPD Dissolves Unit That Sought Out Jihadi Hotspots

Will they dissolve units that spy on drug dealers next? End spying on Italian mobsters? Russian mobsters? Not likely, only the Muslim Mafia.

Contrary to the Muslim-influenced media, a majority of city voters believe the New York Police Department has acted appropriately in anti-terrorism efforts that have focused on Muslims. The NJ Attorney General stated it was legal and a judge ruled the Associated Press, not the NYPD, harmed Muslims.

via NYPD Dissolves Unit That Spied On Muslim Communities « CBS New York.

The NYPD has disbanded a unit that drew widespread criticism for reports that it conducted broad surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods.

As CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported, the NYPD announced Tuesday that police Commissioner Bill Bratton decided to disband the “Demographics Unit” after he took office – following a review determined that its intelligence could be gathered in other ways.

The unit was put in place by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly, 18 months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

According to a report The New York Times, the unit had already been largely inactive since Bratton took over Jan. 1. Its detectives have been reassigned.

While campaigning for office last fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would end broad spying on Muslims. He said on his watch, NYPD surveillance tactics would only be authorized to follow up on specific leads and that the police force would be under the supervision of a new inspector general

“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” the mayor said in a statement Tuesday. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

Meanwhile, Bratton met last week with Muslim community leaders to work on improved relations.

Working with community leaders who defend jihadists and seek sharia law in the U.S.?

Video shows largest al Qaeda meeting in years

While the U.S. was busy stealing a rancher’s cattle, al Qaeda was meeting and plotting.

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via Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen – CNN.com.

(CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

U.S. officials believe the highly produced video is recent. With some fighters faces blurred, there is worry it signals a new round of plotting.

“The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn’t notice,” said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.

“His message to the United States,” Cruickshank said, “was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden’s: ‘We’re coming after you.’ “

 


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