More on the BNP danger

Black Information Link have published this article on tactics the BNP are using to up their share of the vote in the opinion polls in the run-up to this Thursday’s elections. They have also published a transcript of their mayoral candidate’s interview with the BBC presenter Jon Gaunt.

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Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’oon …

News has reached us that Shaikh Abdul-Rahman al-Shaghouri, a major shaikh of Damascus, has passed away. Besides being a shaikh of ‘aqida and fiqh, he was also a renowned Sufi shaikh and was the teacher in Sufism of Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and other scholars well-known to us in the west. Continue reading

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Greg Palast: good riddance

I wondered how long it would take before someone said that Ronnie Reagan wasn’t the great statesman some sections of the media have made him out to be since he finally snuffed it last week. Well, Greg Palast has done it.

Why do people call him the Gipper, by the way?

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Let’s hope Sally Clark stayed in today …

I’ve got a rather uncared-for Miscarriages of Justice page which I may have transferred to Blogistan but the link on my home page still points to my old Geocities site. It gives details of a few pending cases of people in jail, or recently in jail, who either shouldn’t be or shouldn’t have been. All but one of the people on there, alhamdu lillah, are now free. They are not the most infamous incidents where people spent 15 or even 25 or more years in jail, but the most obviously crazy cases, like the woman jailed for first-degree murder for her boyfriend’s killing of her daughter while she was asleep, and the young girl jailed for murdering a toddler in Texas despite the lack of any evidence, and two of the women jailed in the UK after suffering multiple cot deaths which experts presumed were murders. Some of these are still in jail, but last year they started being released, beginning with Sally Clark. Continue reading

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Another Respect-bashing article!

Another week, another Respect-bashing piece from a centre-left journo in the British press. The usual culprits are Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch. (You can read the latest Aaronovitch piece here at the Guardian’s site.) The latest is in the New Statesman, a Labour-supporting weekly, by Nick Cohen, who has continually attacked the anti-war movement. His contention is that it is an alliance of the Socialist Workers’ Party and the Muslim Association of Britain, which he alleges is the British arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading

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No scam-baiting for me …

The fatwa I requested from Islam Online has been given … Dr Monzer Kahf, “a prominent economist and counselor”, wrote that it is permissible to lie in order to catch a criminal, but not to simply waste their time. Unless I make “definite arrangement” with the authorities, he advises me to delete these emails.

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Just back from the Lakes …

Last week I decided to go and join my parents briefly on their holiday in the Lake District. For those that don’t know, the Lake District is a part of north-west England, and it’s a mountainous area with, well, a lot of long, narrow lakes. I travelled for the whole of Thursday (in a car you can do it in half a day if you leave early - we just have done, on the way back), but by bus it will take pretty much all day, and that’s if the traffic’s good. (By train it will take less than that, but it’s expensive and this week they have been rebuilding the line, so that the trains can go at 125 mph rather than the usual 110.) Continue reading

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London Elects – 10th June

Recently we all got a pamphlet through our door entitled London’s Elections - The Candidates with the manifestos of all the people putting themselves forward to be our mayor on June 10th. The candidates are:

  • Frank Maloney (UK Independence Party)
  • Steve Norris (Conservative)
  • Ram Gidoomal C.B.E. (Christian People’s Alliance)
  • Ken Livingstone (Labour)
  • Julian Leppert (British Nazi, whoops, I mean National Party)
  • Darren Johnson (Green)
  • Dr Tammy Nagalingam (independent)
  • Lorna Reid (Independent Working Class Association)
  • Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat)
  • Lindsey German (Respect)
  • Continue reading

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    Kingston Green Fair & Galloway speech

    It’s 10 days to go until the election insha Allah, and today I went to two separate Respect engagements - a stall they were running in Kingston Green Fair which was here in Kingston down by the river, and a speech in an Indian restaurant in Hounslow by George Galloway in the evening. I hadn’t heard of the Green Fair until a couple of weeks ago - it has an environmental theme and features a lot of exotic stalls selling food and clothes, and various political stalls from groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. It also brought out the hippies, Rastas and even Hare Krishnas. We had a stall which was in one of the less well-frequented corners of the fairground although I did manage to shift quite a few of their leaflets. Continue reading

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    So, Abu Hamza’s off the streets

    So, Abu Hamza’s finally been taken off the streets, not because of David Blunkett’s efforts to take his citizenship away so they can bury him alive in Belmarsh, but because the US government has filed a series of charges against him (and someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Abu Hamza has ever set foot in the USA). One wonders if Bliar or Blunkett had a word in someone’s ear in Washington and suggested that they might bring these charges to relieve them of this nuisance. In any case, one expects that Abu Hamza will fight the extradition proceedings in the British courts, and that this may take years. Continue reading

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    Back on the wagons

    I’ve just done two more days of driving trucks around - yesterday it was in a sort of anticlockwise circular tour of Surrey county, from Croydon to Weybridge, Egham, Woking, Guildford, then down to East Grinstead and on to Hildenborough (near Sevenoaks in Kent) to drop off a hire truck and pick up the company’s own wagon. Then I had to drive it back to Croydon. Today, it was around South London.

    Continue reading

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    So, where’s Manji’s hadeeth coming from?

    If you’ve been reading carefully you’ll have noticed that one of our “correspondents” has quoted a hadith to the effect that “religion is the way we conduct ourselves toward others …”. I didn’t realise until I just read Amir’s blog that he was quoting from Irshad Manji. Well, Amir has done some research and has found no trace of it! (Even if it’s authentic, the meaning is clearly nothing like that which this person puts on it.)

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    Kerry, Michael Moore and getting rid of Bush

    Now that Michael Moore and his film have won the Palme D’Or in Cannes, I thought it was time to posit this possibility. We hear quite often that Kerry’s main draw is that he is a Vietnam vet who later became anti-war, unlike Bush and his gang, many of whom avoided Vietnam but are very keen to send soldiers to fight a pointless war in Iraq. Continue reading

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    Out on the streets for Respect

    Today I was out in Kingston town centre again handing out the new newspaper-style election leaflets for the Respect Coalition. I had to wear a ‘jacket’ consisting of two of their “Bliar, Bliar, Iraq’s On Fire” posters tied back to back, which kept blowing over my head and I could feel the edge of the front poster rubbing against my neck, which is not altogether comforting. But I managed to get rid of a fair few papers although I got a rather dismissive reaction from some of the young “chavs” (apathetic, yobbish urban riff-raff), one group of whom threw my paper on the floor as soon as my back was turned. Continue reading

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    Back to the blog!

    I haven’t had the opportunity to blog for a couple of days because I have been busy working - I went back to my old job agency on Wednesday and was out at work the next day, delivering cleaning supplies down to the Kent coast on Thursday and plastic goods of some sort to Waterlooville in Hampshire yesterday - I have a particular liking for that run because it takes me past the marvellous “Devil’s Punch Bowl” - a natural amphitheatre which the main road skirts near the top, giving a magnificent view (which the government wants to destroy by building a tunnel and blocking that stretch of road off). On Thursday in particular I didn’t finish work until 8pm, because I got stranded at the company’s yard outside Caterham, had to wait for someone to pick me up, who got me to Caterham town centre a few minutes after the bus to Croydon had left. So it must have been about 10pm or later when I made it home. But it’s nice to be back out on the road - it’s a whole lot more enjoyable than being stuck in an office, if the office job is not particularly intellectually challenging. Continue reading

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    Threats halt car pool vigilante site

    I found a rather amusing story about a website which put up pictures of lone commuters in California using the lane reserved for car-pools - until it was taken down following threatening emails. Over here we don’t have a car pool system the same way they seem to in America (the term does not exist here, for one thing), let alone lanes reserved for them on the motorways, which for the most part don’t run into urban areas here anyway. When I first read this article I thought this was a great idea, but on second thoughts, supposing someone submits pictures of offences which have already been prosecuted, or faked pictures? Perhaps these types of public humiliation cams aren’t such a good thing after all.

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    IACN article on Khilaafa …

    I didn’t think I was going to have anything to blog today, until I got the circular from the “Islamic Affairs Central Network” in Nottingham, which had an article (follow the link “Khilafa Callers Behaving Badly”) about Khilaafa campaigners disrupting lectures by visiting scholars. (You might like to read this article on why the author left one of these groups, and this one on their attempt to turn the issue of drug addiction into a Khilaafa rally in south London.)

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    Another anti-philosopher

    Unlike Saraji, I briefly did philosophy when I was in college (AS-level, one year, 1994-5). A little of it was interesting, much of it was boring and some of it was profoundly disturbing. We did Plato, René Descartes, JS Mill, Friedrich Nietzsche and David Hume. I mentioned this list of names to my Mum, and I remember her reciting the Monty Python Philosophers’ Song, which included the couplet, “Ren&eacute’ Descartes was a drunken old fart - I drink, therefore I am”. Continue reading

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    Couple of articles from today’s Guardian

    While a lot of people are celebrating that the Bharatiya Ja-Nazi Party has been booted out of office in India, George Monbiot reports that some of the darlings of western politicians have been booted out of the state government of Andhra Pradesh in south-eastern India. (This isn’t the first time Indian state politicians in league with western companies have screwed local people - Arundhati Roy here tells a similar tale involving Enron in Maharashtra, in which it became cheaper to use private generators than to buy electricity from the state power company. This is a PDF, but do a search on Google as there’s several copies of it in HTML around.)

    Meanwhile, here’s a review, of Michael Moore’s film in the Guardian, and here’s one from the BBC.

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    Robert Spencer is still lying

    Ginny posted yesterday about sitting in her family’s truck while they listened to the infamous Robert Spencer’s appearance on the Michael Savage show (see here). Ginny is of course not the first Muslim convert who has had to defend Islam from hostile relatives - a lot of non-Muslims (including several of my family) cannot fathom why someone would give up listening to music, for example. Spencer was trotting out verses from the Qur’an which supposedly justify the murder of Nick Berg. No doubt he took the verses out of context - this is, of course, standard Wahhabi practice whenever they want to call Muslims unbelievers, or kill non-Muslims they don’t have the right to kill.

    But the fact is that there is no justification for the murder, which is why several Muslim organisations have condemned it (perhaps some of the ignorant fringe groups support it, but I haven’t heard about it). You can’t simply kill someone because he is a Jew, or because he has an Israeli stamp in his passport. There has been no suggestion that this man was even involved in combat of any sort, even as a “contractor”.

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