Translating Words, Interpreting Events

Kuwaiti Preacher Compares Dead Egyptian Singer, Umm Kalthum, to ‘Evil Tree’

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  June 25, 2012 Cross-posted from Jihad Watch Sheikh Mubarak al-Bathali of Kuwait recently objected to the name of the late Egyptian singer, Umm Kalthum (1904-1975), widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arab music history. He insisted that “Umm Kalthum is the [name of the] daughter of the Messenger of Allah and lord [...]

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First Apostasy Lawsuit Comes to Jordan

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Jun 22, 2012 at 4:56 am Cross-posted from Jihad Watch The true face of the “Arab Awakening’ continues to manifest itself. According to Al Sawt, prosecutors associated with Jordan’s Salafi movement have brought a lawsuit to the Sharia Court of Amman—a lawsuit being called “the first of its kind” in modern Jordan: they [...]

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El futuro de Egipto

Las elecciones presidenciales egipcias, las primeras de su clase en 7.000 años de historia nacional, están en marcha desde el pasado 22 de mayo. Mientras aguardamos a conocer los resultados definitivos, y mientras los medios occidentales se obsesionan con las imágenes de dedos manchados con tinta violeta, es bueno recordar que hay en juego en las elecciones egipcias mucho más que el «derecho» de sufragio.

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Sheikh Hassan

Egypt: Islamists vs. Copts

As Egypt’s presidential elections come to a close, with the Brotherhood claiming presidential victory, the future of Egypt’s indigenous Christians, the Copts, looks bleak.

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Egypt: Mosque “Prayer Leader” Stabs Nephew to Death

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Jun 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm Cross-posted from Jihad Watch According to Egypt’s Al Dostor, earlier this month in Tanta, Egypt, an imam of a mosque—a prayer leader and model of Muslim piety—slaughtered his own nephew with a knife because the latter refused to marry the imam’s daughter. Along with the nephew, a [...]

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Morsi Celebrates

Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy?

Has anyone stopped to ask where the headlines “Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egypt’s Presidential Election!” originate? They come, of course, straight from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies—particularly the Qatar-based Islamist propaganda machine, Al Jazeera—and were then unquestioningly picked up and spread like wildfire by the Western mainstream media and talking-heads.

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Front page of Iran's Ettela'at in 1979

Parallel Betrayals: Iranian Revolution and Arab Spring

Many are the lessons to be learned between the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the current revolutions of the Arab world. Consider the issue of the hijab, the female “veil”—the proliferation of which, according to one former Islamistand associate of al-Qaeda’s Ayman Zawahiri, is associated with a Muslim society’s downward spiral into oppression and terror.

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Islamic Terror vs. Norway Massacre: Chicken or Egg?

Ever since last year’s Norway massacre, when Anders Breivik killed some 70 people, the relativists and Muslim apologists of the world felt exonerated: for here at last, thought they, was proof positive that terrorism had nothing to do with Islamic teachings per se. If Christianity cannot be blamed for Breivik, why blame Islam for al-Qaeda?

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Sheikh Ali Wanis

Salafi Sex Scandals

heikh Ali Wanis, an Egyptian parliament member and prominent figure in the Nour Party—the Salafi party which preaches a return to early Islam based on Muhammad’s practices—was recently caught in a “compromising position” with a female other than his legal spouse(s). According to official reports, police found a parked car on a dark farm road and went to investigate.

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Joel Shrum and Jeremiah Small

A Tale of Two American Martyrs

Apologists for Islamic persecution of Christians regularly argue that the animosity is not driven by religion, but rather a “sectarian” divide, by any number of “indigenous” factors—poverty, intertribal conflicts, political machinations, etc. Other times, persecuted Christians are portrayed as Zionist agents and rapists, spies and traitors—anything other than people killed for their Christian faith.

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