Translating Words, Interpreting Events

Egyptian Cleric: No to Mother’s Day—Even if it Saddens Mothers

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Mar 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm Cross-posted from Jihad Watch Sheikh Yassir al-Burhami, an influential leader in Egypt’s Salafi party—which won some 25% of the nation’s votes, second only to the Muslim Brotherhood—just issued a fatwa banning any participation in Mother’s Day, which is celebrated March 21st in Egypt. According to Ahl Al-Quran, [...]

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Egypt’s Top Presidential Candidate: ‘Sharia Must be Applied’

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Mar 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm Cross-posted from Jihad Watch Yesterday at a conference, Dr. Abd al-Mun’im Abu al-Futuh—the most popular presidential candidate in Egypt and a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure—declared that “Islam must be upheld and Sharia must be applied; nor shall we permit the methods of the former regime—imprisoning our sons [...]

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Seven Wonders of Ancient World

Islam: The Eighth Wonder of the World?

by Ahmad al-Baghdadi (translated and introduced by Raymond Ibrahim) Originally published by the Stonegate Institute Translations of this item: Hebrew Spanish Provided they can be objective, members of a civilization are often best placed to critique that civilization. Accordingly, the following article, which recently made the rounds on various Arabicwebsites, is a good example of honest criticism [...]

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Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012

Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone due to the unleashed forces of jihad, many of them fleeing to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack by al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history.

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Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti

Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for “Destruction of All Churches in Region”

Published in Jihad Watch Translations of this item: Dutch According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait, where [...]

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Egyptian Presidential Candidate: ‘I am the Mahdi’

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  Mar 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm Cross-posted from Jihad Watch According to today’s edition of Egypt’s Al-Wafd, a popular political website, the latest candidate for the Egyptian presidency, Muhammad Muhammad Musa, claims he is the hidden Mahdi — a savior figure in Islamic eschatology. After exiting from the Supreme Council for Elections, Musa [...]

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Christians, Jihadists, and the Fate of Syria

What is the alternative to Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria? A simple if indirect way to find out is to consider which groups in Syria are especially for or against Assad—and why.

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Refuting Muslim Apologetics Concerning Tawriya (“Creative Lying”)

Sam Shamoun of Answering Islam recently forwarded me an article titled “Tawriya: Islamic Doctrine of ‘Creative Lying’? Response to Raymond Ibrahim,” appearing on a website called Muslim Debate Initiative, and written by one Shadid (“Severe”) Lewis in response to my recent exposition on the doctrine of tawriya.

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Islamic Conquests

The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see herefor example), it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.

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Tawriya: New Islamic Doctrine Permits ‘Creative Lying’

Perhaps you have heard of taqiyya, the Muslim doctrine that allows lying in certain circumstances, primarily when Muslim minorities live under infidel authority. Now meet tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtuallyall circumstances—including to fellow Muslims and by swearing to Allah—provided the liar is creative enough to articulate his deceit in a way that is true to him.

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