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post 10th Apr 2016, 04:02pm
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Useful background here on this dreadful sectarian murder:


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post 23rd Apr 2016, 10:54am
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A wee bit more on this..

By not attending an event to help combat extremism they are opening themselves up to even more criticism, I've disagreed with Aamer Anwar many times over the years but on this occasion and his calls for change at the mosque he's head and shoulders above everyone else.

Scottish Muslim groups fail to attend Ahmadi anti-extremism event

Sikh, Jewish and Christian representatives attend campaign launch following death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah

Ahmadi Muslims in Scotland have launched an anti-extremism campaign following the death of the Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, despite the failure of other prominent Muslims to attend the event.

Representatives of the Glasgow Central Mosque and the Muslim Council of Scotland were invited to attend the launch alongside other faith groups, but the Guardian understands that both sent their apologies at the last minute.

Shah, who lived in the multicultural Shawlands area of Glasgow, was fatally stabbed outside his newsagents on 24 March.

Shah was an Ahmadi, a member of a minority sect of Islam that faces persecution and violence in countries such as Pakistan and is treated with open hostility by many orthodox Muslims in the UK because it differs from their belief that Muhammad is the final prophet sent to guide humankind.

The man charged with Shah’s murder is also a Muslim, and recently released a statement through his lawyer saying the killing was justified because Shah had “disrespected” Islam.

As part of the United Against Extremism campaign, posters sponsored by the Ahmadi community will be displayed on buses in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee for two weeks.

The event’s organiser Ahmed Owusu-Konadu said: “We are undertaking this campaign as part of our stand on the rejection of all forms of extremism and as a message of solidarity with all who have been its victims, including Asad Shah, and others in Paris, Turkey, Brussels, Pakistan, Nigeria.”

Abdul Abid, president of the Ahmadiyya community in Scotland, admitted he was disappointed that other Muslim leaders had not attended the launch. Representatives of Glasgow’s Sikh and Jewish communities and the Church of Scotland’s inter-faith group were all present, alongside local politicians, representatives of Police Scotland and Glasgow’s lord provost.

The Guardian has reported on how Ahmadis across the UK face shunning and discrimination by Muslims of Shia and Sunni faiths.

Abid said: “We are not asking them to stand united in faith with us but to stand united against extremism. If Glasgow Central Mosque is against extremism, they should be here today.”

Independent of the murder investigastion, Police Scotland are investigating alleged links between the head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque and a banned sectarian group in Pakistan. A recent BBC investigation claimed that Sabir Ali was president of Sipah-e-Sahaba, a militant political party that has accepted responsibility for deadly sectarian attacks against Shia Muslims and Ahmadiyya minorities in Pakistan, and was banned by the Home Office in 2001.

Following Shah’s death, Aamer Anwar, one of Scotland’s most outspoken Muslim reformers, helped to broker a unique event where representatives of Sunni, Shia, Ahmadi and Pakistani Christian communities shared a platform for the first time, and vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder against extremism.

At the time, Anwar said: “A very small minority of the community may think it’s OK to meddle in the cesspit of violent extremist politics in Pakistan, but we are united in saying that we do not want to import sectarian violence that has caused so much division and so much bloodshed to our community or to our streets.”

He has since received death threats himself, which are under investigation by the police.

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post 26th Apr 2016, 01:51pm
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By not attending an event to help combat extremism they are opening themselves up to even more criticism, I've disagreed with Aamer Anwar many times over the years but on this occasion and his calls for change at the mosque he's head and shoulders above everyone else.

The Moslem fanatics are constantly accusing the west of depredations and warring against Moslems. In actual fact they hate themselves to a far greater degree than they hate the western nations. This is evident from the killings and mayhem visited upon Moslems by Al Qaeda, Isis, the Taliban, Boko Harem and a proliferation of fanatical psychopaths set upon the destruction of all forms of Islam that they (most of them are unable to read the Quran, or anything else for that matter) in their infinite degeneration find offensive to their gun and knife spread of Islam. If left alone and isolated they will then turn on each other and continue to murder until happily there are none of them left alive.

Today in Australia we have seen the arrest of a youth on terrorist for attempting to attack the war memorial celebrations. The little s*%t had been to an intensive "de radicalization program" (Libertarian politicians
answer to mass murdering terrorists who have the misfortune in living in civilized society).

De radicalization? that's one the Marxs brothers could not have come up with.
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post 28th Apr 2016, 03:20pm
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Very true and what happened in Glasgow recently shows that!!
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