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This weekend, more than 35,000 Muslims from 100 different countries will meet in Hampshire, England, to denounce violence and promote world peace.

In the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester  earlier this year, the gathering sends a powerful message that Muslims stand with the rest of the world in condemning extremism in all its forms.

Source: Over 35,000 British Muslims Gather in Hampshire to Condemn Terrorism and Promote Peace


Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the worst atrocity on European soil since the second world war, the genocide in Srebrenica. This year, thousands will gather at more than 400 events in the UK to commemorate those who were murdered in the genocide and to reflect on how hatred is affecting our communities here in the UK and what we can do to prevent this.

Last year reminded us that the UK cannot afford to become complacent about community cohesion, with some sections of the media and certain political figures stirring up hatred in our communities and a 41% increase in reported hate crime in the aftermath of the EU referendum. A disproportionate level of this hate crime has been targeted at women. At the same time, reported violence against women in the UK has reached an all-time high. As in Bosnia, the root of these crimes is the dehumanisation of others – the belief that the perpetrator is superior by reason of sex, race or nationality, and has the right to control, humiliate or hurt their victims.

If we want to build stronger, safer, more cohesive communities, we must name and address the issue of male violence against women and girls and recognise that hatred and dehumanisation are the root of this. We must include sexism and violence against women and girls in our fight against all forms of identity-based hatred.

That’s why we are breaking the silence by inviting women such as Bakira Hasečić, president of the Association of Women Victims of War and a survivor of genocidal rape, to speak about their experiences at commemorations in the UK. Bakira is one of the bravest women I have ever met. By speaking out

Source: Why we need to break the silence around rape and violence against women | Waqar Azmi | Opinion | The Guardian


‘Around 1,000 members of that march were black-clad anarchists, though the demands and politics of the protesters in Hamburg range wildly. Many said they were demonstrating against globalization and capitalism. Others protested the policies of certain leaders, like Trump, who has targeted immigrants and Muslims, in addition to withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and authoritarian leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Others expressed dissatisfaction with the outsized importance of the summit, which brings together the world’s 20 most powerful economies and attracts wide-scale protests virtually every year.’

‘The protests also kept some summit attendees indoors. Spouses of world leaders typically attend a host of events during the summit, but U.S. First Lady Melania Trump was unable to leave her accommodations as protesters gathered outside her guest house. “The Hamburg police could not give us clearance to leave,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for the First Lady, said. “She was prevented from participating in today’s spousal program, which she was looking forward to.”

Trump herself tweeted her concern for those injured in the clashes, while making no connection between the demonstrations and her husband’s policies:’

Source: Protests, arrests rock G-20 summit as police clash with activists


Right-wing bloggers and writers are up in arms over recent comments made by Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, saying she called for a “jihad” against the Trump administration.

Her detractors, however, don’t appear to understand what jihad means.

The controversy began on Thursday after news broke that Sarsour, who gained national recognition for helping organizing the Women’s March on Washington, delivered a speech to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) over the weekend. When describing how she plans to resist Donald Trump’s administration and attacks on the Islamic community, she articulated her activist work in religious terms — using the word jihad.

Below is a transcript of the comments in question, provided for full context.

You can count on me every single day to use my voice to stand up, not only to people outside our community who are oppressing our communities, but those inside our community who aid and abet the oppressors outside our community.

There is a man who once asked our beloved prophet … has said to him, “What is the best form of jihad or struggle?”

And our beloved prophet … said to him, “A word of truth in front of a tyrant or leader, that is the best form of jihad.” I hope, that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts us as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or the other side of the world, but here in the United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reining in the White House.

Sarsour was clearly using the term jihad to promote speaking truth to power. But within hours of the speech, conservative outlets such as Fox News Insider, Conservative Review, and Breitbart began reporting on the speechusing headlines that did not contextualize the term, such as “Linda Sarsour calls for Muslims to wage ‘jihad’ against Trump.” Fox News Insider did explain her use of the term

Source: A Muslim activist referenced jihad and the right freaked out because they don’t know what it means


ISIS butchers cooked the baby son of a Yazidi sex slave held captive in a cellar and fed him to his unsuspecting and starving mother, an Iraqi MP claims. Vian Dakhill also revealed during an emotio…

Source: ISIS butchers cooked the baby son of Yazidi sex slave and fed him to his unsuspecting mother, Iraqi MP reveals


A social worker shares concerns about radicalisation, Prevent, and its focus on muslims rather than on far-right groups

Source: ‘Following recent terror attacks, social work must re-evaluate its approach to radicalisation’


I’ve spent years conducting research in devout Salafi communities. Theresa May’s focus on ideology as a means of tackling terror could backfire

Source: Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist. But crime and exclusion can | Z Fareen Parvez | Opinion | The Guardian


It’s not just about abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours – the spiritual side of Islam’s holiest month is far more important.

Source: Discovering the true meaning of Ramadan | The National


Inside the world’s most ruthless – and successful – political party

Source: Why the Tories keep winning


Civil rights groups fear the order will give people sweeping license to discriminate against women and LGBTQ Americans.

Source: Groups brace for Trump’s religious liberty order | TheHill

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