‏إظهار الرسائل ذات التسميات Christians. إظهار كافة الرسائل
‏إظهار الرسائل ذات التسميات Christians. إظهار كافة الرسائل


Saint Samaan #Church #Christian #Jew #Islam #egypt #Coptic

Saint Samaan #Church  #Christian #Jew #Islam #egypt #Coptic 

In the MoKattam, every Thursday evening mass and public exorcisms take place in one of the cave churches. Dive into an area where miracles are often, and the people extraordinary.
In the Mokattam, every Thursday evening mass and public exorcisms take place in one of the cave churches. Dive into an area where miracles are often, and the people extraordinary.
By Louise Sarant, Community Times
Mansheyet Nasser is mostly a Coptic area situated on the lowest slope of the Mokattam hill. This is the residence of the Zabaleen, or slum dwellers, who cart away the rubbish of Cairo metropolis. Apart from a dozen houses inhabited by Muslims and a small “masged” (mosque) among the dusty roads deprived of asphalt of the neighbourhood, mostly Copts are installed there.
The main road of Mansheyet Nasser, lined with cram-full garbage bags that reach impressive heights, bakeries, butcheries and other religious shops, climbs steeply to what the residents call “el dir”, the monastery, even though no monastery is to be seen. However, five amazing churches are established in this secluded and final area of the neighbourhood. A curvy paved road leads to a wide area back by the impressive raw, colored rock of the Mokattam, carved with holy images of the Christ carried out by Marcos, a polish sculptor.
Partly because of the round cafeteria packed with youngsters, who seem to enjoy this moment of rare freedom, and also the huge cave church know as “Saint Samaan Church” excavated in the rock that can host 20,000 people, the common sense of proportion starts to diminish. Thursday evenings sermons of Abouna Samaan, the priest of Mansheyet Nasser, attract thousands of people each week, some from the Mokattam, others from Cairo.
Microbuses also bring faithful Christians through the narrow and smelly streets of this tiny village. The contrast between the pristine and no-smoking area of “el dir” and the smelly streets of Mansheyet Nasser is startling, and gives an impression of sudden serenity and harmony.


In order to understand why the father of the neighbourhood, whose name is Farahat, has chosen to baptize himself, as well as the church, Abouna Samaan, it is necessary to go back in time, while keeping in mind the legendary aspect of this tale.
A thousand years ago in Egypt, a rather tolerant Caliph encouraged Muslim, Christian and Jewish teachers to debate controversial issues without anger. A battle of wits started between a Jew and a Christian upon religious matters, and the Jewish teacher, in order to force the Coptic patriarch Abraham to the wall, quoted an excerpt of the Bible that says: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain move from here to there, and it will move”.
The Caliph was thrilled because through the accomplishment of this miracle, the Christian faith would be validated and there would be a way of expanding the city eastwards, blocked by the mountain. In case of failure, the future of the whole Christian community would be doomed.
The patriarch was granted three days to achieve this miracle, and started by warning the whole community of the imminent threat upon them, inviting them to pray and feast through the day. On the third day, the patriarch, hopeless, had a vision of the Virgin Mary that unveiled the identity of the man who will accomplish the miracle: Samaan, the shoemaker. Indeed, at sunset on the same day, the mountain rose up three times, and while it rose for the last time, the sun was seen under the mountain. The history, or legend, of the miracle that saved the whole Christian community from an assured extinction is still vivid today, which explains the name both of Farahat and the church.
Many miracles happen in those churches of the Mokattam, which also justify the use of the shoemaker’s name.


On Thursday evenings, the first hour and a half is devoted to praying in the massive church of Saint Samaan and listening to the sermon of Abouna Samaan.
Around 9 pm, the huge assembly parts in two, those who go back to their homes and those who will follow the mass exorcism that is to take place right after the sermon in Mar Girgis Church. This church is considerably smaller than the previous one; still around 2000 people can be seated without a feeling of claustrophobia.
Originally, this church was a cavern filled with 140,000 tons of rocks. The auditorium-like shape of the cave is filled with rows of quite uncomfortable folding seats. In the middle stands a stage where the acts of exorcism are performed, and on both sides of the central stage, two neat queues (one for women and one for the men) are forming. Dressed in black with a bushy grey beard and a wooden cross in the right hand, Abouna Samaan radiates an impression of solemnity and wisdom that is quite striking to the audience.
A tiny orchestra, led by a dynamic choir and a few instruments is lightening the atmosphere by playing a whole repertoire of songs glorifying Jesus while the exorcisms take place. The lyrics can be easily followed on a big screen that is hung on the wall of the cavern, scrolling on images of happy people. A woman is on stage, standing in front of the priest. Her body is shivering while he firmly presses his wooden cross on her forehead while whispering a prayer. In an instant, she is lying on the stage floor, almost unconscious.
A khadeema immediately covers her body with a white sheet and Abouna Samaan crouches close to the distressed women. Her body is struck by spasms, and her high-pitched screams fill the whole cave. The attention of the audience is total. After hitting her many times with his wooden cross so that her body calms down, he grabs the microphone and asks to the evil spirits inside her: “How many of you are there?” She screams louder, the audience stiffens.
“Six”, she answers.
The priest starts praying for her in the name of Christ and in the name of the cross, then orders her to lift her left leg. “Irfa!” he yells, while the leg of the young woman begins rising under the sheets, thus creating a very unnatural shape. “Put it back down!” yells the priest, and she obeys promptly. On the third time she lifts her leg, he addresses the devil and tells him that now is time to leave this body, and that he will let go of her when her leg touches the floor for the last time.
At that moment, one of the numerous khadeemas on the stage pours “Baraka” water (from a real Baraka bottle) into the priest’s palm. As soon as the poor woman’s leg is back on the floor, Abouna Samaan sharply splashes her face with the holy water, prompting the immediate release from the evil spirit that inhabited her. She is helped to stand on her two feet again, and is invited by the priest to stomp her feet in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. She then readjusts the veil that has been crumpled in the exorcism process, and leaves the cave.
It could sound unconventional, but many Muslim men and women come to Abouna Samaan for an exorcism. It also happens in the Mar Girgis Cathedral in Ramses, where Abouna Makary Younane proceeds with exorcisms every Friday evenings.



سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
“In time We shall make them fully understand Our messages (through what they perceive) in the utmost horizons (for example in the scientific examination of the material universe) and within them­selves (for example in events that will unfold in the process of history) so that it will become clear unto them that this (Qur’ān) is indeed the truth. (Still) is it not enough (for them to know) that thy Lord-God is witness unto everything?
(Qur’ān, Fussilāt, 41:53)
Egypt is in a state of transition and it behoves Egyptians – Christians as well as Muslims – to seek to know the destination to which political change is taking them. Coptic Christians believe that Egypt, the land to which Nabi ‘Isa and his mother Mariam (‘alaihima al-Salām) were brought when they fled the Holy Land, has a special eschatological role to play when Nabi ‘Isa is to return. Muslims share with Christians the belief in that momentous messianic return with which history will end.  Will Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians now seek to build a common ground with which to jointly resist those who are hell-bent on attacking not only Iran and Pakistan, but also Egypt as well? Egyptian Muslims must be reminded of the blessed Prophet’s advice regarding Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt:
(إذا فُتِحَتْ مصرُ فاستوصُوا بالقِبْطِ خيرا فإن لهم ذِمَّةً ورَحِما. (البغوى، والطبرانى، والحاكم عن كعب بن مالك
“When you conquer Egypt be good to the Coptic (Christians) for they are your kith and kin.”(al-Baghawy, al-Tabarani, al-Hakim as narrated by K’ab bin Malik)
Both Islamic as well as Christian scholarship in Egypt should seek to discern the direction in which history is moving so that they can both pursue an effort for penetrating and understanding the reality which now confronts them.
This essay is presented to facilitate that effort.

Questions to be answered:
  • Is the world moving in the direction of becoming one global society with one world economy, one universal electronic currency, and one world government? – and if so, who wants to rule the world at the head of that world government? Is it Dajjāl the false Messiah who, in order to successfully impersonate Nabi ‘Isa - the true Messiah, must rule the world from Jerusalem?
  • Are recent ‘colour’ revolutions and the ‘Arab spring’ connected to that ominous movement of global change?
  • Should Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians swim with, or against, the global tidal wave?
  • Will Israel attack Egypt from the East and NATO from the West (i.e., from Zionist Libya) in order to seize Egypt’s Eastern Delta and to then incorporate it into the territory of the Euro-Jewish State? Where is the Israeli Embassy located in Cairo? Why would Israel covet that part of Egypt?
  • Will Egypt survive such an attack as one territory, or will it suffer the previous fate of Dār al-Islām to be broken into largely harmless bits and pieces?
  • What can Egyptian Christians and Muslims do to prepare themselves for an Israeli/NATO attack on Egypt?
  • When viewed from scriptural law - is Egypt’s 1979 Peace Treaty with Israel Halāl or Harām?
Allah Most High has declared that He sent down the Qur’ān on the blessed Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in order that it might “explain all things”:
(وَنَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ تِبْيَانًا لِّكُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً وَبُشْرَى لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ) 
(Qur’ān, al-Nahl, 16:89)
As we attempt in this essay to address the subject of “Whither Oh Egypt?” and to commence the effort to answer the above, as well as other questions, we hasten to recognize that both the Qur’ān and theAhadīth of the blessed Prophet have delivered information and guidance concerning the subject ofstrategic affairs in the context of the process of history. However there is a specific methodology which must be used to so penetrate the Qur’ān and Ahadīth that they might explain today’s mysterious world of ominous global change and reveal what role, if any, Egypt is destined to play at the end of history. We have made an attempt to explain that methodology in our book entitled ‘An Islamic View of Gog and Magog in the Modern World’. (Readers may kindly note that many of my books, including the above book, have been translated to Arabic and are available for free download from my website:www.imranhosein.org). We plan to revisit that subject of methodology in a subsequent essay Insha Allah, in the context of a comparison with Salafi Islamic scholarship’s rival methodology.
Let us take a brief look at some of the fruit that I was blessed to reap (praise be to Allah Most High) while using that methodology.
  • I was able to anticipate – more than 15 years ago – the collapse of the US dollar and US economy and the subsequent emergence of a new international monetary system of electronic money that would replace the petro-dollar monetary system. The final nail in the US dollar’s coffin is about to be struck – hence the American reluctance to launch an attack on Iran.
  • I also anticipated, in a lecture delivered in Sydney, Australia in September 2002 (“Beyond September 11th 2001: What does the Future hold in store for Muslims?”), the Arab uprisings that would topple Arab regimes with a domino effect.The uprisings took the world by surprise some ten years later – much later in fact, than I had expected.
  • I was able to intuitively grasp – within hours of the 9/11 attack on America – that the Israeli Mossad and American CIA had jointly planned and executed that false-flag act of terrorism so that it might perform the same function as the act of terrorism in the summer of 1914 (i.e., the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo) which spawned great wars. Those wars resulted in USA replacing Britain as the ruling State in the world, and the plan was that history would repeat itself in the wars which would flow from the 9/11terrorist attack so that Israel might replace USA as the ruling State in the world. An Israeli attack on Iran and/or Pakistan will do precisely that. It will spawn great wars that would eventually so trap and weaken USA that a transition to another ruling State in the world could be accomplished.
  • And finally, I anticipated, more than a year ago, that the Arab ‘spring’ would lead to the emergence of ‘Islamic’ governments in the Arab world which in turn would set the stage for a Zionist-planned and executed Arab ‘slaughter’ prophesied for Ākhir al-Zamān. That slaughter seems to be just around the corner, as a consequence Egyptians should seek to ensure that the Egyptian Government and Armed Forces are not conned into aiding and abetting that slaughter.
The test of Truth is that it must deliver a valid explanation of reality – strategic and otherwise – at different stages in the movement of history. My methodology is Alhamdu lillah working, and critics should know that trees will be judged by the fruit that they produce.
This essay argues that only the Qur’ān and the Ahadīth of the blessed Prophet can explain the reality of the world today – its political and economic reality, the reality of money, the ominously emerging global society, war on Islam, oppression of Muslims, and most of all a Zionist State of Israel obsessed with a messianic mission of replacing USA as the ruling State in the world while imposing its political, economic and religious dominion over the Arabs as well as the rest of mankind.
The essay recognizes that reality to have profoundly dangerous implications for an Egypt that was conned in 1973 into first facilitating the emergence of the Zionist Petro-dollar monetary system, and then in 1979 into foolishly and sinfully embracing the oppressor Zionist State of Israel in a bogus treaty of peace and friendship.
This essay presents evidence with which to make the claim that mankind now lives in Ākhir al-Zamān(the last age) and that the key to understanding today’s ominous reality is located in Islamic Eschatology (‘Ilmu Ākhir al-Zamān). Despite that claim, this writer views eastern Christian eschatological scholarship with great respect.
Let us now look a little closer at today’s mysterious world for which we seek an explanation from the Qur’ān and Ahadīth. We hope to advance our description and analysis of this subject in subsequent essays Insha’ Allah.
The return of the Jews to the Holy Land
It is a historical fact that Jews were expelled from the Holy Land 2000 years ago, and could not return for all of those 2000 years to reclaim the Holy Land as their own. For more than a thousand years of that exile the Jews found a secure home in the world of Islam while Europe in particular, continuously oppressed them. The strangest and most mysterious of all events to have occurred in history has been the return of the Jews, after 2000 years of scattered exile, to reclaim the Holy Land as their own. The same Europe which had continuously oppressed them - was now responsible for bringing them back to the Holy Land. A brand new actor in history, the non-Semitic European Jew, played a decisive role in that momentous return. The European Jews installed themselves as oppressors who now oppressed in the Holy Land the very Muslims who had provided the Semitic Jews with a secure home in Dār al-Islām through more than a thousand years of Jewish exile. This essay asks the question: was all of this an accident of history or is there an explanation for this mysterious blood-stained Jewish return to the Holy Land? Since the Qur’ān was sent down to explain all things, what explanation is there in the Qur’ān which explains this mysterious return?
It is even stranger and more mysterious that the Jews have restored a State of Israel in the Holy Land more than 2000 years after Holy Israel was destroyed by Divine decree,and that they are now poised to bring down USA as the supreme world power so that Israel can replace USA as the last of three modern ruling States.  In much the same way that Pax Americana replaced Pax Britanica so too, it appears, Pax Judaica is about to replace Pax Americana. This essay asks: is this happening by accident, or is there an explanation which explains the above? If so, what is that explanation? Is the Qur’ān silent on this subject or does it provide an explanation?
We presented an explanation more than 10 years ago in our best-selling book entitled ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’ān’. The book has been translated to several languages – including Arabic – and has been widely read by many people, Muslims as well as others.  The world of Islamic scholarship however, continues to respond to ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’ān’ with an inexplicable silence.
The return of the Jews to the Holy Land was achieved because of a mysterious reconciliation, friendship and alliance between western European Christians and European Jews. The mysterious glue which bonded together these two hitherto hostile peoples emerged from the far-away Caucasus mountains (see my book on Gog and Magog). That alliance is today recognized as the Judeo-Christian Zionist alliance which has NATO as its military arm and which dominates most of the world, including most of the world of Islam. However the reconciliation and alliance had its origins long before the birth of the Zionist Movement when Jews in Europe played a role in financing the Euro-Crusades that sought to ‘liberate’ the Holy Land from Muslim rule. Our readers should note with care that while (Christian) Rūm of the Qur’ān is today recognized as a part of Europe i.e., Eastern Europe, it is not a part of the Zionist Judeo-Christian alliance.
A warning from the Qur’ān of a Judeo-Christian alliance
A proper study of the Qur’ān, while using the correct methodology, should have allowed both Christian and Islamic scholarship to anticipate the emergence in history of that mysterious Judeo-Christian alliance.  Consider the following:
Verse 52 ofSūrah al-Māidah of the Qur’ān has prohibited Muslims from taking Jews and Christians as their friends and allies:
(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاء)
The classical commentators of the Qur’ān directed primary attention to enumerating the different kinds of relationships and friendly ties encompassed within the meaning of the verse. Proper methodology required however, that they should also have asked the question: Does the Divine prohibition of friendship and alliance extend to all Christians and to all Jews? Does the Qur’ān prohibit Egyptian Muslims from seeking friendship and alliance with Coptic Egyptian Christians?
The Qur’ān (al-Baqarah 2:120) has also described Jews and Christians as people who would never be content unless and until they succeed in getting Muslims to follow their creed. Is this Divine description of religious profile applicable to all Christians and to all Jews? Or are there such Christians and Jews who would show respect for Islam and hence recognize the right of Muslims to live in accordance with the creed of Islam? Have Coptic Christians behaved like this in the more than 1300 years that they have lived with Muslims in Egypt? Did the Coptic Christians not become our kith and kin when the blessed Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) accepted a Coptic Christian wife?:
(وَلَن تَرْضَى عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلاَ النَّصَارَى حَتَّى تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ)
When we study the Qur’ān as a whole we quickly conclude that neither of the versesabove could have referred to all Jews and all Christians.  For example, verse 82 of the same Sūrah conveys the happy news that Muslims would find amongst Christians those who would be closest in love and affection for them:
(وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُمْ مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ الَّذِينَ قَالُوَاْ إِنَّا نَصَارَى)
Is it possible that this Divine prophecy will eventually find fulfillment in Coptic Christian relations with Egyptian Muslims?
The commentators of the Qur’ānshould have asked the question: with which Christians and which Jews were Muslims prohibited from establishing ties of friendship and alliance? If they had done so they would have found the answer in the words which followed in the verse:
(بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ)
In other words the verse in effect declared: “Do not take such Christians and such Jews as your friends and allies who (themselves) are friends and allies of each other.” The verse then continued to declare that friendship and alliance with a Judeo-Christian alliance would result ipso facto in loss of Muslim identity:
(وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ)
When I pointed out to those who recently aligned themselves with the Zionist Judeo-Christian North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in order to bring down the Libyan regime that they had violated Allah’s command in the Qur’ān and had lost their Muslim identity, they became very angry with me. However when I invited them to make a careful study of this verse of the Qur’ān using the correct methodology, at least some of them regretted what they did and they were eventually filled with remorse.
This essay directs the attention of the Egyptian Government and Armed Forces to the sad reality that Egypt’s 1979 Peace Treaty with Israel violated Allah’s command in the Qur’ān mentioned above. So long as the Treaty remains in force there are terrifying implications for Egyptian Muslims.
The European Judeo-Christian Zionist Alliance was responsible for ‘liberating’ the Holy Land for the Jews. They brought the Jews back to reclaim the Holy Land as their own. They restored a State of Israel in the Holy Land, and then caused that Israel to grow in power to now stand poised to rule the world.
Muslims violated Allah’s command in the Qur’ān when they entered into friendship and alliance with the European Judeo-Christian Zionist alliance. They did so when, for example, they became members of the United Nations Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, etc., that was created by that Judeo-Christian alliance. Research needs to be done to determine the role played by the Zionists in getting the Ottoman Islamic Empire to enter the 1st World War against the wishes of the Ottoman Sultan and of the many Muslim peoples who constituted the Ottoman State. Once the Caliphate was dismantled the Zionists then embraced the entire world of Islam in a system of republican and secular States that was eventually made subservient to the United Nations Organization.
A warning from Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill warned in 1920 about a sinister role that European Jews were playing in world affairs. He was particularly worried about their role in the Russian revolution which brought down the (Eastern Christian) regime of the Russian Czars in 1917 and replaced it with atheistic Marxist Bolshevism (Karl Marx was a Jew). Churchill recognized the largely Jewish-led Russian revolution to be essentially anti-Christian. He may perhaps have also realized that the Jews acted when they did in 1917 in order to withdraw Russian participation in the 1stworld war and to hence scuttle the agreement with Britain and France which would have given the city of Constantinople to Russia:
“Some people like Jews and some do not; but no thoughtful man can doubt the fact that they are beyond all question the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world.
And it may well be that this same astounding race may at the present time be in the actual process of producing another system of morals and philosophy, as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible. It would almost seem as if the gospel of Christ and the gospel of Antichrist were destined to originate among the same people; and that this mystic and mysterious race had been chosen for the supreme manifestations, both of the divine and the diabolical.” (Winston Churchill, Illustrated Sunday Herald,February 8, 1920, page 5)
The Zionist Jews had already won British support in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Ottoman-ruled Holy Land. It is clear that the Russian Jews acted when they did in 1917 (i.e., the Russian revolution) to prevent Christian Czarist Russia (i.e., Rūm of the Qur’ān) from gaining control over the strategically-located city which commands the Bosphorus.  They knew that the greatest of all threats to a future State of Israel would come from Christian Russia, and that the Russian Navy would have no access to the Mediterranean Sea other than through the Bosphorus. Hence they recognized that the security of the future Jewish homeland in Palestine was dependent on denying Russia control over Constantinople.
A warning from Albert Einstein
One of the most famous Jews of the modern age, Albert Einstein, also voiced his disapproval and disgust at the policies being pursued by Zionist Jews. Here is an excerpt from the text of his letter (which was published 28 years after Churchill’s essay) in the New York Times (December 4th1948) in which he protested the visit to the United States of Menachim Begin (who would later become Israeli Prime Minister), and warned of the Zionist quest for establishing a ruling state in the Holy Land:
“ .  .  .  The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a "Leader State" is the goal.”
(Readers may kindly note that what Einstein has referred to here as a “Leader State” we have referred to as a ruling State).

This essay has used the Qur’ān to explain the reality of the Jewish return to the Holy Land after 2000 years of scattered exile. The explanation is partly located in the emergence of a mysterious Judeo-Christian European alliance that ‘liberated’ the Holy Land for the Jews, brought the Jews back to the Holy Land to reclaim it as their own, restored a State of Israel in the Holy Land, and nurtured and protected that State of Israel until it is now poised to seek rule over the world.
The Qur’ān prohibits Muslims from maintaining friendly ties and becoming allies of the Judeo-Christian alliance – hence the invalidity of Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel.


#Halloween and Bigotry #islamophobia

Halloween and Bigotry

Most of us remember the scandal last Halloween, when a couple of guys decided the tragedy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin would make fun cosplay. 
Blackface and all…

And this year will be no different. People will still decide that ethnic identities make great costumes, that horrible news stories are funny, and that bigotry can be fun.

But are these costumes funny to you? …

Or how about posts such as this one below?

The fact that so many people use Halloween as a time to promote their hate and bigotry is frustrating for me on a personal level, but it goes beyond that. When does the hate stop? When do people begin to wake up and say; yes we have freedom to express ourselves, but this is not okay?

Costumes such as Native American, Sexy Burqa Girl, Jihadist, Or anything with blackface… they are not funny. 

They come from a dark place in someone’s mind. They are not only hurtful to the people they portray(falsely), but at times can spread a hate that incites violence and hate crimes.
Please think about these things when you choose your costumes. 

Man charged with spitting at Muslim woman as she walked through Bristol’s Cabot Circus

Man charged with spitting at Muslim woman as she walked through Bristol’s Cabot Circus

Police have charged a 26-year-old man with spitting at a Muslim woman as she walked through Cabot Circus.
As previously reported, Hasina Khan was on her way to work when she was allegedly attacked at about 9am on July 21. Ms Khan said she had was spat on and verbally abused by a stranger who approached her as she walked through the shopping centre.
Avon and Somerset police arrested Jack Hughes, of Upton Road, Southville. He has now been charged with racially- or religiously-aggravated common assault and is due to appear before Bristol magistrates on November 13.
Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet come forward should call PC Hannah King on 101, quoting crime reference number 74214/14.
A Muslim woman was left shocked and in tears when she was verbally abused and spat at by a stranger ranting about the Middle East.
Hasina Khan, who was born in Bristol, was on her way to work when she was attacked by a man in Cabot Circus at about 9am on Monday. Saliva ended up on her hijab and her left hand.
The 36-year-old, who lives in Horfield, said: “I’ve experienced hostility and racism many times, from being called Paki in the street to having alcohol thrown at me.
“I remember during the 1990 Iraq invasion being pushed by a boy at school followed by ‘haha we are bombing you’, to more recent years when the world turned to topple Libya and I experienced yet again a rise in racism. In fact, every time there is aggression towards Muslims outside of the UK, I experience aggression from within the UK.
“However, nothing could prepare me for what happened on Monday. Because of Israel’s bombardment of the mainly-Muslim population of Gaza, was I again being targeted?
“I had just past Pret A Manger and a man came charging towards me with such aggression I thought he was going to punch me in the face. He was ranting and he spat in my face. I felt it fall onto my left hand.
“I was in shock at what was happening. I asked him what his problem was, but he continued to rant and said something along the lines of ‘your people are killing’ and something about ‘Middle East’ and ‘killing Christians’. He spat at me again. It was terrifying. I thought he was going to attack me at any second.
“Then my defence mechanism just kicked in and I started to shout at him. What a coward – he then started to back away. He tried to say something else, but I continued to shout at him until he left Cabot Circus. I’ve read so many reports that hate crime towards Muslim women is increasing in the UK, but nothing really prepares you for what to do if it happens and how humiliating, terrifying and dirty it makes you feel.
“I hope he is caught so he cannot terrorise and traumatise other women.”
The attacker was white, with short-brown hair and a short beard, a dark-green T-shirt with a white pattern or writing on the front, and he had two silver necklaces with silver coin-shaped pendants.
When Hasina arrived at work near Temple Meads she found her hijab covered in spit. She washed it off, but was later told by police saliva can be used for DNA, so wants to warn others in case something similar happens to them. She said she hoped the city council, police and Muslim community could work together as much as possible to reduce religious and racial hate crimes.
Hasina was disappointed a call was turned down for a minute’s silence for the people of Palestine to be held at a Bristol City Council meeting this week.
Giving advice to other Muslim women, Hasina said: “Perhaps Muslim women should carry a spare scarf so they can have a clean one, should they be attacked. I would also suggest, if possible, Muslim women do not travel alone, even in the daylight, as these cowardly men seem to prey on what they perceive to be vulnerable looking young women.”
When she arrived at work, her colleagues rallied around her.
Heather Hatch said: “Thankfully, Hasina was not physically injured but mentally she was shocked, upset, shaking and tearful from the unprovoked attack.”
Carolyn Parker added: “When I saw Hasina rinsing clothing on Monday morning, I had assumed spilt coffee or similar, so was shocked when I realised that she was shaking and very upset. Asking if she was OK, I was even more shocked at her response which included expletives that I had never heard her utter before. When she told me that no one had tried to help, or even asked afterwards whether she was ok, I was truly sickened by the public’s lack of action towards her.”
Another colleague, Leanne Fletcher said: “I am so shocked by what happened to Hasina and can only imagine how terrified she would of felt when this man assaulted her in Cabot circus on her way to work. I can only hope that this will not make her afraid to walk around the city she was born in. This was a disgusting act and a violation to her.”
Avon and Somerset police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: “Officers are investigating these allegations and taking them very seriously. We know there were other people in Cabot Circus at the time and we would appeal for anyone who witnessed what happened, or has any information that might help the investigation, to contact us on 101, quoting 74214/14.”
Victims of hate crimes can call Tell MAMA on 08004561226.
For an earlier attack on a Muslim woman in Bristol, see “Muslim girl spat at and racially abused in Bristol city centre – and no one came to help”, Bristol Post, 17 July 2014
Update:  See “Muslim spitting incident: police release CCTV images of suspect”, Bristol Post, 28 July 2014
Update 2:  “Muslim woman who was spat on in Bristol speaks out”, BBC News, 30 July 2014
Update 3:  See “Arrest over racial spitting incident in Cabot Circus, Bristol”, Bristol Post, 31 July 2014
Bristol spitting suspect CCTV images


#Islam Religion of Peace

Religion of Peace

So, many times I’ve told people that Islam is a religion of peace. Truly, it is. Yet, every time I say it there is someone there to scoff or make a face. What religion condones beheading, I’ve been asked numerous times. What religion condones criminal acts against anyone of a different faith, another one I’ve heard? The list goes on and on.
What if we take a minute to look at human nature first? What if the things done in the name of religion, have nothing to do with religion? What if a religion is peaceful, but not necessarily passive? There are so many factors, but no one wants to address anything but what the media is force-feeding them daily about Islam and Muslims. What if we reverse that mirror?
But wait! Aren’t Muslims the only ones who are doing these horrendous things? That’s what the news says. That’s what social media says.  Let’s see:

That last link may confuse some of you. Isn’t Isis a Muslim group? Hmmm, do the people in the pictures pasted below represent Christianity just because they claim it?

Is this Christianity? ….

By Aicha Bentley


#isis in white house



Central African Republic in Massacre against #Muslims

(RNS) Churches in Central African Republic are caring for thousands of Muslims who have been trapped in a cycle of revenge attacks, perpetrated by a pro-Christian militia.

Since December, Anti-Balaka militias have been emptying Muslim quarters and avenging earlier attacks by the Seleka, an Islamist militia. The Seleka rampaged through the country in early 2013, terrorizing Christians and ransacking churches, hospitals and shops.

A man holds a knife to his throat claiming that he is looking for Muslims to cut off their heads in the 5th district of Bangui on Feb. 9, 2014.

Now that the Muslim president Michel Djotodia has stepped down, Seleka is being forced to withdraw from its strongholds, as the center of power shifts, amid a mass exodus and displacement of Muslims.

In Baoro, a town in the northwest, a Roman Catholic parish is caring for more than 2,000 Muslims who can’t flee. A group of Catholic sisters in the town of Bossemptele is sheltering more than 500 Muslims, providing food, water and medicine.
“Now is the time for [people] of good will to stand up and prove the strength and quality of their faith,” the Rev. Xavier Fagba, a priest in Baoro, told the BBC.
One reason Muslims are able to take shelter in churches is because the country’s religious leaders believe this is a nonreligious conflict, said the Rev. Nicolas Guerekoyame-Gbango, president of the Alliance of Evangelical Churches in the Central African Republic.

“We have been traveling to the provinces telling people to understand this is not a religious conflict,” said Guerekonyame-Gbango. “This is contributing some tolerance, although many people, including Christians, have taken up arms. This is regrettable.”
Roman Catholic Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of the Bangui Archdiocese has welcomed Imam Omar Kobine Layama, president of the country’s Islamic Community, to live with him in the church compound.
“I live alongside him and I ask Christians to do likewise,” Nzapalainga said in a statement Tuesday (Feb. 18) for Caritas, the international relief organization. “Love should be a characteristic of Christians. You can’t call yourself a Christian if you kill your brother. You can’t call yourself a Christian when you hunt him down.”
Last week, CAR interim President Catherine Samba-Panza said she was “going to war” with the Anti-Balaka, who she described as having replaced a “sense of their mission” with warfare and killings.