Local hustings for Harrow West at SLMCC(UK) generates lively debate. On Saturday 18 April, parliamentary candidates for Harrow West were quizzed by audience at the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre(SLMCC UK)- (popularly known as Sri Lankan mosque of Harrow) primarily on local issues. Last time with a majority of just above 3000 and a Muslim electorate of over 9000, the views of the Muslim community play an important role in this constituency.
by Latheef Farook, Couretsey: Sunday Oberver
At the January 8 presidential elections, people voted for the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena who promised good governance, restoration of law and order, end to crime and corruption and create a good society. Though ambitious, it is an uphill task in view of the mess created by the Rajapaksa regime, which virtually ruined every government institution, society and the country. However, riding against the popular wave some pseudo socialists
by Nimalka Fernando
I write this comment with a sense of disgust. People who braved the risks of resisting Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime knew they were doing so with death standing at their door-step. President Maithripala Sirisensa eloquently expressed this reality by saying that “I would have been seven feet below the ground where I stand today if we had lost the election”. This reality is not yet over. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers did not build their “Vampire State” for nothing.
by David Sheen
David SheenDavid SheenWhile the bulk of the Israeli government's animosity is reserved for indigenous Palestinians, in recent years a group of new immigrants has also encountered high levels of hostility. While no immigration is without its challenges, this group of migrants has been subject to political persecution and vigilante attacks like no other - because they are not Jews. The three largest shifts in the population of Palestine - and later Israel - in the last 133 years
by Jessica Purkiss
A year ago today, Hussein Ahmed Saleh Abu Bakr, a labourer, was travelling to work in Al-Bayda, central Yemen, with 11 colleagues including family members when a drone struck the car. When the attack was over, Hussein emerged from where he had taken cover to look for the other passengers and found his father, 65, slumped in the road with shrapnel injuries to his head and chest. The bodies of the other passengers were scattered around the area,
by Seyed Salim Rifai Moulana
Our experiences in the establishments of the Zakat committee as the independent body functions effectively which generally includes a member of the Trustee, Islamic Scholar for Zakat Guidance and Accountant or a one who has the exposure of the financing/accounting depending on the areas. Better not exceeding Seven (odds Better). Standardize the zakat distribution basic manual and monitor and keep looking for feedback and encourage the performances.
by Jehan Perera
The inability of the government to force through its decisions, and the appearance of opposition forces supportive of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gaining ground, has generated concerns about the government’s long term stability. The defeat of the government’s money bill in Parliament has highlighted the structural weakness of the government. The difficulty that the government has been experiencing in fulfilling its main election promises,
Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh
I was not surprised by the recent mass death sentences issued to the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group's Supreme Guide, Dr Mohammed Badie. This is the fourth time that he has been sentenced to death by Al-Sisi's courts, which have also executed the judiciary, thus killing all law and order in Egypt. The rule of law has been buried in the chests of the coup's judges, just as their souls and consciences have died and rotted in their chests.
AS many as 950 migrants are feared drowned after their packed boat capsized off Libya. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and Italy’s coastguard said that only 28 people had survived the wreck. “It seems we are looking at the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean,” UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said while others have described it as the worst disaster at sea since WWII. Italian prosecutors say a survivor of the migrant boat capsizing in the Mediterranean
by Daily News
It has been widely argued that Islam is biased against women and deals with them unjustly. It is also alleged that modern civilization and legal systems are more equitable to women than the Islamic Shari'ah. Deep study of Islamic resources and the Prophet's treatment of women can easily refute these allegations. It should be clear that woman in Islam is recognized and dealt with as a mother, sister, wife or daughter.
by Daily News
Muslim tribes have been present in Eastern Europe since early times, but the turning point in Bosnia came with the 'invasion' of the Ottoman Empire. Hearing the word 'European Muslims', the first thing that usually comes to one's mind is the Muslims of the West: immigrants with Muslim backgrounds or white Western converts. But there is another side to Europe, which has much more to do with Islam than we would first think.
by Jon Schwarz
It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying. But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from.
By Latheef Farook
The United States and its European countries have finally managed to force Iran to agree to a nuclear deal by using sanctions and other ruthless means crippling Iran’s economy and causing sufferings to its people. However this is not the end as key issues need to be resolved before a final agreement by June 30. However no such immoral methods were used to force Israel which is reported to be, not developing, but having around 400 nuclear bombs threatening the entire region?
by American Justice Center
The American Justice Center, an organization established to bring to justice perpetrators of mass violence and genocides, today welcomed a Canadian Court's summons to visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Section 269.1 of the Canadian Criminal Code, although the summons was immediately blocked by the Attorney General. The lawsuit filed by two survivors of the Gujarat 2002 pogroms under the aegis of a group known as Sikhs For Justice,
by Liang Chen
The number of female imams, known locally as ahong, acting as spiritual leaders and teachers for Muslim women, is rising in China, especially in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. They have broken through taboos and barriers and won wide recognition among female believers. After learning doctrines and taking certification exam, more than 80 female imams in Ningxia have been licensed by the government. They lead Muslim women in prayer at mosques,
Doante for valuable cause!
Sri Lanka is passing through the worst ever political crisis since independence. Among the others, veteran independent journalist Latheef Farook has been highlighting burning Muslim issues which the mainstream media often ignores or distorts.
However he needs your cooperation to carry on this strenuous, costly and time consuming work which is the need of the hour.
Latheef worked at the Daily News and Ceylon Observer between 1970 and 1979 when he led a team of journalists to re-launch Gulf News in Dubai. After working in the Gulf region for a quarter century he returned home in 2003 and began raising Muslim ignored by the local media.
He dealt with Muslim issues from national perspective. In the international scene he highlighted the United States led European and Israeli invasion and destruction of Muslim countries and Muslim societies. These evil forces have entered in Sri Lanka during the previous regime and reported to have used Sinhalese extremists against Muslims as part of their global anti Muslim agenda.
The overall response for his work here and abroad encouraged him to start a website, www.latheeffarook.com which has so far recorded 1.21 million hits.
Apart from these works, he also writes and publishes books. This include (1) War on Terrorism-The Untold Truths, (2) Nobody’s People-The Forgotten Plight of Sri Lanka’s Muslims, (3) America’s New World Order-EXPORTING WARS, (4) Muslims of Sri Lanka- UNDER SIEGE and (5) Mayhem During Curfew-Attacks on Alutgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala Muslims.
He had been doing this voluntary service mainly with his own resource for eleven long years in an atmosphere not very conducive to safety of life under the previous regime. However the time has come to support him financially to continue this service which the community badly needs in view of the dangerous ongoing media campaign against Islam and Muslims
Latheef Farook can be contacted on 2586903, 2582128 and mobile 077 2911140
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by Latheef Farook
Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
While the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena,BBS,gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to cover up this carnage with a media blackout.Covering up the Carnage on Muslims of Aluthgama, Dhargha Town, Beruwala & the surrounding areas