Egypt: Sunni scholars sanction ‘electronic Jihad’

October 16, 2008

Attacking American and Israeli websites by hacking and sabotage is allowed under Islamic law and is a form of ‘Jihad’ or holy war, top Muslim scholars have decreed.

The religious edict (fatwa) issued by a committee from the highest authority in Sunni Islam, Egypt’s Al-Azhar University in Cairo, was published on the website of the Islamist Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement on Thursday.  >>>>>

This comes years after the West has used their electronic warfare against even something as innocent as Islamic charities.


Tunnels feed besieged Gaza

October 6, 2008

Hundreds of tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt are keeping many of the Palestinian territory’s 1.5 million impoverished residents supplied with food and fuel.

On Saturday, Egyptian authorities found the entrances of three tunnels and confiscated a large amount of fuel about to be smuggled into the territory.  >>>>>

Yard probes billionaire spy’s death

October 5, 2008

Dr Ashraf Marwan’s alleged murder is now being overseen by Scotland Yard’s elite Specialist Crime Directorate, after it emerged that shoes worn when he fell five floors to his death could not be found by a previous inquiry team.

The development will only deepen speculation over his death. Israeli commentators claim he was murdered by Egyptian intelligence officers for being the Jewish state’s most important agent in the run-up to the Yom Kippur war in 1973. Egyptian commentators claim he was murdered by Mossad as he prepared to expose Israel’s secrets in an explosive book. >>>>>

Egyptians Challenge BBC Al-Qaida Poll Result

October 4, 2008

Despite this evidence, Egyptians simply are not buying it. Many here argue that these surveys often skew actual evidence to the contrary.

“Egyptians do not understand what al-Qaida truly is,” began a freelance journalist who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, “so when someone asks people here how they view the organization many will indeed say they support or view them favorably.”

The journalist believed this is due to a lack of information. For example, she talked about how it was not until watching a large amount of Western news sources – including CNN and the BBC – did she become aware of the full intentions of the terror network.  >>>>>

In other words, it is not that the journalist is unaware of reality, it’s just that the journalist here had not been brainwashed about al-Qaeda until watching CNN and BBC.  Many people have a different take on al-Qaeda because the news in the Middle East happens to be a lot less editorialized and inclusive of fantasy and fiction.

There is a lot more objectivity and accountability for what one rights.  The people of these lands have far less exposure to news such as the Western addiction to 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week, up-to-date news viewing and commentary.

Even CNN and CNN International do not cover the same things, nor do they cover the same news item the same way. The Westerners believe that they have better news coverage than anything else in the world; but other news organizations around the world would probably say something to the effect that “‘frame-for-frame’, and ‘reel-for real,’ they are far better because there is more objective news whereby journalists are more accountable.  Heck, most major news sources can point to their adversary and show how ‘they are not real news sources,’ for a host of reasons.

The people around the world are paying attention to the differences, quality and content of information they are getting.

Incidentally, Egyptians are Arabs, and therefore, includes a great amount of Christians as well, all living in a secular, not religious society.  Many Westerners fail to recognize this point, as they fail to recognize that the largest religious group of Arabs in the U.S. are Christian, and not Muslim.  This poll includes Christians is my point. (In case readers point to ‘those people’ would naturally support al-Qaeda.

Female marriage registrar approved

September 27, 2008

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have approved the appointment of the nation’s first female marriage registrar, local media reported on Friday.

The approval, made by the Ministry of Justice, comes seven months after a provincial family court upheld an application submitted by Amal Sulaiman Afifi, 34, to be Egypt’s first female marriage registrar. >>>>>

Sudan troops surround kidnappers’ desert hideout

September 24, 2008

Sudanese forces on Wednesday surrounded bandits and their 19 captives, including European tourists, snatched in the Egyptian desert five days ago, but said they had “no intention of storming the area.” >>>>>

This story started out, and continues with pointing a finger, one way or another, at Islamic extremism, by mentioning the term Al Qaeda.  It is appearing to be a crime of people who do not have any religious motivation for such.  It is this very same attitude that alarms especially the uninformed non-Muslims in the world in order to keep the War on Terror a necessary facet in the design towards unlawful occupation, murder and plundering of other nations in attempt to save our own skins.

Using Facebook as excuse to stir up Muslims

September 19, 2008

Korayem’s real and electronic worlds reverberate with paradox, inspiring him to ideological battle and, at times, leaving him conflicted. Perhaps more than the arcane logic of jihad websites or blogs by jailed political activists, the mainstream Facebook battle over religion will most influence the course of Islam and its relations with the West….

“Egypt is caught somewhere between Islam and a civil state,” Korayem said. “That’s why we have all this angst.” >>>>>

This is clearly an anti-Islamic puff piece.  The primary person in the article is clearly a secularist, using anti-Islamic arguments and attacks on the ideology of Islam.  His particular view is pointed out in ‘favorable’ terms.

To point to Islam as being opposite to that of a ‘civil state’ as is in the quote insinuates Islam as being barbaric or uncivilized perhaps. To mention that Muslims live in repressive governments while ignoring the relativity of how U.S. citizens live under the Patriot Act denotes a bit of ignorance about the writer’s own homeland.

It doesn’t surprise me that this type of story continues to exist.  The very fact that Muslims even defend their positions against misnomers and attacks within the story have a lot to do with the Muslim seeming antagonistic.

The arguments on Facebook against secularism also exist amongst other religious groups like Judaism and Christianity.  It is no surprise that this story of pitting a separatist Arab against Muslims is written by someone who seems to be an Islamophobe of Jewish descent.

What has been pointed out to me by a reader, and an interviewee of the reporter writing the story is the invaluable gain and work that Muslims do attain through dialogue with others.  One example is the information obtained by a Facebook group he is associated with, We the Muslim Youth Can Change The World, by a Brit who sought information on newly adopting Islam as her own religion.