Shia, Sunni Muslims’ anti-Isis march in London not covered by mainstream media outlets
Organisers of an anti-Isis march in London have spoken of their frustration after mainstream media outlets failed to cover the demonstration.
Thousands of people took part in the annual UK Arbaeen Procession, coordinated by the Husaini Islamic Trust UK, on Sunday.
Although Shia Muslims take part in the march each year to mark the Arbaeen, or mourning, anniversary of Imam Husain – a seventh-century leader who fought for social justice – this year organisers decided to use the event as a platform to denounce terrorism following the recent Isis attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere.
Organiser Waqar Haider said:
“This year we had hundreds of placards which were basically saying ‘no’ to terrorism and ‘no’ to Isis. A very direct message.
“For us it was a controversial move to go political. Normally we don’t mix politics with mourning. However with what’s happened recently, we thought we had to make sure we as a community totally disassociate ourselves with what’s happening elsewhere in the world.”
Despite this, Mr Haider said the demonstration still failed to garner attention in the mainstream media because of “stereotyping”.
“It is the oldest annual Muslim event in London but unfortunately it is very difficult to get any media coverage,” he said.
“I think it’s because of stereotyping. People see the entire Muslim community as one community.
“[But] the Muslim community is a very diverse community, with the vast majority of us horrified by Isis.
“With our event, we had so many people from different ethnic backgrounds. It’s more of a family event in terms of people it attracts.”
Volunteer Mohammed Al-Sharifi also commented on the lack of media coverage for the event.
In a tweet, he said: “Hundreds of Muslims flooded the streets of London yesterday to condemn terrorism. Media’s response: Silence.”
His post has been re-tweeted more than 5,000 times.
Other social media users also believed the demonstration should have been more widely covered.
Mr Al-Sharifi told The Independent: “I think the reason the mainstream media hasn’t covered the story is because I don’t think it’s juicy enough to sell papers. It’s simply not interesting enough.”
“Unfortunately [some] media outlets have gone for stories that to some extent can be divisive. If a group of Muslims do something good, it’s not mentioned or the religion is not mentioned. But if someone does something [negative], it is on the front page and their religion is mentioned.”
“It’s feeding this hatred and divisiveness and demonisation, I think, of Muslims.”
He said the media had an increased level of responsibility to create a cohesive society.
“The reason my tweet went viral… is because I think people realise there is a huge disparity between what they’re being fed in the media and the reality of the day-to-day interactions they have with Muslims at work, at school.”
Mr Al-Sharifi called on the country’s leadership to counter Islamophobia.
The Arbaeen processions take place in other locations around the world including Iraq, Nigeria and the US.
During this year’s event in Kano, a Boko Haram suicide bomber killed at least 21 people.
Arba’een (Arabic: الأربعين, “forty”), Chehelom (Persian: چهلم, the fortieth [day]”) is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura. It commemorates the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUT), which falls on the 20th day of the month of Safar. Imam Hussain ibn Ali and 72 companions were martyred by tyrant Yazid I’s army in the Battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 CE). Arbaeen is one of the largest pilgrimage gatherings on Earth, in which up to 30 million people go to the city of Karbala in Iraq.
Arbaeen is the world’s largest annual gathering, with the number of pilgrims far exceeding the two million visitors who descend on Mecca for the Hajj. The Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage, attracts more pilgrims but is held only every three years.
I believe in calling a spade a spade and therefore as ISIS or Daesh are murdering scum why not address them as such.
The Arabic for Murdering B******s is قتل أوغاد , which loosely translates to ” Killing villains ”
What’s in a name? When it comes to how to refer to the extremist group that has terrorized Syria and northern Iraq and violently imposed a caliphate, a lot
You may have noticed over recent days and weeks more and more commentators and politicians are referring to ISIS as Daesh and there is increasing pressure to stop calling ISIS by their preferred name “Islamic State , on the grounds that it grants them an element of legitimacy.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a bit of a misnomer, as it lends the imprimatur of Islam to a group that the vast majority of Muslims finds despicable.
“This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists,”
France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement. “The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats.'”
The name Daesh, according to France24, is a “loose acronym” for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham). The name is commonly used by enemies of ISIS, and it also has many negative undertones, as Daesh sounds similar to the Arabic words Daes (“one who crushes something underfoot”) and Dahes (“one who sows discord”). Samantha Rollins
Downing Street announced on Wednesday that David Cameron and other Government ministers would start referring to the militant group known as “Isis” as “Daesh”.
In June David Cameron asked the BBC to stop using the term “Islamic State” and started using “Isil”.
Now it’s all change again. Here’s all you need to know about the term.
What does ‘Daesh’ mean?
“Daesh” is another name for the militant group which calls itself “Islamic State” which is often referred to in the media by its historic names Isis or Isil.
Where does the term ‘Daesh’ come from?
What does Daesh mean and is it significant the PM used the term?
“Daesh”, sometimes spelled Daiish or Da’esh, it an acronym for “Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham” – or in its Arabaic script form, الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام.
That phrase is the Arabic for “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”. “al-Sham” refers to Greater Syria, an area referred to in English as “the Levant”.
Who uses the term ‘Daesh’?
The French government has been referring to Isis as “Daesh” for some time. Since September 2014 it has been official French policy to use “Daesh” to refer to the group. The country’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius also asked journalists to use the phrase.
The term is the most widely used in Arab countries to refer to the group. In a speech at the weekend US secretary of state John Kerry used the term, possibly signalling a change in US policy.
What is the politics like around the different names?
Daesh, when spoken, sounds similar to the Arabic words for “the sowers of dischord” (Dahes) or “one who crushes underfoot” (Daes). It thus has negative connotations.
Islamic State, which the group changed its name to most recently, is an attempt by Isis to identify itself with the wider religion of Islam.
It is also supposed to make it sound more international than Isis or Isil, which refer to specific geographic areas.
Sally Jones, who left the UK to join the extremist group of ISIS, has threatened to blow herself up after her husband was killed in a drone strike in Syria’s Raqqa.
Jones, 47, is a former punk rocker, originally from Kent. She has converted to Islam and has been radicalized recently through direct contact with terrorist groups online.
Quoting a Muslim extremist woman who killed herself along with scores of Russian soldiers in a truck bombing in 2000, Jones has expressed herself on the social media that she could be about to become a “black widow” suicide bomber.
The term “Black Widows” refers to a group of Chechen Muslim women whose husbands were killed by the Russian forces in Chechnya.
She moved to Syria with her 10-year-old son in 2013 and joined ISIS after being brainwashed.
“I know what I’m doing. Paradise has a price and I hope this will be the price for Paradise,” Jones tweeted. If she carried out her threat, she would be ISIS’s first widely known female suicide bomber.
Her husband Junaid Hussain, 21, was a cyber-hacker and a key propagandist and recruiter for the ISIS terror group. He was killed in an airstrike in Raqqa, the major bastion of ISIS in Syria.
Jones has been following her husband’s path, recruiting young men and women to join ISIS’s ranks.
“I would never love anyone but him,” the extremist widow said on Tweeter, referring to her dead husband, though the group’s leadership prevents widows from staying a long time without husbands, according to ISIS-linked sources.
Jones’s message came after her husband found killed in an airstrike on Raqqa last August.
In the face of the deadly threat posed by the so-called Islamic State, many Kurdish women decide not to leave their survival to fate. Instead, they fight for their lives and their future. Taking up arms, they join the YPG – Kurdish People’s Protection Units that defend their town’s borders from the militants. The enemy fears female warriors. Jihadists believe if they are killed by a woman they will go straight to hell.
Female fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) take a break on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh.
Women’s Protection Units
The Women’s Protection Units or Women’s Defense Units (Kurdish: Yekîneyên Parastina Jin) (YPJ) is a military organization that was set up in 2012 as the female brigade of the leftist
ISIS teenage ‘poster girl’ Samra Kesinovic ‘beaten to death’
Austrian teenage girl Samra Kesinovic has been beaten to death by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) for trying to escape the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, local sources reported on Tuesday.
Kesinovic, 17, left Austria with her friend in April 2014 to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria.
“The girl was caught by ISIS female jihadists while trying to escape Raqqa. She was then handed over to the group’s leadership and was subsequently beaten to death,” an informed local source told Kurdish independent agency in Raqqa.
Kesinovic’s friend Sabina Selimovic, who was 15 when she left Austria, was reported dead earlier this year in war-torn Syria.
The parents of both victims are Bosnian refugees based in Austria for nearly two decades, according to reports.
When Kesinovic and Selimovic decided to join ISIS, they had left behind a letter to their parents saying: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah… and we will die for him”.
More than 120 people have left Austria to join the ranks of the ISIS extremist group.
Previously the two girls had contacted their families and stated that they wanted to come – Sadly time has run out for them and they have paid the ultimate price for their association with IS
Austrian Teenage IS Girls ‘Want To Return Home’ After Marrying Jihadists And Falling Pregnant.
Since the beginning of November there have been dozens of terrorist attacks across the globe and whilst events in Paris ,Mali and the downing of the Egyptian aircraft dominated world headlines – the slaughter of the innocent has not ceased elsewhere and the death count is rising by the day.
November has thus far seen over 327 deaths (excluding approx. 25 terrorists) and almost 1000 injured in high profile attacks and we are only twenty two days into the month.
The vast majority of these attacks have been carried out by Islamic extremists , primarily Islamic State & Boko Haram and between them they are responsible for a staggering 80% of all victims ( Approx. 280 deaths and over 950 injured, including life changing injuries.
These figures do not take into account the countless innocent victims of the ongoing , multi player conflict that is tearing parts of Syria & Iraq apart and the genocidal philosophy of Islamic State and their ever shifting partners in their quest for a single Islamic Nation.
See below for full figures
But what has all this to do with religion and God , I hear you ask.
Not a lot in my opinion!
Growing up in loyalist West Belfast I was born into an environment were prejudice and mistrust of our catholic counterparts was engrained into the very foundations of our culture and traditions.
Until I was old enough to know better , I hated all Catholics with equal measure. In my childhood ignorance I assumed all Catholics were members of the IRA and other republican terrorist groups and I wished them all dead or at least “kicked ” down South were they rightly belonged.
In my world they were responsible for the savage conflict that was tearing Northern Ireland apart and they were drenched in the blood of innocent.
I hated them all with a passion
I grew up surrounded by loyalist paramilitaries and some of the most dangerous men that have ever walked the streets of the UK were my neighbours and members and associates of my wider family. Like the vast majority of the community I lived in my day to day life was governed by the men of violence and they both policed the local population and protected us from the IRA and other republican terrorists.
When news came through of the assassination of a republican or one of their supporters , I celebrated with the rest of the community and we mourned collectively when one of our own died whilst “fighting” for queen and country. Although in truth they were probably more likely to die as a result of the ever present internal feuds that littered the history of loyalist paramilitaries.
Although on the whole the local community supported and harboured the paramilitaries that lived and operated among us , universal support was never achieved and many in the loyalist community wanted nothing to do with the men of violence and their brutal tit for tat killings of innocent Catholics, each other and anyone else that got in their way.
But they were part of our daily lives and although we could ignore them and sometimes disagree with their methods, we were inextricable linked to them and sadly judge guilty through association.
But not all loyalists were blood thirsty psychopaths and despite the bad press the majority were law abiding citizens that wanted nothing more than to live in peace and make the best of what life threw at them.
In many ways the mainstream Muslim community of the UK & wider world are also being judge guilty through association , for the heinous crimes of IS and other Islamic extremists. Regardless of how may times we are reminded that Islam is a religion of peace , Islamic extremists mock this concept with their daily slaughter and all carried out in the name of Islam and the quest for a single Islamic state.
The fact of the matter is that Islamic State’s ideology is based on a version of Islam and the reported sayings of the prophet Muhammad . Their twisted interpretation of the Qur’an is wide open to misinterpretation and is fuelled by violent verses & the call for the death of all none believers and the establishment of a..err , an Islamic Sate.
Mainstream Muslim’s are quick to defend Islam and label all negative references to their religion as prejudice and racist. They are quick to protest if their faith is under attack and in our country that is their democratic right.
And yet they have done too little in public to express solidarity with the victims in Paris and others slaughtered in recent days in the name of Islam.
All British muslims are under the spotlight at the moment and the religion of islam is being dragged through the dirt by extremist and their twisted ideology. The Muslim community needs to stand up and be counted and show the rest of the UK that they stand with us against the merchants of death and hate.
They need to show us that mainstream Islam REALLY is a religion of peace and they need to route out the hate preachers and others in their communities that wish to bring death and destruction to the streets of the UK and mainland Europe.
Until then they may find themselves isolated and ostracized by large parts of the UK public and that is sadly a fact of life in the maelstrom of religious violence that is currently sweeping the globe and slaughtering the innocent.
Sulemain Shaheen rammed an Israeli border policeman on Highway 60 near Halhul. The policeman was critically injured and died on November 9th, the attacker was killed on the spot by other Israeli forces that were on the scene.
A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb Wednesday near the North Sinai Police Officers Club in the city of Al-Arish, killing three police conscripts and injuring 10 others, the Ministry of Interior said. Wilayah Sayna, an ISIL-affiliated organization claimed responsibility for the attack.
A suicide bomber attacked offices in Arsal where the Qalamoun Clerics Association was meeting. The association’s head, Sheikh Othman Mansour, was killed as well, along with four other people and the perpetrator.
Unknown gunmen shot two Israelis near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, leaving one with moderate wounds, allegedly with a sniper rifle from a neighborhood near the holy site. No group claimed responsibility.
Multiple bombs were set off across Baghdad in the Duwanim, Nahrawan, and Tarmiya areas. The blasts killed 9 and left 15 wounded. Three men were also found shot dead. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but ISIS is suspected.
Two suicide bombers, suspected to be sent by Boko Haram, have detonated themselves in a village on the shores of Lake Chad. 3 people were killed in the blast, including two kids and another 14 were wounded.
A bombing took place in a farmer’s market near a major road in Yola, Nigeria. Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have reported 32 dead and 80 wounded. No group has claimed responsibility but Boko Haram is suspected. 
Two girls, aged 11 and 18, detonated themselves in a busy mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria, killing at least 15 and injuring at least 123. Boko Haram is suspected. The attack is thought to have been revenge for an earlier call by the Emir of Kano, a traditional leader, for citizens to take up arms against the Islamist militants. 
Tziyon Saadon, a Jewish history teacher, was stabbed in the arm and leg by three men shouting praises for ISIS. The attackers also showed Mr. Saadon a picture of Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian extremist who killed 7 people, including 4 Jews, in a crime spree in Southern France in 2012.
A Palestinian man opened fire on a line of traffic in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank region. The attacker then fled the scene, only to shoot at and intentionally ram into a group of pedestrians at a nearby junction. 
A roadside bomb planted near the mosque in Yousifiya went off as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing two civilians and wounding nine. No group claimed responsibility but ISIS is suspected. 
A suicide bomber detonated himself in a suburb of the Cameroonian town of Fotokol near the border with Nigeria, killing four people. Several minutes after another three suicide bombers detonate themselves but did not kill anyone. Around ten people were injured. Boko Haram is suspected. 
Three rebels suspected to be from the Front 73 guerrilla unit of the New People’s Army attacked a compound of a pineapple plantation owned by Dole Philippines and burned a tractor, a bulldozer and a ‘Saddam’ truck of the company by using siphoned fuel from one of the vehicles. It was initially reported that three company guards were hurt in the incident but it was later said that no one was hurt.
Whilst I am a pacifist at heart the crimes and outrageous actions of IS & other Islamic Extremist has shocked and sickened me to the core and like many people I feel a sense of frustration that mostly their crimes seems to go unpunished.
Therefore I have put together this short compilation of these disgusting animals getting a taste of their own medicine.
Some of the clips did arouse an element of sympathy within me, briefly , but then I remembered Alan Henning , James Foley , David Haines and all those other innocent , good people that these scum killed and all thoughts of sympathy disappeared.
Some of these video contain scenes that may upset some people – you have been warned!
Syrian army beating terrorist that killed Christians
ISIS spy caught by Iraq army..not a great interrogation
ISIS crying becuase Iraqi Special Forces beat’em up
Shia special forces capture 10 ISIS Terrorists
Mystery sniper kills three ISIS leaders in Libya in ten days
YPG sniper kill 50 Isis
The Moment an ISIS Fighter is Shot Dead by Syria Army
The moment of death of Islamist commander Saifullah al Shishani by mortar shrapnel
A BRITISH mother who travelled to Syria with her five young children to live among ISIS fighters described the experience as
“Not my cup of tea.”
Former Guantanamo detainee Jamal Al Harith joins Islamic State
Shukee Begum, 33, said she went to the war-torn country to find her husband Jamal al-Harith, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee who left Britain 18 months ago to join the group.
Harith, a Muslim convert born Ronald Fiddler, was released from Guantánamo Bay and repatriated to Britain in 2004 after lobbying by the British government.
see Below for more details Jamal al-Harith
‘Isis…it was just not my cup of tea’: British mum speaks
A law graduate from northern England, Ms Begum insists she only travelled to persuade her husband to return and never supported the ISIS militants, who have carved out regions of control in Iraq and Syria.
“I was seeing on the news at this point that ISIS was going from bad to worse … So I decided that I was going to try and speak some sense into him,” she told Channel 4 in an exclusive interview.
Shukee Begum, 33, claimed she and her children, who were all under nine years old, found themselves in crowded and uncomfortable conditions.
Ms Begum, from Oldham, described the conditions in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa as “worse than I expected”,
She said: “You’ve got hundreds of families living in one hall, sharing perhaps one or two bathrooms between them, one or two kitchens between them.
“My husband is a family man. I’ve always known him. I’ve been married to him for 11 years. I’ve always known him to be a good man with good characteristics.”
At first, Ms Begum lived in an overcrowded safe house in the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa with “hundreds of families living in one hall”, many “crying” and “sick”, who were sharing one or two bathrooms.
“There was a gangster-kind-of mentality among single women there. Violent talk, talking about war, killing,” Ms Begum said.
“They would sit together and huddle around their laptops and watch ISIS videos together and discuss them and everything. It was just not my cup of tea.”
After she was reunited with her husband, who refused to help her leave, ISIS authorities would not allow her to go, Ms Begum added.
“This is what I want to make clear as well to other women thinking of coming into ISIS territory — that you can’t just expect to come into ISIS territory and then expect that you can just leave again easily,” she said. “There is no personal autonomy there at all.”
She was smuggled out of the territory before being held captive in the city of Aleppo, and is now living close to the border with Turkey and hopes to move back to Britain.
“I’d love to go back to the UK. The UK is my home. I grew up there. My friends are there. My family are there. That’s where I consider to be home,” she said.
“But I’m just not sure at the moment, with the track record of the current government, if the UK is somewhere I can achieve justice. I hope I’m wrong.”
Hundreds of Britons have travelled to join Islamic State.
A report released last month indicated dozens of fighters have defected from the group, notorious for beheadings and blowing up ancient monuments, due to disillusionment over killing fellow Sunni Muslims and civilians.
Together with the Tipton Three, he was among five British citizens repatriated in March 2004 and the next day released by British authorities without charge. That year, he was a party to Rasul v. Rumsfeld, which sued the United States government and the military chain of command for its interrogation tactics. The case was finally dismissed in 2009 after being remanded by the United States Supreme Court to the US District Court for the District of Columbia, on grounds of the government officials having had “limited immunity” at the time. In December 2009, the US Supreme Court declined to accept the case for hearing on appeal.
Early life and education
He was born Ronald Fiddler in 1966 in Manchester, England, to parents who had migrated from Jamaica. He has a sister Maxine Fiddler. Fiddler attended local schools. He became a web designer, working in Manchester.
Conversion and travels
About 1994, Fiddler converted to Islam and officially changed his name to Jamal Udeen Al-Harith.
Several years later, Al-Harith started an Internet relationship with Samantha Cook, who lived in Perth, Australia. He traveled there in early 2000 to meet her in person. She is the daughter of the Australian Senator Peter Cook. After their relationship ended in July 2000, he returned to Manchester and his work.
Travel and detention
After some time back in Manchester, in 2002 Al-Harith traveled to Pakistan for a backpacking trip. While there, he paid a truck driver to take him to Iran. The truck was stopped when he passed near the Afghan border. Taliban guards, seeing his British passport, arrested him as a British spy, which was typical of their treatment of foreigners.
American troops discovered Al-Harith among numerous foreigners held by the Taliban in jail in Kandahar and released him. He was being aided by the Red Cross to make arrangements to return to Britain. They enabled him to call his family in Britain, whom he told he would be soon flying home. The Red Cross had arranged with the British embassy to fly him out from the American airbase to Kabul to meet the British representative.
But, Al-Harith was not allowed to leave Kabul because Americans had become suspicious about the purpose of his travels in the region. Not believing his explanations, they arrested him as a suspected enemy combatant and transported him to Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The military held him there and interrogated him for more than two years without charges. He said he suffered “cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment”.
The Americans notified the Australian government of Al-Harith’s detention because he had recently been in the country. The ASIO carried out an investigation of his activities while in the country and concluded that he was not a security risk.
He was among nine British citizens who were held as detainees at Guantanamo. Eventually he was interviewed by MI5 and the British Foreign Office, as well as American officials.
Repatriation and release
In March 2004, Al-Harith was among five British citizens, including the Tipton Three, who were released and repatriated to the United Kingdom. The next day, all were released by British authorities without charges.
The case went through several levels of hearings: the US District Court, the Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court. Following the US Supreme Court’s decision of Boumediene v. Bush (2008), which ruled that detainees had the right to access federal courts directly, the Supreme Court remanded the case to the US District Court. It dismissed the case in 2009 on the grounds of “limited immunity” for government officials, holding that at the time in question, the courts had not clearly established that torture was prohibited in the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo. (This was established by law in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005.) In December 2009, the US Supreme Court declined to accept the case for hearing on appeal.
Because of his imprisonment as a “terrorist,” Al-Harith has had difficulty getting work in Britain. His sister has said that he is struggling to get back to his life.
In 2014, al-Harith travelled to Syria to enlist in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. His wife, with their five children, joined him for some months in 2015 before fleeing from the Isis-controlled territory.