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    Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN)Everyday life is now permeated by fear after four Muslim men were inexplicably gunned down in Albuquerque, a mosque leader said. "Incredibly terrified. Panicked. Some people want to move from the state until this thing is over. Some people have moved from the state," said Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico."Businesses are closing ... early. Students won't leave their homes," he said. "It's affecting people from coming over to the mosque to conduct their services, their prayers. So, in every aspect of daily life that we're used to or accustomed to following, it's impacted it in every way possible."Naeem Hussain, 25, died hours after attending a funeral for other shooting victims.On Friday night, 25-year-old Naeem Hussain was found dead by Albuquerque police. He became the third Muslim man killed in the city within two weeks, and the fourth since November.Read MoreHours before his death, Hussain -- who just became a US citizen -- attended a funeral for two of the other shooting victims. The young man expressed fear about the recent shootings, said...
    (CNN)The ambush-style shootings of three Muslim men and the recent killing of a fourth in Albuquerque have alarmed the city's Muslim community and triggered warnings for mosque-goers as police investigate how the shootings may be linked.The killings of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, Aftab Hussein, 41, and Naeem Hussain, 25, all have one commonality: the victims were all Muslim and of South Asian descent, according to Albuquerque police.One of four Muslim men slain in potentially linked Albuquerque killings remembered as brilliant public servant The three most recent killings happened within the span of two weeks, putting the city on edge as police probed for potential links between the attacks, and put a spotlight on an unsolved homicide from November 2021."While we are still sifting through all the evidence to look for more connections, it is deeply troubling that these three men were Muslim and of similar descent," deputy commander of Albuquerque Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, Kyle Hartsock, said.The FBI is assisting with the investigation, and an online portal was set up for residents to upload videos and...
    Two days after hosting a press conference on the killings of three Muslim men in the last nine months, Albuquerque police were back to address yet another one Saturday. Just before midnight Friday, the Albuquerque Police Department received word of the murder of yet another Muslim man, Police Chief Harold Medina told reporters. And authorities believe the four killings may be linked, he said. Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, a 27-year-old local official in the city of Española, was shot and killed outside his apartment on Monday. Six days earlier, 41-year-old Aftab Hussein was killed in his apartment complex parking lot less than five miles away. They both reportedly attended the same mosque. The first of the killings occurred in November 2021, when 62-year-old Mohammad Ahmadi was shot and killed outside a halal cafe. An APD spokesperson said he could not give specifics on the latest killing, but there was a “connection” between the crime and the previous murders that made him believe they could be linked. He added: “It is surprising that this happened so soon after we spoke on Thursday.”...
    Police in Albuquerque are investigating a possible serial killer, after three Muslim men were murdered within five miles of each other in the last nine months. The trio were all ambushed alone outside their home or work place, and killed by a gunman. They did not know each other, although the two most recent victims attended the same mosque. After the third killing, on Monday, Albuquerque police and the FBI held a news conference Thursday in front of the Islamic Center of New Mexico to announce investigators have found a 'strong possibility' the same attacker could have carried out all three murders. 'While we won't go into why we think there's a connection, there's one strong commonality in all of our victims — their race and religion,' said Deputy Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock. He appealed for the public's help in tracking down the killer. A funeral was held on Friday in Albuquerque for the two most recent victims: Aftab Hussein, 41, and 27-year-old Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, both from Pakistan Altaf Hussein cries over the grave of his brother Aftab Hussein at Fairview...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the ambush shooting deaths of three Muslim men over the past nine months could be connected. Albuquerque police have confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers are looking for possible ties among the separate crimes. Two of the men — Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41 — were killed in the past week, and both were from Pakistan and members of the same mosque. The third case involves the November killing of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, a Muslim man of South Asian descent. Deputy Police Commander Kyle Hartsock wouldn’t share specifics, but he said the commonality among the victims is race and religion. “We are taking this very seriously. We want the public’s help in identifying this cowardly individual,” Hartsock said during a news conference Thursday in front of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. The governor, Albuquerque’s mayor and civil rights groups have raised concerns, saying violence against members of the community based on race or religion will not be...
    (CNN)Albuquerque police and the FBI are investigating three recent murders of Muslim men for "possible ties to the same offender," according to Albuquerque police.Two members of the same mosque, Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, both from Pakistan, were murdered in southeast Albuquerque in the past week, police said in a news release. Detectives are now trying to determine whether any connections exist between those killings and the November 2021 murder of another Muslim man, Mohammad Ahmadi, who was of South Asian descent."While we are still sifting through all the evidence to look for more connections, it is deeply troubling that these three men were Muslim and of similar descent," said Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the police department's Criminal Investigations Division.Hartsock asked for the public's help in identifying "the shooter or shooters," saying the victims in all three cases were "ambushed with no warning, fired on and killed."Investigators met with leaders of the Islamic Center of New Mexico on Thursday morning.Read More"I want to reassure our friends in the Muslim community that we are making these crimes...
    Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are investigating a possible serial killer case involving three young Muslim men who were shot to death within a 5-mile radius over the past nine months. Each slaying was an ambush outside during evening hours, and it doesn’t appear that the men knew each other. Police are working with the FBI and are open to the idea that these could be hate crime killings, the Albuquerque Journal reported. “While we won’t go into all the specifics of why we think that, there’s one strong commonality in all victims: the race and religion,” Deputy Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock with the Albuquerque Police Department said Thursday. “We are taking this very seriously. We want the public’s help in identifying this cowardly individual.” All three men reportedly were immigrants who worked hard to make better lives for themselves in America. One man wanted to bring his fiancee to Albuquerque from Pakistan and start a family. “We can’t call it a [hate crime] until we have someone identified and really know what their intention is in doing this,” Hartsock said....
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Muslim Americans filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that U.S. border officers questioned them about their religious beliefs in violation of their constitutional rights when they returned from international travel. The three men from Minnesota, Texas and Arizona sued Department of Homeland Security officials in a federal court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed in California because some of the questioning allegedly occurred at Los Angeles International Airport. In the lawsuit, the men claimed that U.S. border officers at land crossings and international airports peppered them with questions about whether they were Muslim and attended a mosque and how often they prayed. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the men, said the questioning violated the men’s constitutional rights to freedom of religion and protection against unequal treatment. “Just as border officers may not single out Christian Americans to ask what denomination they are, which church they attend, and how regularly they pray, singling out Muslim Americans for similar questions is unconstitutional,” said the lawsuit. It asks a judge to declare the religious questioning...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Muslim Americans have filed a lawsuit alleging that U.S. border officers questioned them about their religious beliefs in violation of their constitutional rights when they returned from international travel. The three men from Minnesota, Texas and Arizona sued Department of Homeland Security officials Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles. The suit was filed in California because some of the questioning allegedly occurred at Los Angeles International Airport. In the lawsuit, the men said U.S. border officers at land crossings and international airports peppered them with questions about whether they were Muslim and attended a mosque and how often they prayed. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the men, said the questioning violates the men’s constitutional rights to freedom of religion and protection against unequal treatment. “Just as border officers may not single out Christian Americans to ask what denomination they are, which church they attend, and how regularly they pray, singling out Muslim Americans for similar questions is unconstitutional,” the plaintiffs wrote in the suit, which asks the court to bar...
    CAIRO (AP) — The young woman could hear her heart pounding so hard that she worried the microphone placed in front of her would pick up its sound. Seated around her were officials from Islamic nations, including her country’s president. Cameras clicked. She closed her eyes. Al-Zahraa Layek Helmee’s voice filled the spacious, columned hall with a melodic recitation of the Quran, a role customarily held by men in her country, Egypt. For the 18-year-old, the high-profile recitation of Muslim holy text at a Cairo conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was a personal milestone — one that she also hopes would send a message to women and girls: That can be you. “I wanted to prove that women have a great role to play when it comes to Quran recitation,” she said. Across cultures and Muslim communities, the boundaries of such a role can be subject to debate. Attitudes vary toward women publicly reciting the Quran within earshot of nonrelated men — in person, online or in other media. While the most skilled female...
    Fashion firm United Colors of Benetton is selling a new range of unisex hijabs. The Italian brand is flogging the items in black, red, green and yellow for £29.95. One woman said it had left her 'crying of laughter and desperation' after the headwear was spotted today. United Colors of Benetton created the hijab in partnership with Italian rapper and record producer Ghali Amdouni as part of his Ghali collection. It is described as: 'Unisex hijab in stretch fabric. Small clashing print on the left side that combines the Benetton logo with Ghali's G.' It adds: 'This accessory belongs to the ''United Colors of Ghali'' capsule collection, created by Ghali.' The Italian brand was blasted online for flogging the items in black, red, green and yellow for £29.95 But the headwear was panned on social media, with one woman saying she was 'crying of laughter and desperation'. Another posted a serious face emoji, writing: 'The Italian brand Benetton has teamed up with rapper Ghali Amdouni to launch a collection focused on multiculturalism called ''United Colors of Ghali'' where they highlight a... unisex Hijab!' Meanwhile journalist Ebbaba...
    Police arrested four men in Nantes after they allegedly slaughtered a pair of sheep in the middle of a street during the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. The four men were taken into custody on Tuesday at around 11:25 a.m. in the Bellevue district of Nantes and are suspected of slaughtering two sheep in public in violation of French law, which states only official slaughterhouses may engage in any animal slaughter. According to a police source who spoke to Ouest France, the men hung the animals on a fence in the middle of the street to “eviscerate them more easily”. The men are also alleged to have told the police that the sheep could not have been in any pain during the slaughter because they were turned towards Mecca as they were being killed. The suspects claim they bought the animals from a farmer. A third sheep was later discovered alive in a van and was handed over to an association that deals with animal welfare. The men in the case could face a fine of up to €15,000 (£12.8k/$17.6k)  and six months in...
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear a bid from the FBI involving the post-9/11 surveillance of three Muslim men from California who allege the federal government covertly gathered information about them based on their religion. The FBI appealed to the Supreme Court after a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said claims brought by the men in 2011 can proceed. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court in its next term, which begins in October, and is the second involving the so-called state secrets privilege the justices will decide. The dispute arose from the FBI's use of a confidential informant from 2006 to 2007 to infiltrate the Muslim community in Orange County, California, and secretly collect information about its members, including names, phone numbers and emails. The operation lasted for more than a year, but fell apart when the informant, Craig Monteilh, made statements about inciting violence, which led members of the Islamic community to report him to law enforcement, according to filings with the Supreme Court. Three...
    An author who visited mosques across Britain to investigate integration has revealed how parts of Blackburn are 'no-go areas' for white men, while ultra-orthodox parents in Bradford make children live under Taliban-like rules. Author and political advisor Ed Husain, Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, has penned Among The Mosques: A Journey Across Muslim Britain in which he explores some of the UK's largest mosques and the Muslim communities worshiping there. The Muslim writer, who was himself radicalised in his youth and trained for Jihad by the same people as Omar Khyam, leader of the Bluewater bombers, grew up in a Bangladeshi family in Tower Hamlets, East London. In the book, which is set to be released next week, Ed details how he researched his work by 'turning up unannounced' to the communal Friday prayers at the central mosque in cities across the country.  Husian, also chronicled conversations with taxi drivers, business owners, Imams and local white people about the mosques and the surrounding community, painting a worrying picture of divided communities - with white people in towns...
    More On: islamophobia Dems’ desperate denial on anti-Jewish attacks: The ‘Islamophobia’ red herring Disturbing footage captures social worker’s racist rant against Muslims Canada designates the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity Oregon man facing bias crime charges over anti-Muslim rampage A Connecticut prison guard has been fired for posting an anti-Muslim meme on Facebook showing five men hanging from nooses. Correction Officer Anthony Marlak was fired Tuesday for “just cause” following an investigation into the 2018 post showing five apparently Muslim men hanging from nooses with the caption “Islamic Wind Chimes,” according to a termination letter dated Tuesday. “The type of speech posted threatens the safety of staff and inmates who are Muslim,” Garner Correction Institution Warden Amoda Hannah wrote to Marlak. “Your actions violate the standard of conduct for correctional employees and will not be condoned or tolerated.” Hannah said Marlak’s post “undermined the public’s confidence” for him to continue performing his duties. Connecticut’s chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations notified state correction officials of the post in January while calling for Marlak to be fired....
    A group of masked and hooded men carrying a Palestinian flag smashed up a Muslim YouTuber’s home in Birmingham on Sunday for supposedly “disrespecting Palestine”. Birmingham-based YouTuber Mufti Abu Layth claimed that people online had edited one of his videos to make it seem as if he was in favour of handing over the Al-Aqsa Mosque — one of the holiest sites in the Islamic tradition — to Israel. Apparently angered by the doctored video, a group of men, all dressed in black hoodies and wearing masks over their face descended on Layth’s house on Sunday night. The gang smashed the doors and windows of the house while yelling “Free Palestine”. One of the men is heard saying: “Yo, this is for that dirty dog Abu Layth, who disrespected our brothers and sisters in Palestine” as the others began throwing rocks through the windows of the house. “Where the f*** is Abu Layth?” another is heard saying after they break down his door and barge into the house. In the early hours of Monday morning, Layth wrote on his Facebook page...
    TV personality Saira Khan has opened up about receiving death threats after revealing she is no longer a practicing Muslim. The 50-year-old spoke out about the extremely hateful comments, which she said were "99% made by men" on social media. 5Saira has opened up about receiving death threatsCredit: Alamy Saira, who was the runner-up in the first season of The Apprentice in 2005, declared last week that she was no longer a practising Muslim. Despite "expecting a backlash", the star was forced to address the hate she received in a subsequent column in The Mirror following the threats. "I was not expecting extreme hate and death threats," Saira penned, explaining the news "spread like wildfire" across the globe. Saira, who is of Pakistani heritage, explained it had "even been reported in Pakistan" and since then had been receiving hateful messages every day. 5The star said she was no longer a practicing Muslim last weekCredit: Instagram Listing some of the comments she had received, Saira explained she was dubbed "devilish", a "mental patient" and called...
    On April 29, 2003, I was in Tel Aviv, reporting for Wired magazine. I had completed a day of interviewing and was strolling alongside the Mediterranean when I came to a blues bar, Mike’s Place, with a Guinness sign out front. I like Guinness, my name is Mike, and I stopped to poke my head in. But it was mid-afternoon and the bar was empty. So I went to my hotel and crashed early. After midnight, a loud noise woke me. I said to myself, “That couldn’t be a bomb.”  Next morning, I found out that a suicide bomber, Asif Mohammed Hanif, had blown himself up at Mike’s Place. An accomplice, Omar Khan Sharif, failed to ignite his own explosive and got away. Twelve days later, his body washed up on the beach. (The men, both Muslim, came to Israel from Great Britain.) A few hours had stood between me sleeping through the sirens of ambulances and needing an ambulance myself. Jack Baxter was less lucky.  He’s a filmmaker who happened to be at Mike’s, saying goodbyes after wrapping...
    Two Muslim men say they were booted off an Alaska Airlines flight in February because of text messages they sent in Arabic. The men, identified as Abobakkr and Mohamed, were on a business trip when they boarded an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco on Feb. 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Washington state chapter said in a statement. Abobakkr was in his first-class seat texting a friend before taking off. A passenger nearby noticed the text messages and reported them to a flight attendant despite not knowing Arabic, according to CAIR. The flight was delayed and Abobakkr and Mohamed were questioned. An Alaska Airlines representative translated the messages to police, which stated that the staffer saw "there was no threat of any kind." 'It makes you feel little. It makes you feel embarrassed,' one of the men said of Alaska Airlines' alleged actions. (iStock) CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER CAIR, which is representing the men in court, allege that after Alaska Airlines learned there was no threat, it continued to humiliate the men by...
    Two Muslim men say they were booted off an Alaska Airlines flight in February because of text messages they sent in Arabic. The men, identified as Abobakkr and Mohamed, were on a business trip when they boarded an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco on Feb. 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Washington state chapter said in a statement. Abobakkr was in his first-class seat texting a friend before taking off. A passenger nearby noticed the text messages and reported them to a flight attendant despite not knowing Arabic, according to CAIR. The flight was delayed and Abobakkr and Mohamed were being questioned. An Alaska Airlines representative translated the messages to police, which stated that the staffer saw “there was no threat of any kind.” CAIR, which is representing the men in court, allege that after Alaska Airlines learned there was no threat, it continued to humiliate the men by disembarking all the passengers and leading them to where they were being questioned by the FBI. The airlines also rebooked the men onto later...
    Two Muslim men say they have been waiting for nearly a year for an apology from Alaska Airlines for being publicly humiliated and having their civil rights violated when they were ejected from a flight for sending text messages in Arabic.  The two passengers, identified only by their first names as Abobakkr and Mohamed, spoke out about the February 2020 incident on Monday during a video press conference organized by the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).   'Imagine being innocent, and then suddenly you became accused of being criminal,' said Abobakkr, as KIRO7 reported.  Two passengers, identified as Abobakkr (left) and Mohamed (right), were flying first-class abroad an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco in February when they say they were deplaned for sending text messages in Arabic This screenshot shows Abobakkr's cellphone displaying the message that got him ejected from the flight A passenger on board the Alaska Airlines flight, who did not speak Arabic, reported Abobakkr's message to a friend as suspicious (stock image) CAIR representatives described what...
    Three Muslim men who were accused of stripping an elderly Coptic Christian woman naked and dragging her in the streets of her village in 2016 were acquitted by an Egyptian court, numerous sources reported.  Before being detained and standing retrial for the attack, the three men had been sentenced to 10 years in January. The Court handed down the verdict as the retrial concluded Thursday, and Egypt’s chief prosecutor looked into a possible appeal, according to the Associated Press. The men are accused of attacking the 70-year-old woman after rumors spread that her son had has an affair with a Muslim woman, causing scandal. Violence erupted in Minya, where a significant population of Egypt’s minority Copts live, and resulted in ransacked or torched Christian homes after the rumors. Egyptian Coptic Christians attend a mass on July 24, 2016, in the rubble of a makeshift chapel that was torched a few months ago during clashes in the Egyptian village of Ismailia, in the Minya governorate, some 300km south of the capital of Cairo.(KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images) Anba Makarios, Minya’s Christian...
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian criminal court acquitted three Muslim men accused of stripping naked an elderly Coptic Christian woman and parading her through the streets of a village in southern Egypt in 2016, the state’s official news agency reported. The three had been sentenced to 10 years in absentia in January, before they were detained and stood a retrial for the attack in the southern province of Minya, where an armed Muslim mob had attacked the 70-year-old woman four years ago, after rumors spread that her son was having an affair with a Muslim woman. Such relations are taboo in conservative Egypt. The court handed down the verdict as the retrial of the three concluded on Thursday. Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Hamada el-Sawy, on Friday instructed his legal team to look into a possible appeal, the state MENA news agency reported. The May 2016 attack shocked the country. At the time, Anba Makarios, Minya’s top Christian cleric, told a talk show host on the private Dream TV network that the woman was dragged out of her home by the mob...
    Women from a right-wing Hindu organization protest against love jihad on September 12, 2014. Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times/Getty Images 'Love jihad' is a conspiracy theory used to accuse Muslim men of coercing non-Muslim women into marriage and, in turn, converting to Islam. Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, approved a law based on the conspiracy theory last month. The law forbids unlawful conversion and breaching it can lead to 10 years in prison. At least 10 Muslim men have been arrested under the new law, according to yahoo! news. At least five other Indian states are considering introducing similar rules. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. 'Love jihad' is a term used by radical Hindu groups to accuse Muslim men of trying to trick non-Muslim women into converting to Islam. This conspiracy theory has been used to justify a new law in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The ordinance, which the state's governor approved at the end of November, forbids unlawful religious conversion. It's referred to by Indian media as the 'love jihad law.'  Those...
    Christian woman Soad Thabet, pictured, was attacked after her son was rumoured to have had an affair with a married Muslim woman Three men who stripped and dragged an elderly Christian woman through an Egyptian village over rumours that her son was having an affair with a Muslim woman have been acquitted by a court. Soad Thabet, now 74, was the victim of the sectarian attack in 2016 which saw her paraded naked by a mob of vigilantes in Al-Karm.  The attack was accompanied by the torching of Coptic Christian homes and villagers angrily calling for the religious minority to be expelled.  The three defendants - a father and his two sons - were acquitted after a re-trial where they were initially sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Local Coptic newspaper Watani reported Thabet was distraught upon hearing the verdict. 'After all these years, how can they be let off after they stripped me naked in front of everyone to see? What can I say? God will bring back my rights,' she said according to the publication. Leading rights...
    On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of three Muslim men who said they were wrongly placed wrongly on a “no-fly” list. The men, all U.S. residents, went to court on the basis that the FBI put them on the government’s no-fly list for refusing to spy on U.S. Muslim communities and act as informants. All three men were allegedly placed on the list without evidence to prove that they threatened airline or passenger security. As a result of being on the list, not only were the three men’s reputations and employment statuses harmed, but they could not visit family in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen for a span of years. The Supreme Court’s decision, the latest in a spate of rulings in favor of religious liberties, allows the men to sue the FBI agents for monetary damages under a federal law protecting religious exercise. The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act “permits litigants, when appropriate, to obtain money damages against federal officials in their individual capacities,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote. According to Reuters, while the law does not specify...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that three Muslim men who were put on the U.S. government’s no-fly list for allegedly refusing to serve as FBI informants could sue FBI agents for monetary damages. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, a staunch champion of religious liberty, wrote the majority opinion, saying the men may sue the agents in their personal capacity under a 1993 religious freedom law. FILE - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a speech in Atlanta, Feb. 11, 2020.The law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allows litigants “to obtain money damages against federal officials in their individual capacities,” Thomas wrote in the 11-page opinion. The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions in support of religious freedom handed down by the conservative-controlled Supreme Court. The newest member of the court, conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, did not participate in the case as it was argued before she was sworn in last month. Muslim American civil rights advocates hailed the ruling. “Today's unanimous #SCOTUS decision is a victory for American Muslims...
    The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three Muslim men can sue FBI agents accused of placing the men on the U.S. government’s “no-fly list.” The court ruled in an 8-0 decision that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 permits the men, who are all U.S. citizens or permanent residents, to sue for monetary damages, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Mental Health Improved For Only One Group During COVID — And Dems Did Everything They Could To Suppress It) “A person whose exercise of religion has been unlawfully burdened may ‘obtain appropriate relief against a government,'” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the unanimous ruling, according to USA Today. “A damages remedy is not just ‘appropriate’ relief as viewed through the lens of suits against government employees. It is also the only form of relief that can remedy some (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) violations,” Thomas added. Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah, and Naveed Shinwari accused FBI agents in 2013 of placing them on the government’s “no-fly list” after they refused to spy on Muslim communities in the United States, saying that...
    The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously in favor of three Muslim U.S. residents who say FBI agents wrongly placed them on the government’s no-fly list as punishment for their refusal to spy on fellow Muslims. The decision clears the way for the men to sue the agents under a 1993 law that bars the federal government from unduly burdening the free exercise of religion, and permits the men to seek monetary compensation. “The question here is whether ‘appropriate relief’ includes claims for money damages against Government officials in their individual capacities,” Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasMore than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to appoint more Black female Cabinet members For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty Defusing the judicial confirmation process MORE wrote for the court. “We hold that it does.” The 8-0 opinion, decided before Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettDurbin to become top Democrat on Judiciary panel, keep No. 2 spot Durbin's fate unclear after rule change vote sparks disarray Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to housing regulator's constitutionality MORE joined the bench, is the latest in a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Muslim men who were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants can seek to hold federal agents financially liable. The justices continued a string of decisions friendly to religious interests in holding that the men could sue the agents under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act for what it calls “appropriate relief.” “The question here is whether ‘appropriate relief’ includes claims for money damages against Government officials in their individual capacities. We hold that it does,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court. The three foreign-born men claim in the lawsuit that their religious convictions led them to rebuff agents who wanted them to inform on people in their Muslim communities. “This is a clear prohibition in the Islamic faith,” Ramzi Kassem, the men’s lawyer, told the justices during arguments in October. The men claim the agents then placed or kept them on the list of people prevented from flying because they are considered a threat. The men have since been removed...
    By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Muslim men who were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants can seek to hold federal agents financially liable. The justices continued a string of decisions friendly to religious interests in holding that the men could sue the agents under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act for what it calls “appropriate relief.” “The question here is whether ‘appropriate relief’ includes claims for money damages against Government officials in their individual capacities. We hold that it does,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court. The three foreign-born men claim in the lawsuit that their religious convictions led them to rebuff agents who wanted them to inform on people in their Muslim communities. “This is a clear prohibition in the Islamic faith,” Ramzi Kassem, the men’s lawyer, told the justices during arguments in October. The men claim the agents then placed or kept them on the list of people prevented from flying because they are considered a threat. The men...
    It’s been two months since a young Dalit woman was brutally raped and killed in Hathras in India and in contrast to the swift action by the government in previous cases, there has been little action taken since the four men allegedly responsible were arrested. The 19-year-old woman was found in a paralytic state not far from her home in Boolgarhi village in September. She was initially treated at a district hospital and then at JNMC hospital in Aligarh before being shifted to Safdarjung hospital. Before she died a few days later, she said that four upper-caste men had gang-raped her and strangled her. The four men are in police custody, but since their arrest, four Muslim men who travelled to Hathras to visit the woman’s family in a show of support and sympathy have also been arrested on charges of sedition as it seems the Uttar Pradesh government wanted Muslim scapegoats to divert attention from the rape case. The Muslim men were raising funds for the victim’s family as, according to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the victim’s...
    A Muslim woman in the French city of Reims ransacked the liquor area of a supermarket for the second time in under a month, causing even more property damage than the first incident. The first attack took place on September 16th at a Spar supermarket in the Croix Rouge area of the city at around 6 p.m. and saw the woman smash bottles of liquor before she was eventually arrested by police and taken for psychiatric evaluation. On Thursday, the woman returned to the same supermarket and began again smashing hundreds of liquor bottles and allegedly explaining to witnesses that her religion, Islam, forbids alcohol. She also said she suffered from mental problems, L’Union reports. “I was outside the door when I heard the sound of broken glass,” local resident Salah Byar said. “I turned around and saw this woman throwing bottles everywhere. I wanted to come in to calm her down but an employee asked me out because I was in danger of getting hit.” Watch: Father and Son Brutally Beaten After Drinking Alcohol at Belgian Halal Restaurant https://t.co/00Ie52Mhwa...
    By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Friday to fight "Islamist separatism" which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France. France has struggled with homegrown Islamist militancy for years but Macron's government is increasingly worried by broader signs of radicalisation - often non-violent - within Muslim communities, French officials say. They cite the refusal of some Muslim men to shake women's hands, swimming pools that impose alternate time slots for men and women, girls of as young as four being told to wear full-face veils, and a proliferation of 'madrassa' religious schools. More than 250 people have been killed on French soil over the past five years in attacks by Islamist militants or individuals inspired by jihadist groups. "What we need to fight is Islamist separatism," Macron said during a visit to the impoverished Paris suburb of Les Mureaux. "The problem is an ideology which claims its own laws should be superior to those of the Republic." France follows a strict form of secularism, known as "laicite", which is designed...
    A 20-year-old Christian man was beaten to death in eastern Uganda by family members for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity, Morning Star News reported Thursday. Muslim family members beat Jalilu Kamutono along with his 23-year-old cousin Ahmad Waisana in late July with sticks and blunt instruments, leaving the two young men semi-conscious on a pile of banana plantation leaves. On August 5 Kamutono succumbed to his injuries while Waisana is still in critical condition, with injuries to his head and a kidney. “I have been spending sleepless nights thinking of my cousin and best friend, Jalilu,” Waisana told Morning Star News. “My whole body is aching. I am not sure whether I will get well or die and go to be with Christ.” Waisana and Kamutono both converted to Christianity last October after listening to radio broadcasts by a former Muslim preacher who defended Christianity by making comparisons between the Bible and the Qur’an. After attending an open-air evangelical event in Budaka Town last fall, the two men made a public confession of faith in Christ. On hearing of...
    MESUT OZIL said he was "disappointed" with Arsenal after their failure to back his views over the Uighur killings in China. Ozil took to Instagram in December to speak out against the persecution of fellow Muslims in north west Xianjiang. 2Mesut Ozil is "disappointed" with ArsenalCredit: Getty Images - Getty And now the 31-year-old has revealed what he thought of Arsenal's decision to distance the club from the views expressed by their midfielder. The Gunners posted an official statement on Chinese social media site Weibo. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news   It read: "Regarding the comments made by Mesut Özil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement. "The content published is Özil’s personal opinion. "As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics." Ozil also confirmed he will STAY at Arsenal until his contract expires next summer and revealed he rejected the coronavirus pay cut because talks were "rushed". 2 Ozil told The Athletic: "Every human is equal. "It doesn’t matter what religion...
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