At least 100 Shiites martyred as Nigerian forces open fire at Arbaeen's peaceful march



Well armed police men in close to a hundred police trucks on Monday, opened fire on the peaceful Arbaeen trek to Zaria in the outskirts of Kano metropolis, killing close to a hundred members of the Islamic movement (IMN) including women and children.

Exact number of those killed or maimed by police bullets is still being ascertained since most of the corpses were again ferried away by the police (possibly for mass burial).

The trek had started like in previous years solemnly, orderly and peacefully without hitches. Shortly after, a contingent of armed policemen appeared and started firing teargas on the trekkers without provocations.

Because of the massive turnout, the trek continued and when IMN members reached a neighborhood called Kwanar Dawaki, about five Kilometers from Kano, police opened fire on the trekkers with live ammunition. The firing by the police was randomly carried out that they also hit their colleague, and we are not unmindful of possibility they would claim we did it, similar to what they did in Zaria.

Their antecedent and evil schemes are glaring. Already they have engaged the services of unscrupulous paid agents to push down the throats of the public that it was "clash" or even "exchange of fire" through falsified news reports. What vindicates us however is the very peaceful conduct of previous and present treks. The World bears witness to our peaceful conduct in the face of persecution. No one can simply attribute violence to us overnight.

We learnt of the attack as it was being plotted and we exposed it much earlier. That the security forces brazenly executed it in broad daylight only further exposes who actually are the assailants.

The latest deadly attack on the mourning march comes despite a letter by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) that had called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the safety of the IMN followers during the Arba’een commemorations.

Last month, at least 20 people were killed and several others injured when Nigerian forces opened fire at Muslim mourners commemorating Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein.

Followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been subjected to heavy-handed crackdown since last year when the army attacked a religious ceremony in their stronghold of Zaria in the north.

In December 2015, Nigerian forces raided the house of the IMN’s leader Sheikh Zakzaky and arrested him after killing those attempting to protect him, including one of the movement's senior leaders and its spokesman.

The Sheikh himself was shot seven times during the attacks and blinded in one eye and still remains in custody of the army.

US Muslims kick off outreach campaign to convey true message of Islam


A leading US Muslim organization has kicked off recently an outreach campaign around Dallas to convey the true message of Islam in response to rising hate fueled by presidential election campaign.

“To combat discrimination and racism, Islamic Circle of North America, Dallas (ICNA) has put up several billboards on October 24th, 2016 along major DFW highways,” the group said in a statement on its website.

“The message is “#YouDeserveToKnow, Islam = Racial Equality”.

The campaign started on October 24th, 2016 and it will continue through November.

It came in response to the presidential election campaign’s speeches and debates, which have fueled hate and intolerance, particularly racism among the people of United States.

Along with billboards, the group was organizing other events in November with the coordination of various Islamic centers.

“The first open house event is scheduled for November 5th, 2016 at Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), Richardson (840 Abrams Rd, Richardson, TX 75081),” the group said.

“Another open house is scheduled for November 19th, 2016 at McKinney Islamic Center (2940 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070).”

ICNA urged donations to continue its efforts to spread true Islam.

“The success of this campaign will require your support. Your donations will help us to continue our effort in spreading the message,” it said.

Over the past months, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused of fueling anti-Islamic sentiment, pointedly calling for Muslims to be prevented from entering the United States in December last year.

The rhetoric has made a surge in anti-Muslim attacks.

In a 2015 hate crime statistics report, 16.1 percent of 1,140 religious hate crime victims were Muslim, up from previous years, despite the fact that overall hate crime numbers among other religious groups were declining, the FBI said.



Tunisia sacks minister for questioning Wahhabism



The Tunisian government said in a statement on Friday that Prime Minister Youssef Chahed had decided to relieve Abdeljalil Ben Salem of his duties for "attacking the foundations of diplomacy."

Ben Salem said during a parliament session on Thursday that he had "dared" to question the Saudi envoy to Tunis as well as the secretary general of Arab interior ministers, who is a Saudi national, about the Saudi Wahhabism being a "vehicle for terrorism."

"I say to Saudis... reform your school because terrorism has historically come from it," the private Mosaique FM radio station quoted the Tunisian minister as saying.

Wahhabism is freely preached by Saudi clerics backed the regime in Riyadh. The Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other terrorist groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths “infidels,” justifying the killing of those people.

The Tunisian minister later issued a statement, saying that ties between Tunis and Riyadh were "completely harmonious."

Tunisia has experienced violence since the 2011 uprising that ousted the country’s dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who was in power for over two decades.

The country has also been affected by the growing instability in neighboring Libya, which has been in chaos since former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and later killed in 2011.

Tunisian law enforcement agencies fear further terrorist attacks in the country as an estimated 3,000 Tunisian terrorists are believed to be within the ranks of Daesh in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and they could bring trouble when they return home.

US Muslim community wary of possible Trump win



Islam Siddiqui and Suhail Khan, who served in two US administrations under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, believe that possible win of Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, will pose a threat to the US Muslim community.

The two US Muslim leaders made the remarks in reference to the aggressive statements of Trump against the Muslims and growing discrimination against Muslims in the United States.

Ambassador Siddiqui is the president of the American Muslim Institution (AMI).

He served as chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator for the Obama Administration from 2010-2014. Khan served in the George W. Bush Administration including the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation 2001-2009.

They were quoted by Hill as saying that as with all Americans, Muslims have a big stake in the outcome of the November 8 presidential election.

'We pay taxes, show up in the capacity of the jury as an obligation, are exposed to discrimination for the Redskins. And yet we too often are identified first by our religious affiliation. We’re anxious, when passing through airport security, whether we’ll be asked by TSA to step aside, or eyeballed by flight attendants and other passengers. If our mothers, wives and daughters wear a hijab, are they at risk of embarrassment or violence? Physical attacks are on the rise, mosques have been vandalized and burned and plots by self-style “crusaders” to kill Muslims have been stopped by authorities.'

He added that Trump insisted with no evidence that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11. Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country and the registration of Muslim Americans.

They said American Muslims observe their obligations to do what we can for confidence-building, earn respect and protect our country. We need to be vigilant against extremism and live as citizens proud of being Muslim Americans and 'one nation under God.” And we can hope that our next president, like the founders and many past leaders from both parties, will help ensure 'liberty and justice for all.”

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