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14 Muslims Make “Time 100 Power List” of most influential people in the world

Amongst Time Magazines 100 Power List 2011 are 14 Muslims and they are the most influential people in the world. Note that four of them are Islamic Sheikhs/Religious leaders – still believe Islam & politics don’t mix?

These 100 people are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry.

Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution.

Click through to read their brief bio’s & contributions;

Hassan Nasrallah Hezbullah Leader

Feisal Abdul Rauf Sheikh

Muqtada al-Sadr Sheikh

Anwar al-Awlaki Sheikh

Wael Ghonim Spokesman for a revolution

Lamido Sanusi Africa’s central banker

Ahmed Shuja Pasha Intelligence Chief of the ISI

Fathi Terbil Human-Rights Lawyer

Saad Mohseni Media Mogul

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Motormouth

Maria Bashir Afghan Law Enforcer

El Général Tunisian Rapper

Azim Premji Philanthropist

Ayman Mohyeldin Al Jazeera Journalist

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Why Are Increasing Numbers of “Black Britain’s” Reverting to Islam? Listen Here: Young, Muslim & Black

In the last two decades, Islam has become the fastest growing religion among Black people in Britain, this at a time when the UK appears more disunited over faith, ethnicity and identity than ever before.

More than two thirds of Muslims in Britain are of South Asian ancestry, leading many to believe that Islam is the preserve of these communities.

In this programme the writer and presenter, Dotun Adebayo, explores this phenomenon and asks why is Islam providing such an attractive religious alternative to Christianity for Black Britons seeking spiritual answers?

What do they get from Islam that they can’t get from their original faith?

Is this just a rebellion against the family and society?

He will talk to young black people about the reasons for their conversion and to Bishop Joe Aldred from the Black Churches who explains where he thinks the Black Majority Churches are going wrong and why he thinks they need to smarten up and get their message across to young people so they are comfortable with church.

Originally broadcast on Radio 4

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Islam Is Stuck In The Dark Ages

At number 1 on my countdown of the ridiculous things people probably believe about Islam is that Islam is stuck in the dark ages.

There are really three big negative stereotypes about Islam — that it hates women, that it’s violent and that it hates any kind of scientific progress.

I’ve covered the first two already, but how can you argue against the third?

Their governments are based on ancient religious texts!

And what diseases has Iran cured?

Historically, Islam has a immense track record.

Science and math as we know it wouldn’t even exist without Islam.

The Islamic Golden Age caused a revolution in virtually every field of human thought, during which Al-Khwarizmi invented Algebra from the Arabic al-ğabr (in Arabic script ‘الجبر’) (“completion”) — and advanced everything from geography and exploration to the arts, architecture, philosophy, urban development, medicine and health.

The Muslims actually came pretty close to sharing all this brilliance with the truly ass-backward kingdoms of Christian Europe, who were still burning their “scientists” alive for heresy against the church.

Since the Islamic caliphates blanketed every country they conquered with schools, libraries, public works and the most comprehensive system of social welfare on the planet.

In fact, the case has been made that if the caliphates succeeded in conquering all of Europe an Italian Renaissance would have been unnecessary and one that was only possible by the discoveries made by the Muslim empire and it’s scholars.

The Akh is currently away and will be returning in the New Year.

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Western Cultures Are Far More Humane & Superior Than The Bloodthirsty Muslims Ever Were

I’m at #2 on my countdown of the ridiculous things people probably believe about Islam. At #2 is the myth that Western cultures are far more humane than the bloodthirsty Muslim ones ever were.

It’s always been within the Western/Orientalist narrative that Islam is a violent religion.

Part of it has to do with how abruptly Islam was all up in everyone’s face.

For instance, while Hinduism took about 1,000 years to spread through India, and Christianity took about 400 years to go from persecuted cult to the state religion of the Roman Empire, Islam went from one guy’s epiphany to the dominant political and religious force in the Middle East and North Africa in about 100 years.

So a lot of people have reached the conclusion that the religion spread like holy wildfire for one reason: the sword.

The next logical leap from this viewpoint is that as a people, Muslims must be violent and barbaric conquerors. Even before 9/11, you saw this portrayal in popular culture all the time:

But actually…

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) laid out some pretty progressive rules of warfare, and medieval Muslims out-niced the Christians in battle by a landslide. Especially since Muhammad (PBUH) personally issued “a distinct code of conduct among Islamic warriors” that included:

* No killing of women, children or innocents — these might include hermits, monks or other religious leaders who were deemed non-combatants;
* No wanton killing of livestock or other animals;
* No burning or destruction of trees and orchards; and
* No destruction of wells.

In short, Muhammad (PBUH) wanted his armies to fight like hippies….during the freaking Dark Ages with dignity that had never been seen on the battlefield….and they did.

The biggest territorial gains were made after Muhammad’s (PBUH) death.

Maybe that was when Islam earned its bloodthirsty reputation?

Not exactly.

His successors codified the existing rules and made them the standard for the Muslim armies. Which probably explains why the Muslim army conquering Europe “exhibited a degree of toleration which puts many Christian nations to shame,” in the words of one expert.

So while Christian crusaders were beheading enemies and tossing their severed heads like oversized footballs, their Muslim counterparts had a whole honour code that led them to feed the armies of their defeated enemies.

Stay tuned as #1 will appear later today.

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Ridiculous Things you Probably Believe About Islam – #3 All Muslims Are Arabs

I’m counting down the top myths people have about Islam & Muslims. At #3 on my countdown is the myth that all Muslims are Arabs.

Do you remember that crazy lady with the Einstein hair who asked John McCain if Barack Obama was an Arab?

No?

Well, let me refresh your memory:

We’re willing to bet there’s more than a 20 percent chance this woman meant to say “Muslim” but accidentally said “Arab” because same thing, right?

And even if you’re not in the tea party camp, where you’re convinced “Arab” and “Muslim” are interchangeable, you’ve probably operated under a similar assumption: that non-Jewish Middle Eastern people are Muslim and that most Muslims live in the Middle East.

But actually…

Only about 20 percent of the entire world’s Muslim population is Arab or North African.

For comparison, about 22 percent of the global Christian population is African, yet when somebody says “Christian,” you don’t immediately picture a man from Africa. Equating “Muslim” with “Arab” makes just as much sense.

While we in the West have been conditioned to associate Islam with the Middle East, a whopping 61.9 percent of all Muslims — AKA the supermajority — don’t live in the Middle East at all; most Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia alone is home to more than 200 million Muslims, and the Indian subcontinent has roughly a half-billion Muslims.

It works the other way, too. For example, if you think being Arab guarantees you being Muslim these days, well, i’m sorry to disappoint. As much as 10 percent of the world’s Arab population is Christian (that’s more than 14 million people).

That means there are 1 million more Arab Christians than, oh, I don’t know … the world’s entire Jewish population.

Stay tuned as I’ll be rounding up the countdown with a double post tomorrow.

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Ridiculous Things you Probably Believe About Islam – #4 America Is A Judeo Christian Nation, To Hell With The Moslems

I’m counting down the top myths people have about Islam & Muslims. At #4 on my countdown is the myth that America is a Judeo Christian nation & Islam has no place in the US of A.

Taking aside from the fact that all three religions are monotheist, Abrahamic faiths, why is it that America has such a problem with Islam?

It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and publicly bluster about what you think the Founding Fathers would think about the godless, multicultural United States today. After all, these were Christian, God-fearing men, damn it.

They certainly wouldn’t put up with all this tolerance for these terrorist religions.

It’s a good thing some Americans are standing up for good old-fashioned American values and passing laws to prohibit Islamic law from taking over the U.S., because that’s totally around the corner!

Somewhere, Thomas Jefferson is smiling in his grave!

But actually…

Even if they were staunch Christians (or deists, whatever), plenty of the Founding Fathers had a healthy admiration for the Muslim faith. Thomas Jefferson, for example, taught himself Arabic using his own copy of the Quran and hosted the first White House Iftar during Ramadan.

Maybe Thomas Jefferson was the only one who felt this way?

Nope.

John Adams hailed the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as one of the great “inquirers after truth.”

Benjamin Rush, who was so Christian he wanted a Bible in every school, but he also said that he would rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammad “inculcated upon our youth” than see them grow deprived “of a system of religious principles.”

Benjamin Franklin once declared: “Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

Even George Washington personally welcomed Muslims to come work for him at Mount Vernon.

So, why all this Founding Father/Muslim love?

Probably because Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah of Morocco was the first world figure to recognise the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1777.

Another reason was that the Founding Fathers were smart enough to distinguish between terrorists and everybody else on the whole damn planet, as demonstrated in the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797.

It was in this agreement that the U.S. declared:

“The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Mussulmen [Muslims].”

Next time you hear racist views of american commentators, you’d be best served remembering some of these facts.

Number 3 on the list is up tomorrow.

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“Ground Zero” Masajid Gets Approval

Despite a hate filled racist campaign against it, The “Ground Zero” Masajid – Park51 has achieved planning permission in New York.

The commission voted unanimously 9-0 not to give the current dilapidated site a listed building status, which now paves the way for the construction of the Masajid.

As political controversy swirled around plans for an Islamic community centre and mosque near the site of the World Trade Centre, New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a moving and powerful rebuke to its opponents, saying: “Muslims are as much a part of our city and our country as the people of any faith”.

Surrounded by religious leaders from the city, Bloomberg upheld the proposed mosque as an example of the religious tolerance that made New York famous, reminding his audience that Jews, Quakers and Catholics had all suffered religious discrimination within the city in the past.

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