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SAT Issue 02-16

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Year 2
Issue 16
Thursday, 01.11.12
See  page 14
South Asia
 A 13ft storm surge, casualties, evacuated babies, uprooted trees, ruined buildings. New  Yorkers are shaken but not defeatedMillions of people stricken by massive stormSandy will attempt to resume normal livestoday as companies, markets and airportsreopen, despite grim projections of powerand mass transit outages lasting severalmore days. The New York region began the
 After the Devastation, a Daunting Recovery, New Yorkers adapt to changed city Death toll across US northeast reaches 67
£31bn damage, 8 million no power
‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy hits US
The key Islamic heritage site, includingProphet Mohammed’s shrine, is to be bulldozed, as Saudi Arabia plans a $ 6 billion expansion of Medina’s holy Masjidan-Nabawi Mosque. However, Muslimsremain silent on the possible destruction.¬Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina,is planned to start as soon as the annualHajj pilgrimage comes to a close at the endof November. After the reconstruction, the mosque isexpected to become the world’s largest building, with a capacity for 1.6 millionpeople. And while the need to expand does exist
as more pilgrims are ocking to holy sites
every year, nothing has been said on how the project will affect the surroundings of the mosque, also historic sites.
Saudi Arabia to raze Prophet Mohammed’stomb to build larger mosque
Reconstruction A very old photograph of  Masjid Al Nabawi in Madinah
Continued on page 15 >>Continued on page 02 >>
 Ma la la  w i l l r ise aga in
 Around 1,000 anti-racistsgathered in Walthamstow, northeast London, last Saturday andcelebrated a resounding victory over the fascist English DefenceLeague (EDL).
Hundreds of Britons have staged a‘victory rally’ in Walthamstow districtin northeast London to celebrate a
Home Ofce ban on a planned march
 by far-rightists against Muslims.“The EDL [English Defence League] wanted to come to Walthamstow to intimidate Muslim and othercommunities including tradeunionists,” Hugh Lanning, deputy general secretary of the Public andCommercial Services Union (PCS),told the Morning Star.“They have been given a resoundingno. Let’s celebrate this victory together and united.”The victory rally was launched after
the Home Ofce banned a planned
march by the EDL against Muslimsin Waltham Forest.The 30-day ban across much of eastLondon forced a handful of EDLsupporters to hold a static demooutside Parliament.Showing up for celebrating the defeatof the far-right, politicians and unionleaders lined up to celebrate their victory.“The EDL are in a very weak andisolated position at the momentand all the signs suggest they willcontinue to get weaker,” UAF jointnational secretary Sabby Dhalu said.“While their leaders are gettingarrested support for our movementhas grown considerably, includingfrom many MPs.”Comedian and local resident Ava Vidal saw it as an “insult that theEDL targeted our area.”The EDL, a far-right group thatemerged in 2009, has held numerousprotests against what it calls “Islamicextremism” in Britain.Far-right groups like the EDL andthe British National Party (BNP)are playing the card of immigrationto stoke sentiment against Muslimsand immigrants.In November 2010, British police warned that the anti-Muslimdemonstration by the EDL fuelextremism and harm social cohesionin Britain.The Walthamstow rally is not the
rst to be banned for the extremist
EDL group.In September, the EDL washumiliated in Walthamstow whenanti-fascists comprehensively routedit as it tried to stage a “national”demonstration.Supporting MuslimBritish lawmakers hailed the defeatof the far-right, reiterating rejectionof their rhetoric against Muslims andtheir faith.“We stand by our Muslimcommunities and reject any form of racism and xenophobia,” MP StellaCreasy said.Dhalu, the joint national secretary of UAF, agrees.“The police restriction preventing theEDL from entering Walthamstow isa major victory for our movement,”he said.“This is also a victory for the Muslimcommunity which has successfully prevented an Islamophobicdemonstration in an area with alarge Muslim population that iscelebrating `Eid,” Dhalu said.“The EDL is weak and isolated, whileour movement grows stronger.“This victory must be celebrated.”British Muslims, estimated at nearly 2.5 million, have been in the eye of storm since the 7/7 2005 attacks. A Financial Times opinion pollshowed that Britain is the mostsuspicious nation about Muslims. A poll of the Evening Standard foundthat a sizable section of Londonresidents harbor negative opinionsabout Muslims.The anti-Muslim tide has also beenon the rise across Europe, withseveral countries are restrictingthe freedom of Muslims to wearingface-veil and building mosques. TheEDL had said it would return to Walthamstow on Saturday after ahumiliating defeat on 1 September.Then, 4,000 anti-fascists occupiedits route and stopped the racists fromholding a rally. But the EDL failed toreturn or “unite the right” behind its banner.Tory home secretary Theresa May granted a police request to ban theEDL and all other marches when it was clear that the anti-fascist protest would be far larger than before (see below).The anti-EDL demo organised by Unite Against Fascism and We Are Waltham Forest, however, assembledas planned and ended as a victory parade against the racists.Hugh Lanning from the PCS unioncondemned David Cameron forattacking multiculturalism. “The
ght against cuts is an anti-racistght,” he added. “That is why the
EDL also targets picket lines.”Father Steven Saxby from StBarnabas Church in Walthamstow told the rally that the way to defeatthe EDL “is through the grassrootscoming together.”Jo Cardwell from We Are WalthamForest said, “On 1 September we
 built the cofn that they climbed
into—and today we shut the lid.”
 After the rally anti-fascists deed thepolice ban by marching briey along
Hoe Street.Meanwhile a miserable ragbag of 50EDL fascists was penned by policeat their “demonstration”, hastily relocated miles away near the Housesof Parliament.
Britons Triumph Anti-Islam Rightists Defeat
 Anti-fascists drive the EDL racists out of Walthamstow 
South Asia Tribune
Thursday 01 November 2012
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Concerns are growing that the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi will come at the price of three of the world’s oldest mosques nearby, which hold the tombs of Prophet Mohammedand two of his closest companions, Abu Bakrand Umar. The expansion project which willcost 25 billion SAR (more than US $6 billion)reportedly requires razing holy sites, as old asthe seventh century.The Saudis insist that colossal expansion of  both Mecca and Medina is essential to make a way for the growing numbers of pilgrims. BothMecca and Medina host 12 million visitingpilgrims each year and this number is expectedto increase to 17 million by 2025. Authorities and hotel developers are workinghard to keep pace, however, the expansionshave cost the oldest cities their historicalsurroundings as sky scrapers, luxury hotelsand shopping malls are being erected amongstIslamic heritage. A room in a hotel or apartment in a historicarea may cost up to $ 500 per night. And that’sall in or near Mecca, a place where the ProphetMohammed insisted all Muslims would beequal.“They just want to make a lot of money fromthe super-rich elite pilgrims, but for the poorpilgrims it is getting very expensive and they cannot afford it,”
Saudi Arabia to raze Prophet Mohammed’s tomb to build larger mosque
Continued from page 01 >>
South Asia Tribune
Thursday 01 November 2012
Society for spreading faith) is a religiousmovement which was founded in 1926 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India.The movement primarily aims at Tablighispiritual reformation by working at thegrass roots level, reaching out to Muslimsacross all social and economic spectra to bring them closer to Islam.Tablighi Jamaat came forth as anoffshoot of the Deobandi movement. Itsinception is believed to be a response tothe deteriorating values and negligence of fundamental aspects of Islam, which wereconsidered a threat to Muslims. Tablighi
Jamaat maintains a non-afliating
stature in matters of politics and “Fiqh”(jurisprudence).Meanwhile, “Tablighi Jamaat” haslargely avoided electronic media and hasemphasized a personal communication forproselytizing. The teachings of “TablighiJamaat” are mainly basic in approachand the Six Principles put forward by 
Muhammad Ilyas inuence most of their
teachings.Pakistani Cricket super stars Saeed Anwar, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi,Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam ul Haq andSaqlain Mushtaq are all devoted membersof Tabligui Jamat. Aamir Khan andShahid Afridi met Maulana Tariq Jamil,
Pakistan’s one of the most inuential
clerics of Tablighi Jamaat, during agathering in Makkah. Pakistani formersinger Junaid Jamshed was also presenton the occasion. A planned 10,000-capacity ‘mega mosque’in East London is under consideration by city authorities as anti Muslims mounta campaign to halt construction amidfears it will become a hotbed of Islamicextremism.The gigantic mosque, four times the sizeof St. Paul’s Cathedral, will sport towering40-foot minarets, an Islamic library, sportsfacilities and eight apartments.Planning permission for the place of  worship is being considered by Newham
Council, despite controversy and erce
opposition from the local community,including many Muslims.The plans were submitted by TablighiJamaat, a Muslim missionary movement.Critics claim the Islamic group preachesseparatism and segregation.“They teach that if you want to be a goodMuslim you must separate off from non-Muslims…It’s only Tablighi Jamaat – of all the Islamic groups – that has createdghettos over in Toronto, in Canada. They’reall around the world, this is a huge groupand wherever they go they create barriers,hostility, division, they create separatism,” Alan Craig, campaign director of ‘MegaMosque No Thanks,’ which is actively opposing its construction, said in aninterview.“The grounds on which they’re trying toset-up here in Britain are anti-British,anti-Western. This is not just going to bea Mosque – this is going to be a centreof training, where they are going to try to reach out to Islamist Muslims. Toharden up and medieval-ize the Islam of ordinary Muslims in this country. And Imeet so many Muslims, who don’t wantthat,” journalist and cultural analyst Dr.Jenny Taylor, founder of religious literacy consulting group Lapido Media, claimed.Dr Irfan Al-Alawi alleged that Pakistan isalso where Tablighi Jamaat sends youngBritish-born Muslims to be brainwashedinto xtremism. In an interview Al-Alawialso claimed , “Is the British governmentreally going to turn a blind eye on thatand say, let’s go ahead and give thesepeople a chance? I don’t think so. He evencompared construction of mega Mosqueas “If they want a 9/11 in England, then by all means.”Dr Irfan Al ALawi is also part of anorganisation Lapido Media who backeda controversial Channel 4 documentary screening of Islam: The Untold Story, by historian Tom Holland, which promptedmore than 1,000 complaints when it aired.Lapido’s Handy Book Launch ignitescontroversy regarding Tablighi Jamaat.The proposal has sparked intenseopposition in the years since the plans
 were rst submitted in 1999.
In 2001, Tablighi Jamaat agreed worship would only be on a temporary basis atthe site of the proposed mosque. In 2010,Newham Council issued an enforcementnotice, but Tablighi successfully appealedit in 2011 and now more than 5,000 people worship at the ramshackle site every  week.The plans had initially included a provisionfor retail units and 300 houses, which wereshelved in place of the mega mosque. TheMuslim community refused to allow theirdonations to contribute to commercial businesses.Newham Council, which received theproposal from Tablighi on September 5,2012, issued a statement in response: “We
can conrm we have received a planning
application. As this is currently beingprocessed it would be inappropriate tocomment further at this stage.”
The Mega Mosque No Thanks websitecontains a checklist for mobilizing activists,including signing an e-petition on thegovernment’s website and contacting localMPs.
Tablighi Jamaat maintains that theirpurpose is peaceful missionary work.Spokesperson for the group’s charitabletrust and site owner Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen previously told reporters, “Thedoor is always open and we are happy tomeet and discuss in depth our proposals.”
Tablighi Jamaat and Mega Mosque UK 
Planned east London Islamic center sparks‘Mega Mosque No Thanks’ campaign
 An artist’s impression of the London mega-mosque

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