Articles by: 5Pillarz

The impending partition of Syria

The impending partition of Syria

Opinion 24th May 2015 at 10:17 am 0 comments

Last week Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian helicopter that had crossed into Turkish air space over the southern border, writes Abdel Bari Atwan. Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz was quoted as congratulating the personnel who fulfilled their duty; he described how the helicopter ‘violated the border for a […]

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World’s largest hotel to open in Mecca

World’s largest hotel to open in Mecca

Middle East, Saudi Arabia, World 23rd May 2015 at 1:23 pm 0 comments

The world’s largest hotel, Abraj Kudai, will open in Mecca in 2017 amid the controversial physical transformation of the holy city. Costing £2.3 billion to build, the hotel will have 45 storeys, four helipads and one of the largest domes in the world. There will be 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants […]

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Dutch government approves partial ban on niqab

Dutch government approves partial ban on niqab

Europe, Netherlands, World 23rd May 2015 at 11:01 am 0 comments

The Dutch cabinet has approved a partial ban on wearing the niqab or burqa, which will now be outlawed in schools, hospitals and on public transport, but not on the streets. The ban only applies “in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen” or for security […]

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Muslim primary school kids “profiled for violent extremism”

Muslim primary school kids “profiled for violent extremism”

Editor's Desk, UK 22nd May 2015 at 4:59 pm 0 comments

5Pillars has learned that primary school kids in London are being made to fill in questionnaires which appear to be targeting Muslim children who may be prone to extremism, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. The questionnaires, which oblige the children to give their names, are thought to be government-issued and part […]

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Rohingya Muslims

Gambia offers to take in all Rohingyas fleeing persecution

Africa, World 21st May 2015 at 4:09 pm 0 comments

The impoverished west African nation of Gambia has offered to take in all Rohingya refugees as part of its “sacred duty” to alleviate the suffering of fellow Muslims escaping oppression. The Gambian government has asked East Asian countries to send them needy Rohingyas so that it can set them up […]

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Pic by Morgan Stanley which sponsored the garden

“Islamic garden” wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

UK 21st May 2015 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

A garden which incorporates elements of Islamic design and will be rebuilt in a deprived inner-city area has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Telegraph newspaper reports. The Healthy Cities Garden was designed by Chris Beardshaw to provide space for people living on council estates in […]

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Mohammed Shafiq

Mohammed Shafiq joins the Labour Party

UK 21st May 2015 at 11:11 am 0 comments

The Ramadhan Foundation’s Mohammed Shafiq has left the Liberal Democrats and joined the Labour Party. Shafiq, a presenter on the Ummah Channel and a well-known Muslim activist due to his frequent appearances on the mainstream media, broke the news on social media last night. He said: “I’ve joined the @UKLabour […]

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Muslims and Christian parents complain about LGBT week at Irish school

Muslims and Christian parents complain about LGBT week at Irish school

World 20th May 2015 at 4:27 pm 0 comments

Christian and Muslim communities in Ireland have penned a joint letter to the education authorities voicing criticism of “LGBT week” at a school in West Dublin last month. A number of parents are understood to have complained that their children were asked to engage in activities at Colaiste Pobal Setanta […]

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Abu Rumaysah posted this photo on Twitter of an AK-47 and his new born baby Usama.

Abu Rumaysah writes “Lonely Planet” style guide to Islamic State

UK 19th May 2015 at 4:50 pm 0 comments

Abu Rumaysah, the prominent British ISIS supporter who fled to Syria last year, has released a “Lonely Planet-style” travel booklet outlining what daily life is like in the “Islamic State.”  In the booklet he praises Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al Zarqawi for reviving “the spirit of jihad,” and […]

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Response to Islamicate: Don’t focus on bashing Muslims

Response to Islamicate: Don’t focus on bashing Muslims

Opinion 18th May 2015 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

Journalist Nasim Ahmed responds to an article on the Islamicate website which argues that British Muslims must re-evaluate “their sense of belonging and commitment to the people they live amongst,” and “give thanks for the liberty to live as believers” here. Ahmed argues that with a right-wing Tory government just […]

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