1. Morocco under fire by Muslim scholars for mixing prayer with music
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has decried mixing call to prayer with music during a ceremony attended by Pope Francis when he visited King Mohammed VI in Morocco on Saturday. [...]
“We were surprised and shocked about what happened in the Institute for the Training of Imams in the Kingdom of Morocco, where the call to prayer, one of the greatest rituals of Islam, was mixed with Christian hymns and chants,” the statement said on Monday 1 April.
The press release reiterates that tolerance exists in Islam and should be sought after, but it rejects “fabrication and disruption of Islam pillars.”
Hamza El-Kettani, brother of preacher and former political prisoner Hassan Kettani, said in a publication he posted on his Facebook account that the performance is a form of “atheism and apostasy.”
Related video from 2015: “When Allah speaks of music in the Koran, he reminds us that it is the devil’s language”
2. "WE can do it" - the cowardly lie of the Chancellor Angela Merkel
TV07 Meinungen, a politically independent alternative news group, hit the streets in Germany to ask people to rate Angela Merkel’s refugee policies. Click HERE to watch the video.
3. US to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization
WASHINGTON - The United States is expected to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington formally labels another country's military a terrorist group.
The decision, is expected to be announced by the U.S. State Department, perhaps as early as Monday, the officials said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a strident Iran hawk, has advocated for the change in U.S. policy as part of the Trump administration's hardening posture toward Tehran.
It would come ahead of the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international nuclear deal with Tehran and reimpose sanctions that had crippled Iran's economy.
4. Torture videos: Germany finds man guilty of Syrian war crimes
BERLIN (AP) – A court in Germany has found a 29-year-old Syrian man guilty of war crimes for torturing members of pro-government forces in Syria.
German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the Stuttgart regional court sentenced Mohamad K. to four years and six months in prison.
K., whose last name was not released in line with privacy laws, served in the rebel Free Syrian Army from January 2012 to January 2013.
Prosecutors alleged the defendant whipped two members of a pro-government militia with a rope or cable. Videos of the torture were uploaded to YouTube in early 2013.
The court took into consideration that the defendant had suffered as a result of Syria’s civil war, had no previous convictions in Germany and had integrated well since coming to the country in 2015.
5. “I need an ambulance, I've accidentally killed my wife”: Jealous husband's lying 999 call after murdering spouse as her daughters slept upstairs before police found him calmly drinking tea at victim's home
A jealous husband strangled his estranged wife as her children slept upstairs, then made himself a cup of tea while waiting for police.
Mohammed Anhar Ali bought cables to murder Nazia Begum at their former marital home in Bow, east London after she asked for a divorce in October last year.
In a chilling 999 call he made after the murder, Ali calmly told the operator he'd “accidentally” killed his wife “with a scarf.”
When police arrived he asked officers to be quiet because his daughter, and Ms Begum's daughter from a previous relationship, were sleeping upstairs.
Following his conviction for murder yesterday, Ms Begum's mother released a heartbreaking statement describing the impact the killing has had on the young girls.
6. UK: “A woman must not deny her husband” - books on female subservience found in Islamic school
AN ISLAMIC primary school has failed an Ofsted report after inspectors found books saying a husband had the right to “interfere” with his wife’s freedom and others attacking homosexuality.
Imam Zakariya Academy was found to be careless when it came to protecting children from “accessing extreme views” and ordered to educate its staff about how to recognise “inappropriate literature” and remove it immediately.
One passage found in a book in the library at the mixed school in Forest Gate, East London, focused on the subservience of a woman to her husband and stated how a man should respond if his wife chooses to “neglect herself”. It said: “A wife must not deny herself to her husband… Moreover, the wife is not permitted to do anything that may render her companionship less desirable or less gratifying.”
7. Gohmert on Mueller Report subpoenas: "Enough is enough for heaven's sake, let's please move on"
Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX01) attended and spoke up in a House Judiciary Committee meeting to consider a resolution, offered by Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), authorizing subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report and its underlying evidence. He stated in the markup, "The facts show it was the Democrats who colluded with foreign agents to try to change the outcome of the election."
8. Hospital withdraws job offer to doctor who tweeted about giving Jews wrong meds
A hospital in southern California announced Monday that it was withdrawing a job offer to a doctor who had posted a series of anti-Semitic tweets.
Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield said that Dr. Lara Kollab, who was fired from the Cleveland Clinic last year over her history of anti-Semitic online statements, would not be participating in their internal medicine residency program after the clinic withdrew her acceptance on March 15.
“Kern Medical has determined that Dr. Lara Kollab breached her Match Participant Agreement when she submitted information that was false, misleading, and incomplete to Kern Medical during the interview and match process,” the hospital said in a statement. “Kern Medical is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and expects the highest level of integrity and compassion from our staff.”
9. Revealed: Government adviser on Islamaphobia gave his backing to a Pakistani cleric who called for a Christian mother to be hanged for blasphemy
An imam recruited to advise the government on “tackling Islamophobia” has publicly supported a cleric in Pakistan who has campaigned for a Christian woman to be hanged for blasphemy.
Qari Asim, who is part of an 11-strong panel assembled by the Communities Department, supported preacher Khadim Rizvi, who demanded the death penalty for Asia Bibi, who was falsely accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
She spent nine years on death row until she was acquitted in October.
10. Islamic State says it killed 18 soldiers in west Africa
CAIRO (Reuters) - Jihadist group Islamic State said on Thursday it had killed 13 Nigerian soldiers and five troops from a west African anti-militant force in attacks over recent days.
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last few months.
In its newspaper Al-Nabaa, IS said its fighters killed the Nigerians in attacks on a military barracks on Friday, a military post on Sunday, and a town on Monday, all in northeastern Borno state.
Fighters also detonated explosives on Wednesday on a vehicle in the Lake Chad region, killing five more soldiers, IS said, without specifying the country.
The militants said the vehicle was carrying troops from a multinational task force - comprising of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - set up to fight them.