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How A Boarding School in Indonesia Generated a Global Jihad
November 12, 2017 By Faith Matters

How A Boarding School in Indonesia Generated a Global Jihad

We know that specific institutions have on many occasions been the generator for producing radicalised individuals who go onto commit terrorists attacks. Another such institution based in Indonesia which has generated militants from Indonesia to Syria, has been the Ibnu Mas’ud boarding school where Muslim students are provided with boarding facilities, food and religious education.  […]

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Tehrik-e-Labaik Islamist Party in Pakistan Lionises the Murderer of Glasgow Shopkeeper, Asad Shah
October 30, 2017 By Faith Matters

Tehrik-e-Labaik Islamist Party in Pakistan Lionises the Murderer of Glasgow Shopkeeper, Asad Shah

The murder of Asad Shah, the Glasgow based shopkeeper was a brutal affair. We know this, partly because the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Tehrik-e-Labaik, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, described in detail the actions that the convicted murderer, Tanveer Ahmed, undertook on the defenceless Shah. The description of the murder of Asad Shah was […]

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Extremists change narrative to attract vulnerable youths to cause
September 5, 2017 By Faith Matters

Extremists change narrative to attract vulnerable youths to cause

LONDON: The latest wave of terror attacks across Europe has drawn the spotlight on popular platforms being used as a recruiting tool for groups like Daesh to spread their message of hate and recruit young extremists with increasingly sophisticated narratives. As the front lines of conflict extend from the Middle East to the streets of […]

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‘The State’ – Islamic State Drama Showed How Faith Is Twisted to Develop a Cult
August 25, 2017 By Faith Matters

‘The State’ – Islamic State Drama Showed How Faith Is Twisted to Develop a Cult

‘The State’ was shown over 4 nights. The work of Peter Kosminsky, it is a harrowing insight into how faith is used and manipulated to create a framework of deadly destruction and intimidation and it also highlights the naivety of people caught up in a belief that the ‘Caliphate’ is finally here. ‘The State’ highlights […]

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German Islamist preacher sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison
July 27, 2017 By Faith Matters

German Islamist preacher sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison

A German Islamist preacher was sentenced on Wednesday to 5-1/2 years in prison on four counts of supporting a foreign terrorist organisation. Prosecutors said Sven Lau served as an “extended arm” of the Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, an insurgent group made up of around 1,500 Chechen, Uzbek and Tajik fighters, which in 2015 pledged allegiance to […]

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Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists
May 22, 2017 By Faith Matters

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders on Sunday to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to “drive out” terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims. Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups. His words aligned […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Death Sentence on Ahmad Al-Shabri is State Sponsored Murder
April 27, 2017 By Faith Matters

Saudi Arabia’s Death Sentence on Ahmad Al-Shabri is State Sponsored Murder

Have you ever heard of the country that the United Kingdom is friendly with and where we overlook their human rights record? Or have you heard about the country that sentences a man to death for blasphemy? No, we have not been watching the ‘Life of Brian’ recently and this is very real. Saudi Arabia […]

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Varinder Singh Bola
April 5, 2017 By Faith Matters

Varinder Singh Bola

Varinder is a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge. He is a member of the Redbridge Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), and until recently was Chairman of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. Varinder works for a Whitehall think-tank, specialising in policy engagement with political parties on national defence and security policy […]

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‘Blind sheikh’ convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison
February 20, 2017 By Faith Matters

‘Blind sheikh’ convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a broader “war of urban terrorism” in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison, authorities said. Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. (1440 […]

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Dame Louise Casey States that Integration is Not A ‘Two Way Street’
January 9, 2017 By Faith Matters

Dame Louise Casey States that Integration is Not A ‘Two Way Street’

Speaking at the Communities and Local Government Committee today, Dame Louise Casey made the case for the findings of her review into opportunity and integration which took over 14 months to complete. Speaking with a sense of purpose, Casey suggested that “integration was not a two way street”, and that in fact she saw it […]

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