ISLAMIC RELIEF ORGANIZATION DISTRIBUTES SR7 MILLION TO ORPHANS IN SUDAN

  The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) of Muslim World League (MWL) has distributed seven million riyals as dues for its sponsored orphans in the Republic of the Sudan, from which 11,331 male and female orphans were benefited.   During a ceremony prepared for this occasion, the officials at the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum and the orphans’ relatives have expressed appreciation to the Organization and the Saudi people for their diverse aid to the poor segment all over Sudan.   On the occasion, the IIRO Secretary General Ihsan bin Saleh Tayyip said that those allocations disbursed by the Organization for these orphans have left a major impact on the hearts of the beneficiaries, and their relatives who have confirmed that this great humanitarian edifice (IIRO) constitutes a wide presence in all parts of Sudan whereas it gives the poor and needy its various assistance and stand by them in all situations of adversity.   The International Islamic Relief Organization, Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) is a charity organization emanating from the Muslim World League (MWL) and functions internationally. It was founded following a decision adopted at the 20th session of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League in the year 1398H (1978), and a royal approval in 1399H (1979).   The vision of IIROSA is to be a humanitarian and charity authoritative source, donors’ first choice, and to care for endowment and professional investment to implement its projects and programs of society development, via qualified human resources and strategic alliances.   Source...

Muslim Welfare Centre: Inuvik’s Muslim community opens Arctic Food Bank | Balanced News

The Arctic Food Bank was announced in September of 2014. Located behind the Midnight Sun Mosque, its shelves are stocked with food from the Muslim Welfare Centre, a charity organization based in Toronto. Muhammed Ali, the centre’s vice president, says that people have been asking why his organization decided to help establish a food bank so far from Toronto. “I say, ‘Why not?’ if there is a need,” he says. “This is Canada. We are going out of the country, we go thousands and thousands of kilometres to the other countries of the world to help. Why not help the people here first?” Ali, who will be at Inuvik’s Midnight Sun mosque today for the food bank’s official opening, says that the centre is already stocked with pantry items like flour, rice, soup, and canned tuna, but that they aspire to provide more local fare to community elders soon. “We will be working with the local hunters here, and with the fishing communities, to provide us the fish and caribou meet, reindeer meat, or whatever the local meats are,” he says. The Arctic Food Bank is the second in Inuvik, following the volunteer run Inuvik Food Bank. The official opening was at 2:00 p.m. local time Friday afternoon. Source: Muslim Welfare Centre: Inuvik’s Muslim community opens Arctic Food Bank | Balanced...

BNP candidate Reverend Robert West told pupils Muslims ‘worship devil’

Reverend Robert West, seen here campaigning for the BNP in 2010, denied the allegations against him A teacher standing as a British National Party (BNP) candidate told pupils “Muslims worship the devil”, a disciplinary panel has heard. Reverend Robert West, 59, who is the party’s parliamentary candidate for Boston and Skegness, made the comments during a history lesson. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said his conduct fell short of the profession’s standards. A BNP spokesman said the party would comment once sanctions are decided. Mr West has no connection to the Church of England. In 2006, he set up his own church, based in a house in Holbeach, to preach “traditional bible beliefs”. He said the comments had been made in the context of a lesson about the Crusades, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. ‘Worshipping the devil’ The NCTL panel found he made inappropriate comments to students while working as a supply teacher at Walton Girls High School, Grantham, on 8 November 2013. He stated that he was “allergic to Mohammedans” and when asked by a year 12 pupil whether there was there anything wrong with being a Muslim he said “yes, because we are fighting them”, the panel said. During another lesson on 14 November 2013, the hearing was told he said “any non-Christian god is demonic” and “Muslims worship the devil”. It was also claimed he said: “Well there is one God, and if you are not worshipping him, then you are worshipping the devil”. Mr West told the BBC he did make the comments but was trying to show pupils differing...

Tackle tabloid ‘hate speech’, UN commissioner urges UK

A petition calling for Katie Hopkins to be sacked has received more than 280,000 signatures UK authorities have been urged to tackle “anti-foreigner abuse” in the British press after a Sun column referred to migrants as “cockroaches”. UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said the comments by Katie Hopkins were similar to language used before the Rwandan genocide. Mr Hussein said the UK needed to take steps to curb the “incitement to hatred” caused by British newspapers. News Corporation, which owns The Sun, has declined to comment. Writing on Friday, Ms Hopkins did not apologise but said the episode had been “a cautionary tale”. A petition calling for her to be fired from The Sun has received more than 280,000 signatures. ‘Vicious verbal assault’ In her column on 17 April Ms Hopkins likened migrants to “norovirus on a cruise ship” and said gunships should be used to stop people crossing the Mediterranean. More than 1,700 migrants are believed to have died so far this year attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Ms Hopkins’ column was published before a fishing boat capsized off Libya, killing at least 750 people. Mr Hussein said the article was “one of the more extreme examples of thousands of anti-foreigner articles that have appeared in UK tabloids over the past two decades”. Mr Zeid called on all European countries to take a “firmer line” on racism and xenophobia “This vicious verbal assault on migrants and asylum seekers in the UK tabloid press has continued unchallenged under the law for far too long,” he said. “I am an unswerving advocate of freedom of expression, which is guaranteed...

New York buses set to display controversial anti-Muslim ‘killing Jews’ advert

A New York judge has ruled the city’s buses will be allowed to display a controversial anti-Islam advert despite claims it could incite terrorism and violence. The advert shows a threatening man with his face covered alongside the text “Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah”, a quote from an online video posted by Palestinian militant group Hamas. Below this text, the advert reads “That’s his jihad. What’s yours?” The advert is paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which is listed as an anti-Muslim group by civil rights watchdog, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Another pro-Israel advert from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which was rolled out across New York’s public transportation system in 2012The advert has already been displayed on public transport in Chicago and San Francisco, and is set to appear on buses in Philadelphia after another court battle there. The AFDI was set up by conservative activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who were banned from entering the UK to speak at an English Defence League rally in 2013 after Home Secretary Theresa May said their visit would not be “conducive to the public good”. the group describes itself as opposing “treason” by the government and media, “Islamic supremacism” and “the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.” The MTA opposed the adverts, claiming they could incite violence or even terrorism. They also cited their 1997 decision to change advertising guidelines, prohibiting adverts that demean individuals or groups of people based on their race and religion. But yesterday, District Judge John Koeltl rejected their claims,...

Delivering Aid for Displaced Iraqis

  Muslim Aid in Samarra Following recent clashes between government forces and militants in Iraq, thousands of people have become displaced after fleeing their homes. Working in partnership with UNHCR, Muslim Aid Iraq was the first to respond to this humanitarian situation, coming to the aid of thousands of internally displaced Iraqis. Working in Samarra, Salah al din province, Muslim Aid has distributed packs of essential items, including 3,000 blankets, 3,000 mattresses and hundreds of cooking implements, hygiene packs and jerrycans for water and fuel. These relief packs have been given to over 3,500 people, many of whom have found themselves living in abandoned buildings, schools, mosques, trucks and tents following the surge in violence earlier this month. As the conflict in this region of Iraq continues, it is expected that many more will be in need of aid, with people continuing to find refuge in Samarra and its...