Posts Tagged ‘Muslims’

Denial of bank accounts to Muslims

July 28, 2015

Banks are a necessary evil.

Imagine then one day, you or the organisation you work for or belong to gets a letter saying your bank account will be closed forthwith. You are given no explanation, no right of appeal. This is what has happened to many Muslims and Muslim organisations, including the Finsbury Park Mosque, who have received identical letters from HSBC.

HSBC, the bank that money launders for Mexican drug cartels and terrorists, that aids tax evasion, where as yet not a single banker has been handed a prison sentence, has been sending identical letters to Muslims saying their bank accounts will be closed.

Peter Oborne was Chief Political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. When the paper refused to publish an article he had written which was critical of HSBC, when he noticed they were not covering the money laundering and other scandals relating to HSBC, he resigned.

Daily Telegraph takes advertising from HSBC. Barclay Brothers, who own the Daily Telegraph, borrow huge sums from HSBC.

Now working as a frelance jouranalits, Peter Oborne decided to dig a little deeper. What he found is shocking.

World-Check a shadowy organisation, something out of a James Bond movie, compiles data on people. If they mark you down as a terrorist, you are likely to be denied a bank account.

Note: Without seeking you permission, World-Check will put a cookie on your computer to monitor you. Access their website they arrogantly deems granting permission to spy on you.

And how does this shadowy organisation decide you are a terrorist? Er blogs, Wikipedia, UAE says so. This is what World-Check regard as high grade intelligence. Oh, and media articles.

It is well documented Wikipedia an unreliable source of information, as accurate as the last troll to have edited an entry.

UAE, like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, is ruled by a corrupt elite, where human rights abuses are the norm. Oppose any of these terrorist states, and you will be listed as a terrorist.

Turkey is using ISIS as a cover to bomb Kurds in Iraq. Turkey calls them terrorists.

Israel bombs Palestine, calls Palestinians terrorists.

This means, UAE a Pariah State, or other Pariah States such as Israel, can list you as a terrorist, in turn be listed by a shadowy unaccountable organisation befitting a Bond movie, and you are denied a British bank account.

Who next to be targeted, bank accounts to be closed, activists? We have already seen terrorism legislation used against activists.

Caroline Lucas and Jeremy Corbyn need to be tabling questions in the House of Commons.

We need to be making better use of cryptocurrencies such as FairCoin, P2P money transfers, and crowd sourcing to make ourselves independent of banks. And to return to using cash.

Muslims and Christians working together

February 14, 2011

The Quran does not simply preach tolerance of other religions, it also acknowledges that salvation can be achieved in all monotheist religions. Freedom of choice, especially in matters of faith, is a cornerstone of quranic values. — Benazir Bhutto

Tyrants and peddlers of hate always try to divide people, divide and conquer. But when people work together even tyrants can be defeated.

Hosni Mubarak has gone!
Egypt in revolt

In the New Year we saw a Coptic Church In Egypt attacked. Last year we saw a Catholic Church in Iraq attacked. I was with Canon Andrew White a few days after the attack and he spoke of his pain at seeing his friend the priest lying in a pool of blood.

Coptic Christians in Egypt
Dinner with Canon Andrew White

But when people work together there is hope.

Muslims guarded the Coptic Churches in Egypt. When the brothers and sisters took to the streets of Egypt, flooded into Tahrir Square, they worked together, Muslim and Christian embraced on the streets. The Christians guarded the Mosques during Friday prayers. The Christians linked arms and formed a protective circle around the Muslims when they prayed in the street.

When the Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs attacked the peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square Wednesday and Thursday two weeks ago, it was the Muslim Brotherhood who mobilised their supporters on the Friday and secured the square.

In St George’s in Baghdad before Christmas, a Shia cleric was invited by Canon Andrew White to address the congregation. The congregation is not only Christians of all denominations, it includes Muslims too.

Last month Canon Andrew White brought together Shia and Sunni religious leaders and they issued a fatwa condemning violence against Christians.

Copenhagen fatwa

The Koran teaches tolerance and that followers respect other religions. People are given a choice, all are created equal in the eyes of God. Those who try to impose or coerce are unIslamic. The Koran sanctifies those who believe in the one true God but it does not deny other religions as the route to slavation, does not say Islam is the only route. [see Reconciliation]

Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

What better message of hope and love can we give on St Valentine’s Day!

More tragic news from Iraq

November 15, 2010

In the past hour the legs of our security chief have been blown off, Minister wijdan’s driver has been killed, her chief of staff has been blown up. Letters have been put through many Christians doors telling them to leave now because it is not their country and we thought things were better today. — Canon Andrew White

More tragic news of Iraq, sent to me today by Canon Andrew White (aka Vicar of Baghdad).

I ask myself why the deafening silence from the Church in England? What have those who attended the dinner a couple of weeks ago done with the knowledge of Iraq they learnt that night? The only reason Canon Andrew White delayed his return to Iraq following the massacre at the Catholic Church. He told me of the pain he felt when he saw the pictures of the body of his friend the priest lying in a pool of blood, his desire to return immediately to Iraq, but no, said his people in Iraq, talk to the people in Guildford first, tell them what is happening, then return the next day. [see Dinner with Canon Andrew White]

What of the Evangelists who were kind enough to host the dinner? Has it passed them by? Have they gone back to arguing fine details of doctrine, illustrating if nothing else the lack of understanding of the origin and history of their own faith, the medieval equivalence of arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

And speaking of angels, the armed guard that accompanies Canon Andrew White will not even set off until he has said a prayer and summoned a host of angels to protect them en route.

Christianity is not an alien religion imposed on the Middle East, despite the crude attempts of American Evangelists to convince otherwise, who think they earn a few brownie points converting a few Muslims, conveniently overlooking the fact that they all recognise the same God, a fact recognised in the Koran.

Christianity was established in the Middle East long before it was established in Europe, long before the Muslim hordes swept out of Arabia to become the dominant religion, aided and abetted by Christians who were busy slaughtering each other.

Muslims who wish to drive out Christians are bad Muslims as they are not acting in accordance with the Koran.

Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

The Koran specifically sanctifies those who believe in the one true God and lead a good and virtuous life, it does not though state Islam is the only one route to salvation. Islam believes in religious choice and freedom, practising Islam out of force not choice is unIslamic. The Koran clearly states: ‘There is no compulsion in religion.’ Pluralism and tolerance is encouraged. All God’s creatures are equal in the eyes of God.

If Allah had pleased He would have made you [all] a single people, but that He might try you in what He gave you, therefore strive with one another to hasten to virtuous deeds.

The Golden Age of Islam was 750-1100 AD. It was centred in Iraq. Scholars strived with one another to advance their knowledge, to do good deeds, they did so in the name of their faith. [see The Role of Science and Faith in the Development of Civilisations]

One man of faith, Canon Andrew White, is striving with other men of faith, to bring peace and reconciliation to a country that has descended into Hell. He could do with a little help.

Religion can be a force for good or evil. When religion goes wrong, it goes very wrong.

Also see

Reconciliation

Iraq

Though the fig tree does not bud

The children of Iraq have names

Bethlehem Hidden from View

Overnight more Christians killed in Iraq

Tragic plight of Christians in Iraq

The plight of Iraqi Christians

End of Christianity in the Middle East?

Muslims converting to Christianity