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ALLEGED TERROR LEADER WITH TRINIDAD AND GUYANA CONNECTIONS REPORTED KILLED

Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah the son of the late Guyana born Islamic scholar Shaykh Gulshair Shukrijumah has been killed in Pakistan, the country's military says.

Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed in a raid in north-western Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the military said. Born in Saudi Arabia, Shukrijumah moved to Guyana, then to Trinidad and subsequently to the US when his father, took up teaching posts in these countries. They later moved to Florida.  Shaykh Gulshair was widely respected amongst the traditional Muslim community in his native Guyana and during his tenure in Trinidad.  He moved to Saudi Arabia to improve his Arabic and and study Islam.  Upon completion of his studies Shaykh Gulshair returned to his home region to support the religious needs of his compatriots.  He then moved to the USA to provide similar services.  

It is reported that in the late 1990s, Adnan was radicalized and became convinced that he had to participate in jihad in place like Chechnya, and left for training camps in Afghanistan.  Shaykh Shukrijumah died in Florida in 2004 allegedly as a result of a stroke brought on by his son's turn to violent extremism.

Adnan was named in a US federal indictment as a conspirator in the case against three men accused of plotting suicide bomb attacks on New York's subway system in 2009. He is also suspected of having played a role in plotting al-Qaeda attacks in Panama, Norway and the UK.

The US offered a $5m reward for his capture.

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BARBADIANS OF INDIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATE THEIR ANCESTRAL CONTRIBUTION TO BUILDING THE NATION

To mark Barbados’ 48th year of Independence and in recognition of Parliament’s 375th anniversary, members of this country’s East Indian community have presented Parliament with a framed photograph of the original presentation of the Speaker’s Chair.

The Speaker’s Chair, which was presented shortly after Barbados attained Independence, was a gift from the Indian Government to mark that occasion.


Bajans of Indian origin presenting a framed photograph of the original presentation of the Speaker’s chair to current Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington (right)
The presentation, which took place this afternoon in the Committee Room at Parliament, was attended by Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington, as well as several members of the Barbados Muslim Association, including one of the surviving persons in the photograph, Mohammed Patel.

Author Sabir Nakhuda, who recorded the event in the book Bengal to Barbados – A 100 Year History of East Indians in Barbados, noted that the East Indian Community acknowledged the efforts of Parliament to document and record its history so that future generations of Barbadians and visitors could appreciate the very critical role this important institution has played in the development of Barbados.

In thanking members of the East Indian community for the gift, Mr. Carrington said he was “extremely appreciative” of the gesture, and pointed out that this occasion was special for a number of reasons.

He said: “This kind gesture highlights the cooperation and generosity which exists between members of the Commonwealth, and I am also aware that there are third and fourth generations of the East Indian community here. I do hope that this book helps to create a better understanding of each other and aids in bridging the gap.”
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More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

Even translated into English, the letter will still sound alien to most Americans, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, who released it in Washington with 10 other American Muslim religious and civil rights leaders.

“The letter is written in Arabic. It is using heavy classical religious texts and classical religious scholars that ISIS has used to mobilize young people to join its forces,” said Awad, using one of the acronyms for the group. “This letter is not meant for a liberal audience.”

Even mainstream Muslims, he said, may find it difficult to understand.

Awad said its aim is to offer a comprehensive Islamic refutation, “point-by-point,” to the philosophy of the Islamic State and the violence it has perpetrated. The letter’s authors include well-known religious and scholarly figures in the Muslim world, including Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine.

A translated 24-point summary of the letter includes the following: “It is forbidden in Islam to torture”; “It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God”; and “It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslims until he (or she) openly declares disbelief.”

This is not the first time Muslim leaders have joined to condemn the Islamic State. The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, for example, last week told the nation’s Muslims that they should speak out against the “terrorist and murderers” who fight for the Islamic State and who have dragged Islam “through the mud.”

But the Muslim leaders who endorsed Wednesday’s letter called it an unprecedented refutation of the Islamic State ideology from a collaboration of religious scholars. It is addressed to the group’s self-anointed leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and “the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State.’”

But the words “Islamic State” are in quotes, and the Muslim leaders who released the letter asked people to stop using the term, arguing that it plays into the group’s unfounded logic that it is protecting Muslim lands from non-Muslims and is resurrecting the caliphate — a state governed by a Muslim leader that once controlled vast swaths of the Middle East.


One of the persons who have had a lasting impact on Muslim praxis in the Caribbean especially Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname is Maulana Ansari. Here we present a biographical sketch.   Dr Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari (ra) was an outstanding theologian & philosopher of the Muslim World. His broad knowledge of the modern sciences together with his Islamic learning and insight enabled him to expound on Islam in a manner that was inspiring to both the masses and the intellectual elite.
 

An Address delivered by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the Caricom Reparations Commission, House of Commons, Parliament of Great Britain, Thursday, July 16, 2014.

I speak this evening, in this honourable chamber of the House of Commons, as Chairman of the Caricom Commission on Reparations.

My colleagues of the Commission are tasked with the preparation and presentation of the evidentiary basis for a contemporary truth: that the Government of Great Britain, and other European states that were the beneficiaries of enrichment from the enslavement of African peoples, the genocide of indigenous communities, and the deceptive breach of contract and trust in respect of Indians and other Asians brought to the plantations under indenture, have a case to answer in respect of reparatory justice.

The case of genocide is not only in respect of our decimated native community. It is also important to recognize the genocidal aspect of chattel slavery in the Caribbean.

British slave ships brought 5.5 million enslaved Africans into their Caribbean colonies over 180 years. When slavery was abolished in 1838 they were just 800,000 persons remaining. That is, a retention/survival rate of 15%. The regime of enslavement was crafted by policies and attitudes that were clearly genocidal.
Jamaica received 1.5 million Africans. Only 300,000 remained at Emancipation (20%).
Barbados received 600,000 Africans. Only 83,000 remained at Emancipation (14%).


The Shuttered Bug

When she was 12, she got her first camcorder and discovered a world waiting to be recorded. Soon, everyone in the family expected her to be the one taking pictures, recording their gatherings. She edited her first home film then too, and has even done music videos with her cousins.

For Maryam Mohamed, filming has been a passion for exactly half her life—she’s 24—so when she finished her BSc in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, she was thrilled to begin a double major in the Faculty of Humanities at The UWI; a BA in Film Studies and Film Production.

For her dedication and application to her studies—she sounds like a model student—she was given the bpTT Student Award at the just concluded Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, a prize she is careful to point out is not for her short film, “If I could Fly,” but for her “studentship.”

“A group of students from UWI film programme was nominated for the award (based on our GPA) then we had to write an essay stating why they should select us to go to the International Rotterdam Film festival and how will this benefit us personally and professionally. The award is sponsored by bpTT and it’s an all-expense paid trip to Holland for the film festival,” she explains.


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