Bashar bombs Syrians
USA bombs Syrians
France bombs Syrians
Russia bombs Syrians
And now UK will also bomb Syrians

The Messenger of Allah (saw), said, ‘Imminently, there will come a time when the nations gather against you, just as people gather around a feast.’ A man said, ‘Will it be because we are few at that time, O Allah’s Messenger?’ He responded, ‘No, you will be numerous in those times, but you will be as useless as the scum of the sea, and Allah will remove the fear that your enemies used to posses from you from their chests, and He will place al-Wahn in your hearts’, it was said, ‘What is al-Wahn?’, he responded, ‘Love of life, and hatred of death.’” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud]


Putting a price on slavery & colonialism – Jason Hickel

Colonialism is one of those things you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company – at least not north of the Mediterranean. Most people feel uncomfortable about it, and would rather pretend it didn’t happen.

In fact, that appears to be the official position. In the mainstream narrative of international development peddled by institutions from the World Bank to the UK’s Department of International Development, the history of colonialism is routinely erased. According to the official story, developing countries are poor because of their own internal problems, while western countries are rich because they worked hard, and upheld the right values and policies. And because the west happens to be further ahead, its countries generously reach out across the chasm to give “aid” to the rest – just a little something to help them along.

If colonialism is ever acknowledged, it’s to say that it was not a crime, but rather a benefit to the colonised – a leg up the development ladder.

But the historical record tells a very different story, and that opens up difficult questions about another topic that Europeans prefer to avoid: reparations. No matter how much they try, however, this topic resurfaces over and over again. Recently, after a debate at the Oxford Union, Indian MP Shashi Tharoor’s powerful case for reparations went viral, attracting more than 3 million views on YouTube. Clearly the issue is hitting a nerve.

The reparations debate is threatening because it completely upends the usual narrative of development. It suggests that poverty in the global south is not a natural phenomenon, but has been actively created. And it casts western countries in the role not of benefactors, but of plunderers.

When it comes to the colonial legacy, some of the facts are almost too shocking to comprehend. When Europeans arrived in what is now Latin America in 1492, the region may have been inhabited by between 50 million and 100 million indigenous people. By the mid 1600s, their population was slashed to about 3.5 million. The vast majority succumbed to foreign disease and many were slaughtered, died of slavery or starved to death after being kicked off their land. It was like the holocaust seven times over.

What were the Europeans after? Silver was a big part of it. Between 1503 and 1660, 16m kilograms of silver were shipped to Europe, amounting to three times the total European reserves of the metal. By the early 1800s, a total of 100m kg of silver had been drained from the veins of Latin America and pumped into the European economy, providing much of the capital for the industrial revolution. To get a sense for the scale of this wealth, consider this thought experiment: if 100m kg of silver was invested in 1800 at 5% interest – the historical average – it would amount to £110trn ($165trn) today. An unimaginable sum.

Europeans slaked their need for labour in the colonies – in the mines and on the plantations – not only by enslaving indigenous Americans but also by shipping slaves across the Atlantic from Africa. Up to 15 million of them. In the North American colonies alone, Europeans extracted an estimated 222,505,049 hours of forced labour from African slaves between 1619 and 1865. Valued at the US minimum wage, with a modest rate of interest, that’s worth $97trn – more than the entire global GDP.

Right now, 14 Caribbean nations are in the process of suing Britain for slavery reparations. They point out that when Britain abolished slavery in 1834 it compensated not the slaves but rather the owners of slaves, to the tune of £20m, the equivalent of £200bn today. Perhaps they will demand reparations equivalent to this figure, but it is conservative: it reflects only the price of the slaves, and tells us nothing of the total value they produced during their lifetimes, nor of the trauma they endured, nor of the hundreds of thousands of slaves who worked and died during the centuries before 1834.

These numbers tell only a small part of the story, but they do help us imagine the scale of the value that flowed from the Americas and Africa into European coffers after 1492.

Then there is India. When the British seized control of India, they completely reorganised the agricultural system, destroying traditional subsistence practices to make way for cash crops for export to Europe. As a result of British interventions, up to 29 million Indians died of famine during the last few decades of the 19th century in what historian Mike Davis calls the “late Victorian holocaust”. Laid head to foot, their corpses would stretch the length of England 85 times over. And this happened while India was exporting an unprecedented amount of food, up to 10m tonnes per year.

British colonisers also set out to transform India into a captive market for British goods. To do that, they had to destroy India’s impressive indigenous industries. Before the British arrived, India commanded 27% of the world economy, according to economist Angus Maddison. By the time they left, India’s share had been cut to just 3%. The same thing happened to China. After the Opium Wars, when Britain invaded China and forced open its borders to British goods on unequal terms, China’s share of the world economy dwindled from 35% to an all-time low of 7%.

Meanwhile, Europeans increased their share of global GDP from 20% to 60% during the colonial period. Europe didn’t develop the colonies. The colonies developed Europe.

And we haven’t even begun to touch the scramble for Africa. In the Congo, to cite just one brief example, as historian Adam Hochschild recounts in his haunting book King Leopold’s Ghost, Belgium’s lust for ivory and rubber killed some 10 million Congolese – roughly half the country’s population. The wealth gleaned from that plunder was siphoned back to Belgium to fund beautiful stately architecture and impressive public works, including arches and parks and railway stations – all the markers of development that adorn Brussels today, the bejewelled headquarters of the European Union.

We could go on. It is tempting to see this as just a list of crimes, but it is much more than that. These snippets hint at the contours of a world economic system that was designed over hundreds of years to enrich a small portion of humanity at the expense of the vast majority.

This history makes the narrative of international development seem a bit absurd, and even outright false. Frankie Boyle got it right: “Even our charity is essentially patronising. Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Give him a fishing rod and he can feed himself. Alternatively, don’t poison the fishing waters, abduct his great-grandparents into slavery, then turn up 400 years later on your gap year talking a lot of shite about fish.”

We can’t put a price on the suffering wrought by colonialism. And there is not enough money in the world to compensate for the damage it inflicted. We can, however, stop talking about charity, and instead acknowledge the debt that the west owes to the rest of the world. Even more importantly, we can work to quash the colonial instinct whenever it rears its ugly head, as it is doing right now in the form of land grabsillicit financial extraction, and unfair trade deals.

Shashi Tharoor argued for a reparations payment of only £1 – a token acknowledgement of historical fact. That might not do much to assuage the continued suffering of those whose countries have been ravaged by the colonial encounter. But at least it would set the story straight, and put us on a path towards rebalancing the global economy.





I have complained to The Sun, you can read my [Complaint BELOW] and also the link to complain. Please use your voice!

I have created a shortened link to share if you need. It is

“Front page the sun, 23rd November. ‘1 in 5 Muslims sympathise with jihadis’

This was a clear breach of article 1 of the editors code:

” The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information”

1: The poll you commissioned did not mention the word ‘jihadi’.
(a) This term itself is misleading and inaccurate it has no real lexical meaning and is a term coined by journalists. It has no dictionary definition, ‘jihad’ is an Arabic word meaning to ‘struggle’ in all forms, including spiritual.
(b) this is inaccurate, misleading and distorted because the participants did not chose this option the results have been manipulated.

2: The poll you used asked if they were sympathetic to fighters in Syria
(a) there are many people travelling to Syria to fight AGAINST ISIS.(including British non Muslims whom you have glorified in your paper in the past.
(b)there are groups in Syria fighting which are supported by the UK government. Would you class these as ‘jihadi’
(c) this is misleading as the headline will lead readers to believe it is only sympathetic to ISIS not those fighting them nor the civilians caught up in the tragedy.

Your post reeks if targeted discrimination against the Muslim community using the backdrop of the Paris attacks to push this agenda. This is irresponsible journalism which will result in further hate crimes against Muslims.”


My son is studying a consultancy project as part of his degree and his client (Manchester city council) have asked him to try and find out more about existing opinions on recycling before launching a campaign to promote recycling across Greater Manchester. If you have time please can help out by completing his 30 second survey at the following link:-

He is also being measured on ‘click count’ so please select the link below:-

Thank You.


🔊 The attacks in Paris have nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with Western Foreign Policy

▪️ISIS have used Western foreign policy to justify their actions. They claimed that because Western powers are killing civilians in Iraq and Syria then they too can kill civilians in Paris and other western capitals.

▪️Obviously this doesn’t justify the unjust killings in Paris but the media consistently push Muslims into inadvertently arguing that Isis have done this in “Islam’s name”. And therefore we have to denounce it to “clear the name of Islam”. We don’t have to defend Islam nor attempt to apologise or condemn them so that we can demonstrate their interpretation of Islam is wrong.

▪️Not because we are condoning their actions but simply because their reasoning is built on reciprocity of the west not of Islam.

ℹ️ That was the same reasoning that Britain and Germany began targeting civilian cities with indiscriminate bombings of those cities in ww2.

ℹ️ Similarly that was the same argument america and Soviet Union used in order to justify targeting equivalent cities with nuclear strikes in the onset of nuclear war.

❗️Clearly there’s an attempt to decontextualise and whitewash their reasoning in order to tarnish all Muslims and push us into a corner of constant apology. As though targeting civilians is something unique to Muslims and motivated by Islam. Firstly it’s not and secondly Isis are using the same logic as the west.

🔉So brothers and sisters if u are invited in the media don’t play the apologetic argument that they’ve misinterpreted Islam, as the attacks in Paris have nothing to do Islam but everything to do with a hegemonic Western Foreign Policy.


In the wake of horrific recent carnage, a short balanced article which puts all these events in their true perspective without the conspiratorial slant… read it & know what’s going on! – from Farakh Rafique (Bradford)

We are witnessing extraordinary times!

May Allah protect us all.

I went to a talk “Trade vs Riba: how to make halal money” recently. The speaker has started a 100% interest free system. Check thus website for info is a platform helping people reach simple agreements to buy things now and pay later free from the inherent injustices of interest charges.

f you have money to spare you can help others in need or if you want something use this site. He is a web developer too and made this site.

Usury and interest charges punish the poor, for being poor, by making them poorer.

Interest charges and usury are forms of punishing debtors by demanding compensation from them without the need to prove either fault or damage.

Interest charges are legally not a trade but are in fact compensation demanded by the creditor from a debtor for having failed to pay a debt which legally is already due.

Contact:  – Brother Lamaan Ball


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For those retuning to workplaces, universities etc tomorrow a few points to note. Please take as advice if you feel appropriate.

Remember you are part of the Ummah of Mohammad (saw). You are part of a dignified people who have 1400 years of dignity and honour. You have nothing to be ashamed or sorry about.

We must remember that it is an emotive time for Muslims and non-Muslims, and therefore we need to be sensitive and use appropriate language when discussing this issue. We must understand how they must view Muslims at times like these and not play into that stereotype.

1) There is no justification for the killing of innocents whether that be in Paris, Baghdad or Kabul. By ISIS or unmanned drones. Islam holds the protection of all human life as one of its highest goals. We should all feel sympathy for all those innocent people who die no matter whether this takes place in the west or the rest of the world.

2) The acts in Paris are a political fallout from years of colonial interference in the Muslim lands. From years of direct colonialism to the recent wars in Iraq and other countries this has resulted in destruction and terror, and power vacuums for groups like ISIS to fill. In fact France, prior to the attacks, have been bombing various targets in Iraq and Syria. This doesn’t justify the brutal murders in Paris but does help to explain the context and causes behind these attacks.

3) ISIS have usurped the idea of the Khilafah ( caliphate ) theirs is an illegitimate state . However the idea of a caliphate is part of Islamic history and many Muslims desire for its return in the Muslim world. They see this as an alternative to the corrupt and often western backed dictators of the region. A state that included both Muslims and non Muslims that brought about justice, stability, peace and the rule of law.

4) We must educate ourselves on complexities of the current political reality which is sometimes brushed over or ignored by both mainstream media and politicians.

5) Sadly what we see is sometimes a purposeful attempt to decontextualise the political reality behind these acts of violence in order to manipulate public opinion to justify further aggressive actions by western states. This doesn’t solve the problem but only exacerbates the feelings of anger and hatred that leads to a tiny ignorant minority to undertake these unislamic and brutal acts.

6) It is upto all people to not only speak out against brutal acts of violence against innocent people in Paris or other western capitals, but also condemn various states’ foreign policy that creates instability and anger which contributes towards the causes behind these criminal unislamic acts. Again aggressive western foreign policy cannot be used to justify Paris attacks.

7) Those who hate Islam and insult Islam should be dealt with in a calm manner. An intellectual response is the most powerful weapon. However if they become aggressive in their speech the best response is to ignore their aggression and not to react to them.

Finally we should not be afraid of discussing any issues with non Muslims, if we don’t know how to answer questions learn or ask someone .

May Allah keep us strong and may this message do some good inshallah

Source: S AbuLaith (Telegram Group)


1. Attacking innocent civilians whether in Paris, London, Gaza or Syria etc is completely unjustified and unislamic.

2. As of yet we don’t know who did the attacks and for what reason. Remember Anders Breivik, a Christian Norwegian rightwing nationalist, bombed and killed over 70 people mostly children. But sadly we can see many people including the media quickly jumping to conclusions as to who did it and why. We will see analysts and “experts” discuss the issue without any knowledge who will implicitly pin the blame on Islam and Muslims.

3. IF blamed on individual Muslims then such attacks will be used by western govts to deflect blame from their foreign and domestic policy towards the problem being inherent within Islam and the Muslim community. Hence they’ll claim that Islam needs to change and Muslims must do more because they are “collectively culpable” in these attacks even though Muslims are unaware of who perpetrated and do not in anyway condone and support these attacks.

4. This will radicalise the wider non Muslim community who will then increase their attacks against Islam and Muslims particularly the most vulnerable members like lone travelling Muslim sisters or elderly Muslims.

5. This will also be used to further justify an aggressive foreign policy which will only exacerbate the anger and hate that creates the problem in the first place. This is due to the fact that further bombings and killings of civilian populations in Muslim lands will forment further anger.

6. Further laws will be implemented to monitor mosques, Madrassas and the wider Muslim community. This completely misses the problem which isn’t born out of the mosques or the Muslim community. Just like Anders breivik wasn’t born out of problems stemming from Sunday schools and singing hymns at church.

7. Muslims will be told to apologise and condemn as though they are guilty and culpable unless they’ve made it clear they don’t support such criminal unislamic actions. Muslims will be told they “need to do more” to stop these attacks. No we didn’t do this nor should we be blamed for the criminal actions of others. Nor should we be asked to apologise or questioned whether we agree or not with it. Such questions are offensive as they imply we somehow quietly acquiesce to such heinous crimes.

8. At difficult times like these holding onto Islam can become difficult. But we need to maintain our confidence on the deen and express that confidence to others. Remember we don’t have anything to apologise for and our deen cannot be accused of any such crimes.

9. In fact western liberalism with its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which has killed hundreds of thousands, and the wests unfailing support for some of the worst kind of dictators like sisi, should stand accused of establishing a system not fit to protect the innocent.

10. Finally we pray to Allah swt that the Haqq stands clear from the baatil, that Allah swt provides patience and perseverance to hold onto and present the deen without compromise and to protect the innocent. We also pray that Allah swt returns the true khilafah rashida that will be a shade of true justice and an example of what Islam offers. Ameen.

Ps as advise to myself and others be sensible in your response on social media and sensitive to the current reality and not allow certain ppl to twist your words


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