Muslims Plan “Parallel Parliament” In Switzerland
by Soeren Kern
February 22, 2012 at 5:00 am
A growing immigrant population determined to avoid assimilation.
Leading Islamic groups in Switzerland are seeking to establish a single national representative body that will enable all of the country’s Muslims to “speak with one voice.”
The organizers say their new “parliament” will be called “Umma Schweiz” and be based on the principles of Islamic Sharia law. The headquarters of the organization will be located in Basel with “representatives” in all 26 cantons (or “states”) of Switzerland. The first “test vote” of Umma Schweiz will be held in the fall of 2012; the group will be fully functional in 2013.
Ummah, an Arabic word that means “nation,” refers to the entire Muslim community throughout the world. In recent years, Muslims have stepped up efforts to unify the globally fragmented ummah in an effort to revive an Islamic Caliphate or empire. Many Muslim scholars view the political unification of the ummah as a prerequisite to the consolidation of global Muslim power and the subsequent establishment of an Islamic world order.
Swiss analysts say the initiative is an effort to establish a “parallel” legislative body in Switzerland that will be a mouthpiece for Islamic fundamentalists who are seeking to impose Sharia law on the country, according to an exposé published by the newspaper Basler Zeitung.
Muslim Admits to Attacking Atheist; Muslim Judge Dismisses Case
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By Al Stefanelli
The Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists, Inc., Mr. Ernest Perce V., was assaulted by a Muslim while participating in a Halloween parade. Along with a Zombie Pope, Ernest was costumed as Zombie Muhammad. The assault was caught on video, the Muslim man admitted to his crime and charges were filed in what should have been an open-and-shut case. That’s not what happened, though.
The defendant is an immigrant and claims he did not know his actions were illegal, or that it was legal in this country to represent Muhammad in any form. To add insult to injury, he also testified that his 9 year old son was present, and the man said he felt he needed to show his young son that he was willing to fight for his Prophet.
The case went to trial, and as circumstances would dictate, Judge Mark Martin is also a Muslim. What transpired next was surreal. The Judge not only ruled in favor of the defendant, but called Mr. Perce a name and told him that if he were in a Muslim country, he’d be put to death. Judge Martin’s comments included,
Meet Akber Choudhry.
Choudhry is a former Ahmadi, who left the movement in order to become a counter-Ahmadi spokesperson, working with Khatam-e-Nabuwwat, based in Forest Gate in East London.
Channel 4 confronted Khatam-e-Nabuwwat in 2010, identifying them as extremists, following an anti-Ahmadi hate campaign. Channel 4 carries an interview with Akber Choudhry at the end of the clip, asking him questions about the anti-Ahmadi literature that Khatam-e-Nabuwwat allegedly distributed in South London.
Choudhry has appeared on Iqra TV and Al Jazeera as a polemicist against the claims of the Ahmadiyyas. He tends to dismiss Ahmadi concerns about their persecution and lack of voting rights, combining this with his theological opposition to Ahmadis claiming to be genuine Muslims.
According to Choudhry’s blog, regarding Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, he believes there should be “review, and not wholesale abolition, of these laws”. He describes Aasia Bibi as “the illiterate Christian woman convicted of blasphemy”.
Choudhry’s Khatm-e-Nabuwwat organisation has played a major role in the persecution of Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman who faces the death penalty for drinking from a well designated for Muslims only, in Pakistan.
Late last month, the Express Tribune reported that Bibi’s accuser, Qari Salam, was feeling guilty about her, but was “convinced” not to drop charges, by Khatm-e-Nabuwat:
Qari, according to some of his close friends, was now thinking of not pursuing the case anymore and expressed his desire to some of his friends, only to find himself in a difficult situation when activists of a religious organisation ‘convinced’ him not to change his mind.
“We will chase her through hell … don’t worry about the money, hiring best lawyers,” Salam told The Express Tribune, quoting the son of Khatm-e-Nabuwat’s London chapter’s leader.
The leader’s son flew in to Nankana from London after hearing that Salam might not go to Lahore High Court (LHC) when the review petition against Aasia’s conviction is taken up.
Salam himself, however, denied he ever thought of backtracking from his stance.
“How can I change my mind,” he said. “I believe it will bring me a better place in heaven. It gives me pleasure, it is my pride,” Salam told The Express Tribune.
Salam said Khatm-e-Nabuwat had hired Mustafa Chaudhry as counsel to fight his case in the higher court, and were ready to go to an extent to seek death for Aasia.
In response, the admin of Akber Choudhry’s blog on Muslim Identity – quite possibly Akber Choudhry himself – set up an “Express Tribune Watch” page, explaining:
Partisan Qadianis plant stories in such newspapers — the ET in Pakistan and the Newsquest chain in the U.K. and then pick up these lies to further their agenda.
[You may recognise a familiar pattern -Khatm-e-Nabuwwat activists in Pakistan have previously accused Ahmadiyyas of being behind the Lahore attacks, in a hateful conspiracy theory.]
Still other news sources picked up the latest development of the Aasia Bibi story.
Italian newspaper La Stampa reported on Khatm-e-Nabuwwat and Aasia Bibi days after the Express Tribune, adding the following details about the case:
We will hunt her all the way to hell … we will hire the best lawyers, money is no object,” said the son of the organization’s leader Khatm-e-Nabuwat, a Pakistani Islamic group with branches in London and across the UK . The Muslim leader flew to Nankana, where Qari Salam lives, as soon as he heard that Asia Bibi’s accuser may not be testify at the Court of Lahor.
[W]ithout saying so explicitly, both Rai and his colleague, in defending Asia Bibi, fear for their safety. Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool activists threatened not only the lawyers, but also Qari Salam, when it was thought he would withdraw the complaint.
There is evidence that the case against Bibi is being directed, funded and organised from London.
In Pakistan, Khatm-e-Nabuwwat activists allegedly threaten people involved in the case, in order to pursue their goals.
In Britain, Khatm-e-Nabuwwat provides legal and financial support for the case against Aasia Bibi – if the Express Tribune and La Stampa are to be believed.
This information merits urgent attention.