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CAIR: Texas Radio Host, Michael Berry, Urges Bombing of NY Mosque

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ACTION-ALERT  for any American who believes that no terrorist threat should be taken lightly:

  • Complain to the FCC, and also complain to the radio station. You can do this online.  You’ll need to know:
    • What is the name of the company that is the subject of your complaint? Clear Channel Communications
    • Station call sign: 740 KTRH
    • Station location:  Houston, TX
    • Operator Name: Clear Channel
    • Operator Location: San Antonio, TX
    • Program name: The Michael Berry Show
    • Date: 5/26/2010
    • Time (anyone know? but not necessary)
    • Provide the details of your complaint: Simply copy and paste what Berry said. Mention the violence-incitement nature of the comment.
  • Contact 740 KTRH to express your anger and demand that Berry be suspended or fired.

Muslim civil rights group files FCC complaint over incitement to violence
WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today filed a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) complaint against a radio talk show host in Texas who yesterday advocated bombing a proposed New York City mosque. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Houston radio host Michael Berry (KTRH-AM 740) made that call to violence on his May 26 program. In his response to a caller named “Tony” who supported the right to build the planned mosque in New York — an effort that has come under rhetorical attack by anti-Islam extremists — Berry said: “No, no, Tony, you can’t build a mosque at the site of 9/11. No, you can’t. No, you can’t. And I’ll tell you this — if you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up. . .I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.”
Hear Michael Berry’s Call to Violence: http://www.cair.com/audio/michaelberry.wav
[Berry has in the past been a guest host for nationally-syndicated broadcasters like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.]
“Calls for acts of violence against houses of worship must never be tolerated or excused,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We ask the FCC to demonstrate that incitement to violence is never acceptable on our nation’s airwaves.”
He said Berry’s call to violence against an American mosque is of particular concern, coming as it does after a bombing at a mosque in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month.
SEE: Lt. Gov. Tours Mosque that was Bombed
http://www.news4jax.com/news/23684961/detail.html
Awad noted that the planned New York mosque is being opposed by a collection of anti-Islam hate-mongers, one of whom recently launched an Islamophobic bus advertisement campaign in that city.
SEE: NYC Woman’s Ad Crusade – Say No to Islam (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Y3ybmLWjY
CAIR recently expressed concern about a “growing atmosphere of anti-Muslim sentiment” nationwide.
SEE: Tea Party Leader Says Muslims Worship ‘Monkey-God’ http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100519/pl_usnw/DC07826_1
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/CAIR/42590232694. Subscribe to CAIR’s E-Mail List http://tinyurl.com/cairsubscribe.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations

Formerly Mujahideen Ryder (now retired), I'm a Muslim American born in Brooklyn, NY with Guyanese parents currently living in Maryland working full-time as a web developer.

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    Joyce Loftis

    June 1, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    If the radio station fires Michael Berry, it will be giving enormous power to a group of people CAIRE, whose primary purpose is to alter the culture of our great nation. Michael Berry is not only a patriot, he speaks for so many of us who are deeply concerned with the unnatural tendency to be afraid to say how you feel because it will be regarded as “politically incorrect.” I for one, totally enjoy Michael’s candor. He may have crossed over the line with his statement, but who among us has NEVER done that. Does he deserve to be crucified? If so, our country is in even deeper, darker trouble than any of us can know!

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      Amad

      June 1, 2010 at 8:16 AM

      Joyce, this has NOTHING to do with CAIR (not CAIRE). Berry is making this about CAIR because it is easier to attack a group than tackling the issue.

      Would you find it brave if I similarly hoped for the destruction of a synagogue in Israel because of Israel’s recent actions? There is a difference between political correctness and incitement to violence. It would have been okay for Berry to express his anger (even if unjustified) at the mosque’s construction. But it is not okay for anyone, you, me or M Berry to hope for a bombing to occur. Think about this in a fair manner, putting yourself in the other party’s shoes and hopefully you will come to the same conclusion.

      Finally, if you really care about Berry’s program, then you should help Berry by telling him so when he is wrong. This will only make him a more mainstream host.

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      Siraaj

      June 1, 2010 at 1:40 PM

      Does he deserve to be crucified?

      Yes (metaphorically speaking). Just like what happened to Michael Savage and Don Imus.

      Siraaj

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      abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

      June 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

      Public sanctions for hate speech exist because society wants to deter that speech from occurring. Most people on radio do not have to censure themselves because they do not engage in hate speech, thank God. But those who do self-censure have to do so precisely because what they would otherwise say would incite hatred and violent acts.

      Watch any movie or documentary about the genocides of Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands of people were actively targeted by a hateful radio station. When America was torn apart by racial hatred, when little girls were being buried because of bombs in churches in Birmingham, would you have wanted America then to let anyone say on the radio that bombing black churches was a good thing? Would you have wanted anyone then to get away with it? Of course not.

      And it has nothing to do with that specific mosque for me, either. I have read about it in the New York Times, and I personally do not think I would go there for prayer. But I would defend them from violent speech as avidly as I would defend any church or synagogue because I believe to my core that is what Allah demands of me, and I am glad that US law agrees.

      The same rules that you protest now are designed to prevent anything as hateful as a church-bombing from happening again, yet black churches are still burned in the south, and Jewish and Muslim places of worship are still subjected to vandalism and even arson, too. And now a radio personality in a major city has said that a mosque should be bombed. How much worse it would be if there were no censorship of hate-speech in media.

      Joyce, there are over 100 mosques in Houston, where this hate speech was broadcast. Imagine some nutcase who heard him decided to bomb a mosque in Houston because he cannot reach the one in NY? Or in any of the cities where Tea-Party activists are defending that man’s statements right now? That is a very real possibility, Joyce. May Allah protect us from such evil acts.

      So whatever you think of that radio host, and I do not think I have ever heard him at all, as Americans committed to civil society, you should join us in demanding that he be censured for what he said. Because we do not want another Birmingham in America, none of us do.

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My Heart Shook In New Zealand

Mohsin Ansari

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One would imagine that a person would be dead-tired and ready to crash in his bed after a grueling, 36-hour journey from Christchurch, New Zealand to Washington, DC. And I will admit, that was the way I felt. Yet somehow, all my somnolence vanished as soon as my head rested on my pillow and I closed my eyes to rest. A wave of recollections fell over me: memories of the survivors, the emotions they expressed, and their feelings of an uncertain future as they planned their lives after the loss of their family members. These feelings instantly took away all the desire to get rest and sleep. I sit upright now and begin writing this reflection of a once in a lifetime experience- a voyage of grief and hope to Aotearoa- land of the white cloud as the indigenous people call New Zealand.

With lost baggage, long flights and too many connections, at times it seemed unlikely that my eldest son Moaz and I would make it to Jumm’ah and Janazah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. But Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accepted our prayers so that we could fulfill the guidelines set by our beloved, the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). We were able to fulfill one of the rights of a Muslim over the others; that when he is sick visit him, and when she dies, offer her funeral and be part of her burial.

Hagley Cricket Ground was supposed to have a cricket test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand that Friday. Commentators reckon that it would have been the final day of that test match. But the 22nd of March 2019, brought a much bigger crowd to this world-famous cricket ground than what anyone would have seen on the final day of that test match.

Officials and security directed us towards the VIP area as they wanted to pay respect to the guests who traveled all the way from the USA, Canada, and Australia. The environment of love, solidarity, and respect, coupled with the hijab-clad women standing in solidarity with Muslims in that enormous crowd, created an impact which cannot be articulated by mere words. Every single uniformed female officer was carrying their firearm while donning a hijab; creating a welcoming gesture in a rather somber and gloomy atmosphere.

I do not have the words to thank the leadership of Charity Australia and the Islamic Forum of Australian Muslims (IFAM) for providing us with logistics, facilitating meeting the families of the “shuhudaa” (martyrs) and arranging to visit those injured in the tragedy. ICNA, Helping Hand, and Charity Australia banners highlighting the slogans of “American Muslims stand in solidarity with Victims of Christchurch New Zealand” were the center of attention for thousands of local New Zealanders gathered in solidarity that day. Their hugs, sincere prayers and tearful eyes were the greatest gift that I want to share with everyone reading these reflections.

Right after Jumm’ah, the majority of the crowd attended the collective Janazah prayer of 27 of the martyrs. In those emotional moments, I met with the most courageous woman on earth, the wife of 51-year-old Shaheed Naeem and the mother of 21-year-old Talha Naeem, the two spirited souls who gave their lives to save others in the mosque that day. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She mentioned that her husband, Naeem, was a person who lived the life of a man of service, always ready to help others. She described Talha as an angel who was too pious and too noble to be away from Jannah too long. We heard similar feelings from Naeem’s mother (grandmother of Talha) the next day when we visited their home.

The visit to the home of New Zealand’s national soccer team player, Atta Elayyan (33), was not only emotional but also deeply inspiring. Atta lost his life and his father (the founder of Al-Noor Masjid) was severely injured during this brutal and hateful attack. There were several scholars from the United States, including Sheikh Omer Suleiman, in the visit to Atta’s home. We could offer nothing to console the brave mother of this shaheed, who greeted us with words of courage and wisdom. We had no words to accompany the tears in our eyes, except prayers for the most noble young man who helped so many in coming close to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Our visits to Al-Noor Masjid and the Linwood Islamic Center were also filled with memories of love, harmony, and reverence. There was a continuous influx of hundreds of visitors, not only from New Zealand, but also from different countries including, but not limited to, Australia, Fiji, and Canada.  Thousands and thousands of flower bouquets and other items of love were left by these visitors. I was really thrilled to see that local Muslims left many Qur’ans and flyers with basic concepts of Islam and addressing the common misconceptions about Islam for those visiting. I witnessed many people visiting these mosques were taking those Qur’ans and other books with them in order to learn more about Islam.

We also met Mr. Aziz, the unsung hero who repeatedly attacked the killer with different objects including an empty gun —which the killer had discarded. The terrorist fired on Aziz multiple times, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) not only saved him, but he also forced the killer to flee from the Linwood Islamic Center. Mr. Aziz was one of the reasons why the number of casualties in this mosque was only seven, compared to the 43 martyrs in Masjid Al-Noor. We also met certain individuals whom Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved miraculously. A young man showed his trousers fenestrated with holes of bullets but had no signs of injury. The husband and wife who entered the premises of the mosque and only to be showered with a burst of 26 bullets while in their car, leaving it completely destroyed. Yet Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved both of them while they took shelter in their vehicle.

The visit to the hospital’s ICU was simply heartbreaking but at the same time increased our resolve and commitment to help these families as much as possible. We encountered a Turkish brother who was in a coma for nine days and met his elderly parents, who spoke to us in the very little English they knew. The only thing which we could understand from their hushed voices was the request for du’a and tears of helplessness in their eyes. The 71-year-old father of a local Pakistani from Hafizabad, who had arrived two weeks ago to visit his son, was now on a ventilator fighting for his life. As a physician who has worked in ICU settings for a long time, I simply did not have enough medical reasoning which could have provided him any words of hope!! Similarly, I was not able to provide any glimmer of hope to a brother from Bangladesh whose wife will never be able to walk again and will be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

While I saw hope and felt resilience from every victim in that hospital, this hospital visit was brutally heartbreaking.

Lastly, I cannot imagine the pain, agony, and helplessness that the father of Mucad Ibrahim must feel after losing his 3-year-old son in his own arms. I gave him the longest hug possible, as he taught the whole world the meaning of Beautiful Sabr (Patience).

After seeing the devastation caused by the terrorist attack, and the work that must still be done to heal the community, Helping Hand USA, ICNA Relief Canada, and Charity Australia have formed an organization called the “Christchurch Family Support Network”. The operations have already begun, and our team is on the ground. The first group of mental health professionals with a background in Islamic Integrated counseling are set to leave to provide victims and their families immediate psychological assistance.

We ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to accept our work, bring healing to the community, protect our brothers and sisters, and accept the shuhadaa’ in the highest level of Paradise.

Dr. Mohsin Ansari is the Vice President Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Chairman of Helping Hand USA (HHRD)

 

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Because Muslims Matter | Honoring The Martyrs Of #Christchurch

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As the days go by, it is easy to forget the names and faces of the people who passed away. The horror of the act eclipses their memories. We do not want that to happen to our brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا وَشـاهِدِنا ، وَغائِبِـنا ، وَصَغيـرِنا وَكَبيـرِنا ، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا. اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام ،وَمَنْ تَوَفَّـيْتَهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان ، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه ، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa..

O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk… [7]

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Shaykh Yahya Adel Ibrahim’s Message in the Wake of the #ChristChurchMosqueShooting

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We offer our condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand and to all Kiwis. We feel your pain. We see your tears. We hear your cries and we mourn with you. The Ummah is with you- Editor’s note

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