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Sudden Jihad Syndrome in SLC :Muslim Forum in Utah lied about shooter's background - policeman's killing of Talovic "Youthful Islamic Chivalry"
February 18, 2007
MIM: Update2/21/07: One week after Bosnian Muslim Sulejman Talovic killed six people in a Utah shopping mall the FBI and the police claim to have found "no motive" for the attack yet they issued statement within 48 hours that it 'was not terrorism related'. This despite the father's repeated claims that 'someone pushed his son to do it- and gave him the guns' plus a video tape which appears to give credence to witnesses claims that Talovics shouted Allahu Akhbar before being killed.The killer's father Soljo Talovic, fought in Bosnia as a muhajideen (as did other Bosnian refugees in the SLC community) so his assertion that other people had pushed his son to murder should have been enough to doubt the claim that the killings are not terror related. It was also established that the killer's father is a congregant at the Noor mosque which was close the the shopping center where the massacre took place. According to CBS News:
For their part The Muslim Forum of Utah ( a group which acts as a mouthpiece for the area's Muslims) hastily revised their first press release headlined "Trolley Square attack Not Related to Islam and Muslims" after deliberately lying that Talovic "might be a gypsy" and "never attended any mosque"despite the family's having openly admitted that they were Muslim to reporters who interviewed them in the wake of the killings.
A 2/17/07 an updated version reads "he attended mosque several times". The obvious attempt to hide Talovic's Muslim background is an ominous sign that the law enforcement is being deceived by the Muslim community which may know much more then they are telling.
The MFU could not laud a non Muslim police officer who killed fellow Muslim Talovics unless his act could have been seen as serving Muslim interests , this accounts for the MFU's need to put an Islamist spin on police officer Kenneth Hammond's act by calling it a "Futuwa" or an "Act of Islamic Chivalry" because "The people hurt and killed could have been our family and friends that attend the nearby mosque" and "we are happy that the perpetrator was killed before he could hurt anyone else [i.e.Muslims] in the community'
MIM: The killings provided an opportunity for the MFU to hype Muslims as the real victims of the attacks:
According to some accounts which seem to be confirmed by the videotape soundtrack Sulejman Talovic shouted "Allahu Akhbar" several times during the shootout with the police just before he was killed. This was never written about in the MSM media. Surely those who were present in the mall would have clearly heard these shouts and a police examination of the video soundtrack could easily determine this conclusively. One report said that he had used "foul language" when confronted by the officers and he could have also been shouting "Die Motherf--ker" as he was reported to have done when he shot his first victim. It can be assumed that Talovic had an accent as he was born in Bosnia and both his parents speak poor english. Anyone who did not know that Talovics was a Muslim would never have considered the possibility that he was shouting Allahu Akhbar in the first place. The only way to clarify this is to have the tape examined by specialists and have the police who were there provide the factual details.
Here is a link to the video: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/186558.php
According to a Serbian news report Sulejman's father was in the Bosnian Muslim Army:
MIM: Suljo Talovic has consistently told the press that he has no idea where his son got the guns and made the bizarre statement that "someone must have put him up to the shootings" which further indicates a jihadist motive and that he must know something which would be of great interest to the investigation.
MIM: Also significant is that Talovic's family seems to have no idea of when and how Sulejman learned to shoot but asserts that someone 'put him up to it'. Obviously many Bosnian Muslim male refugees over age 30 in Utah had military training like Talovic's father and engaged in combat so the likelihood of his having received 'military/jihad" training from a former Mujahideen is very possible.
An eyewitness in Utah reported that one of Talovic's uncles was arrested by the police.
Talovic's father Soljo attended mosque and told the media that his wife had had "a heart attack" after hearing the news that her son was the mall killer. Why wasnt he in the hospital tending to her and had she been hospitalised at all?
MIM: This picture from the Desert Evening News shows Sabira Talovic (the killers mother) in the doorway of their home -2/16/07 displaying her grief to the cameras.
She obviously made a remarkable less then 48 hour recovery from the heart attack her husband said she suffered when being told of her son' rampage
.Her husband's nonchalant reference to her condition (while attending his mosque) also makes it appear that both the Talovics and the Muslim Community are prone to calculated exaggeration and media savvy theatrics.
In the 2/ 17/07 press release Babak aka "Bobby" Darwish, the founder of the Muslim Forum and website owner had no choice but to acknowledge that Talovic "went to mosque" several times after the killers father was interviewed attending one.
The community is obviously hiding much more then then fact that Talovic went to mosque. A look at their activities shows that they are a Saudi funded hard core Wahhabist enterprise which has sucessfully infilitrated into all areas of public and political life and is relentlessly exploiting the welcome afforded them by the predominantly Mormon population.
At the Al Noor Mosque Talovic's father said how "happy"" he was that the community has brought him flowers.He also claimed that his wife had had a heart attack -yet a picture of her in the local newspaper shows her standing wailing in a doorway and one wonders why he is not at her side in a hospital if that is really the case.
One mosque member epitomised the socio pathology of the Islamist world view when he told a journalist after the killings:"A low point for us Muslims" expressing no concern or sympathy for the killers victims.
In a 2005 article about Muslims in Nadeen Ahmed, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake and head of the IQRA organisation clearly stated that the infidels were expected to show due dhimmitude towards Muslims and know that there purpose on earth is to serve and accomodate their demands and needs. ( complete text below).
According to Islamo chauvinist Babak aka "Bobby" Darwish, the policeman who killed Talovic was actually performing a "Futuwa" Youthful Act of Islamic Chivalry" only because he might have killed members of the Muslim community as well. For his part Officer Hammond will be surprised to learn that by upholding his police duties to the community he was actually performing an Islamic religious act.
MIM: The latest press release issued by the Muslim Forum of Utah about the mall shootings now admits that Talovic was a Muslim and a mosque goer. Compare this to the first press release which deliberately lied that he never went to mosque and implied that the killer was a gypsy! The sentences highlighted in bold show where the new text was inserted.
Babak aka "Bobby" Darwish's lame attempt to disavow Talovic as a member of the Muslim community in the aftermath of the shootings - and then describe him as a scarred survivor of the so called "Bosnian Holocaust" speaks volumes about the level of deception and fraud being perptrated by the Muslim community upon the media, the public and law enforcement officials in SLC in the wake of the investigation.
MIM:Labelling Talovic a survivor at 4 years old using PTSD as an excuse for the shootings is a disingenuous attempt to win sympathy and cynically co opt the Holocaust as an excuse for acts of violence, while implying they are somehow justified as revenge for the wrongdoing Talovic may have experienced. Thousands of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the US and other countries after years in Nazi concentration camps never committed random acts of violence against others as a result.
http://www.muslim-forum.org/main.asp PRESS RELEASE: Trolley Square Shooting Not Related to Islam & Muslims 2/17/07 The tragic Trolley Square Shooting that happened recently was not related to Islam and Muslims, eventhough the shooter happened to be a Bosnian Muslim. Blaming an 18 year old's religion for his loss of perspective can set a new precedence in considering religion in cases similar to the Columbine shooting and others. Also, it can set a new precedence in banning guns for people under the age of 21. It should be noted that under the law alcohol is not allowed until 21 years of age, but guns are sold easily to youth under the age of 21. Our hearts go out to the families that were hurt in this event. The people hurt and killed could have been our own families and friends that attend the nearby Mosque, so we are happy that the perpetrator was killed before he could hurt anybody else in the community. Officer Kenneth Hammond's heroic selfless act to save lives is well noted in the Muslim community, his actions are in line with the way of the "Futuwa" or "Youthful Islamic Chivalry". Our Bosnian contacts in the community say that Sulejman Talovic, an 18 year old high school drop out and Bosnian immigrant, was a young man who lived a hermit type of lifestyle. Political terrorism is not a factor, given his lifestyle and mental condition. Many say that being a survivor of the Muslim Holocaust (8000 Muslim men, women, and children killed) committed by Serbian Orthodox Christians contributed to his mental state. Post traumatic stress disorder can be a huge factor involved with his loss of perspective. He was not known to have been religious, but infact secular in nature and possibly attended Mosque a couple of times. Even if he had been religious, that does not represent the communty, because his actions were anti-Muslim and hurt Muslims more than anybody. There are alot of Muslim youth in Utah who are secular and drink alcohol, fornicate, gamble, and go to clubs in Utah. However, they are not representative of the overall Muslim community within Utah or abroad. If he was from a non-Muslim background, his faith would never have been mentioned in the news and media. sltrib article>>> | relates stories>>> Also, please visit Islam Denounces Terrorism.
MIM: Note how the sentences in bold "he never attended any of the local mosques" and "some say he was from a gypsy background" were eliminated in the second press release when Talovic's father admitted he went to mosque himself.
PRESS RELEASE: Trolley Square Shooting Not Related to Islam & Muslims 2/14/07 The tragic Trolley Square Shooting that happened recently was not related to Islam and Muslims. Our hearts go out to the families that were hurt in this event. The people hurt and killed could have been our own families and friends that attend the nearby Mosque, so we are happy that the perpetrator was killed before he could hurt anybody else in the community. Our Bosnian contacts in the community say that Sulejman Talovic, an 18 year old high school drop out and Bosnian immigrant, was a young man who lived a hermit type of lifestyle. Political terrorism is not a factor, given his lifestyle and lack of adherence to Islam. He was not known to have been religious, but infact secular in nature and never attended any of the local Mosques and did not associate with the community. Even if he had been religious, that does not represent the communty, because his actions were anti-Muslim and hurt Muslims more than anybody. Some say he was from a gypsy background. There are alot of American, Mexican, African-American, Bosnian, Somalian, Saudi, Arab, Afghani, Turkish, Iraqi, Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian Pakistani, Persian, Iranian and other youth that are secular and drink alcohol, fornicate, gamble, and go to clubs in Utah. They are not representative of the overall Muslim community within Utah or abroad. If he was from a non-Muslim background, his faith would never have been mentioned in the news and media. sltrib article>>> Also, please visit Islam Denounces Terrorism.
MIM: The original press release by "Bobby" Darwish of the Muslim forum claiming that Talovic never went to mosque and might actually be a gypsy.
MIM: According to CBS News:
MIM:The Saudis are thrilled with the inroads which the Muslims have made in the Utah and are very pleased with the work of the Muslim Forum. A State Department funded delegation of Saudi 'educators' aka da'wa advisors visited the community and met with members of the MFU promising them support and funding. Especially gratifying must be the dhimmitude displayed by the local politicians. Governor Huntsman and Mayor Rocky Anderson.
PRESS RELEASE: Royal Saudi Education Ministers Meeting With The Muslim Forum of Utah 11/16/06 Guests of the U.S. Department of State: The Saudi Education Ministers, who have previously met with BYU and LDS Church Officials in the past, would like to learn more about the Muslim Forum of Utah and about our efforts through educational opportunities and programs to foster the correct representation of Islam within the state and media. Also, they will probably be interested in talking about our experiences living here in Utah and living in an over-whelmingly non-Muslim community. The meeting will take place inshallah on November 22nd. Stay tuned for pictures and more information inshallah
REPORT: Royal Saudi Education Ministers Met With The Muslim Forum of Utah Wed. Nov. 22nd by Bobby Darvish, MFU President 11/23/06 Guests of the U.S. Department of State: The Saudi Education Ministers met with The Muslim Forum of Utah's Bobby Darvish and Abdul Malik Muhammad, who explained to the Saudi Ministers the current state of the Utah Muslim Community in regards to the lack of cooperation between Sunnis, Shias, & Sufis due to the Indo-Pak & Arab domination of the Sunni Mosques in Utah. (This of course was covered in the National Muslim Retreat in New York as well: It is forbidden in Islam for any ethnic group to dominate the Muslim community.) They spoke of their meeting with the IQRA Academy as well as with the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. Issues that came up had to do with the non-elected secular presidency of the ISGSL (We are waiting for the upcoming elections) as well as the push by some in the ISGSL for the MFU to merge with them. In the words of the Saudi Ministers "The little circle joining the big circle". Which of course was made clear that the MFU does not have to merge with any other entity to be considered a viable organization working for the Muslim community...The MFU has always been involved with the "big circle" however the "big circle" has not been involved with the "little circle". The Saudis made it clear that there were certain fanatics in the Muslim community that had badmouthed the MFU, which of course is expected anytime an organization has been successful in it's positive mission. The Saudi Ministers asked if the MFU had an Alim they took fatwas from, which was explained to them that we have many Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Alim's that work with the MFU in regards to fiqh related matters. The Saudis made it clear that there were differences between Sunni & Shia doctrine, however they were still willing to work with Shias and other Sunnis in the way of God. The Saudi Ministers left with the assurance they would support us and that God willing we would be successful in our work. They said they "appreciated" our work and that we should keeping doing work in the way of Allah. Listen to the Report>>> http://www.muslim-forum.org/2006archive.html
MIM: "Bobby" Darvish CEO of Da'wa Incorporated in Utah aka MFU. The ease at which the MFU has been able to insinuate their group and members into all aspects of public and political life helped along by gullible politicians in Utah has won them the "appreciation" of their Saudi Wahhabist backers. Note that the inaugural event is being held on public property i.e. the Utah public library although the distribution of da'wa (see picture ) material is probably illegal in a tax payer funded state and federal institution.
FREE FALL Membership Drive! 10/28/05 The Muslim Forum of Utah is having a free fall membership drive. The usual member dues are $20 a year which are tax deductible (The MFU is a faith based 501c3 Non-Profit Corp. registered with the State of Utah). Please join us in "Empowering Utah's Muslims" through Education, Civil Rights, Social work, and Interfaith activities. Since our inception in the year 2003 (Pictured on the left is our inaugural event in 2003: The Festival of Abraham at The Salt Lake City Library Downtown. Zaid Barzinji and Bobby Darvish pictured sporting their official MFU badges, while distributing Islamic Da'wah material and answering the public's questions) we have been striving to push our community forward in hopes that our youth may inherit a better community that is awake and knows the problems it faces. Years have gone by while the intellectuals, professionals, youth, women, ethnic and sectarian communities have been pushed aside and virtually ignored. We have witnessed the creation of pseudo-programs that have been created to neutralize the efforts of our predecessors and our own efforts as if there is no need for these efforts. However, the need is today more necessary than ever. We ask nothing of you, not even money, because we do this work in the way of Allah (SWT). The only thing that we hope to see from our community is a sign of support inshallah, whatever that may be. When the time comes and you have the confidence you need in our organization, you are welcome to donate to this worthy cause. In this time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. If you want to join us and take part in the most cutting edge American Muslim organization in Utah and teach about The Religion of Islam...a religion of peace and tolerance, please click here to register: FREE MFU Membership
"Bobby" Darwish and the MFU are very clear that their objective in SLC is "Jihad through Da'wa"a and they are suceeding in Utah beyond their wildest expectations:
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Visited The West Valley Mosque (Khadeeja Islamic Center) for the first time - 6/6/05 While his wife, Mary Kaye, and their oldest daughter Mary Anne covered their heads and sat in the balcony with the women, the governor sat cross-legged among the men on the main floor until it was his time to address the young people. "As governor, it's an honor to be with all of you," Huntsman said. "I consider you friends and important contributors to the state of Utah. We share a common destiny - peace, happiness and tranquility." It is so important for Utah's more than 25,000 Muslims to train their children in the faith so they can share it with others who know nothing about Islam, he said. After the program, Huntsman told The Salt Lake Tribune he was "impressed by the young faces. They represent a cross section of different countries, many of them war-torn." Someday, the governor said, "one of them may be governor." Read more of the Salt Lake Tribune article >>>
"Freedom from Prejudice: Utah's Middle Eastern Voices" 12/11/06 The Muslim Forum of Utah was contacted by Mayor Rocky Anderson's office in order to spread the news about this timely event. Event will occur Wednesday, December 13 from 7-9 PM at the City Library What: Mayor Rocky Anderson will host a Freedom Forum this Wednesday on Utah communities of Middle Eastern descent. The forum, "Freedom from Prejudice: Utah's Middle Eastern Voices," will explore the experiences of Utah's Middle Eastern communities after the events of September 11, 2001, raise awareness about the rich diversity of these communities, and tackle the question of how tensions and conflicts involving Middle Eastern groups overseas affect community relations in Utah. Who: Mayor Anderson will give opening and closing remarks at the Forum. The event will include a panel discussion of experts with a wide range of perspectives on the Middle East, with ample time for questions from the audience. A KCPW reporter will moderate the discussion. The panelists are: Noor Ul-Hasan – Member, Mosque Khadeeja Peter Sluglett – Professor of History and faculty member at the Middle East Center, University of Utah Kilo Zamora – Executive Director, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Utah Ron Zamir – CEO of Allen Communication Learning Services Ghulam Hasnain – Organizer, Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival When: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 7-9 PM Where: Main Library Auditorium 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT Media: The event will be broadcast live on KCPW (1010 AM, 88.3 FM, 105.3 FM). The forum will also be taped for later broadcast on SLC-TV, Cable Channel 17. To see a complete list of programs and watch the station in streaming video format, visit www.slctv.com. download press release>>>
MIM: The MFU is looking for "Jihad through Da'wa" 'sucess' stories for a KSL radio show.
LDS Women's Conversion To Islam on KSL Radio 1160 1/27/06 Jon Dunn of KSL Radio 1160 contacted The Muslim Forum of Utah to get help in finding out about Utah American Women converting to Islam, he found just that! Here is the KSL Radio 1160 clip featuring local Utah Women who have converted to Islam: Mormon/LDS Women's Conversion To Islam mp3>>>
Women Converts To Islam Needed For Radio Interview 1/16/06 If you are a female convert to Islam living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Please contact us for a radio interview that will be on a very popular radio station in Salt Lake City, Utah: (801) 859-3769 or [email protected]
MIM: Update: The yearly Salt Lake City Muslim Festival is co sponsored by the Saudi supported Muslim Forum of Utah. The event is aimed a proselytising Islam aka "Jihad through da'wa" and appears to be financed and sponsored by taxpayers through state groups like the Arts Council as well at The United States Army!
[Note: According to an army spokesman a booth was bought in an attempt to recruit Muslims and Arabic speakers -the placement on the logo on the poster is an attempt by SLAM to give the misleading impression that the Army is playing a role in sponsoring and endorsing the event and by extension giving them added legitimacy]
http://www.saltlakeamericanmuslim.com/slam/culture_fest.htmlSalt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival
2006 Salt Lake American Muslim Festival (SLAM) coming
August 26 and 27, 2006 Saturday and Sunday
A Celebration of Multi-Cultural Diversity, Inclusion, Tolerance, & Mutual Respect
Both days booths open at 12 Noon.
- Entertainment is world-class cultural performances such as:
The organiser of the SLAM festival is Gulam Hasnain whose son Ali is the president of the Utah State University student body and was selected to represent college students on the board of regents,
First Muslim Student President at University of Utah Named To Utah State Board of Regents 6/12/06 Ali Hasnain, the first Muslim student body president at the University of Utah, has been selected to represent public college students on the state Board of Regents. He replaces U. student Gaby Kingery. Ali Hasnain is the son of Ghulam Hasnain, who is the main founder of the SLAM Festival which The Muslim Forum of Utah help co-found and will be having it's 4th Annual SLAM Festival coming up on August 26th and 27th. Salt Lake Tribune Article>>> | Governor Huntsman's Official Homepage - Article>>>
Ali Hasnain, University of Utah's Student Body President 9/2/05 - On behalf of the Muslim Forum of Utah, the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake and Masjid Al Rasool, we would like to congratulate Ali Hasnain (right) on his new position as the University of Utah's Student Body President. Ali was sworn in during the month of May by April Heiselt, the Cheif Justice of the ASUU Supreme Court with John Poelman (middle), the Vice President for ASUU.
PRESS RELEASE: (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) NEW PROPOSED "HALAL" MUSLIM FESTIVAL BY MUSLIMS FOR EVERYBODY! 8/31/06 "We have been made an offer by a generous contributor to create a brand new festival put on by Muslims for everybody! If you would like to join us with your ideas and support please email us to join this new committee at [email protected] or call (801) 942-1552. We are inviting leaders and individuals within the community to come and join our committee to discuss the moral and ethical implementation of Islamic values within this new festival. Once the festival has been decided upon, we will provide the funding through the MFU's Bank Account. May God be with you always." - Bobby Darvish, MFU President Creating a planning committee for the new festival will take place after Ramadan inshallah. Many people in the Sunni and Shia community have already come up and shown interested in joining this multi-ethnic and multi-sectarian committee/council facilitated by The Muslim Forum of Utah. We will be meeting with people after Ramadan inshallah.
Salt Lake American Muslim Festival 2006 – August 26th & 27th 8/24/06 The Festival will run from about 3pm to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. It will take place at Washington Square (Between 1st and 2nd East on 4th South) in Salt Lake City, Utah. We will be tabling Saturday & Sunday Aug. 26th and 27th at around 3:30pm. You may sign up at the booth to volunteer, join, or donate to The Muslim Forum of Utah. Utah's only all inclusive Sunni, Shia, Sufi, & Non-Sectarian Muslim 501c3 non-profit organization that does not compromise it's morals and ethics. The festival will go on today from 2 to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., the Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival will be in full swing in Washington Square at the Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. 200 East. The festival will include music, food, merchandise, family activities, dance and even a rock-climbing wall. Concurrently, and in cooperation with the SLC Film Festival and Downtown Library, there will be films shown for free in the City Library Auditorium from 2 to 6 p.m. today, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cultural celebrations are open to the public. For more information and the film schedule and descriptions, www.saltlakeamericanmuslim.com, e-mail [email protected] or call 801-671-6709. SLTRIB ARTICLE 1 | SLTRIB ARTICLE 2 | SLTRIB ARTICLE 3 | KCPW AD | Google Listings | SLAM 2005 VIDEO | SLAM ‘O3 '04 & '05 FESTIVAL PICTURES | Ghulam Hasnain & Imam Shuaib on KCPW Radio | Ghulam Hasnain's Festival Homepage (SLAM Festival)
Masjid As-Sabur Teams Up With The MFU! 1/4/07 The Masjid As-Sabur of Las Vegas, Nevada has teamed up with The Muslim Forum of Utah to bring to you the new locally and nationally supported Muslim Festival! We have already been pledged $10,000 dollars for the festival from various donors, if you would like to donate or find out more information please contact [email protected]
MIM: The religion of peace seems to spawn both congregants and Imams who have serious anger management problems. Three weeks ago the Imam of the Khadeeja Mosque "was whisked away" to safety by the community who were angry that his wife complained to the 'infidel' police about his beating her. As one blogger aptly opined if he had been a terrorism suspect the community would have done the same thing.
Editorial: Utah Imam Fired - Imam Shuaibudeen 1/24/07 We are dissapointed to hear of this event and wish to learn more from Mr. Shuaibudeen to hear his side of the story in regards to the the allegations of abuse and the Islamic Society board's reaction to them, which have sparked a schism in the Muslim community, with many members criticizing the way the board has handled the situation. We have been contacted by Muslim and Non-Muslim members of the Utah community who have been criticizing the way the board handled the situation and the Imam's actions. The next questions that arise are in regards to how the new Imam will be chosen and by whom. We will post more information as it comes along inshallah.
Imam Shuaibudeen Update: His Relative Speaks Out 1/24/07 "a family representative in Chicago, where he has taken refuge, insisted that while there were marital concerns, the allegations in his wife's petition are "lies," inherently one-sided and do not tell the whole story. The representative, who asked not be named out of safety concerns, said "This was an angry woman and [group of men] trying to create and use a situation. . . to get rid of him." Certain individuals in the Islamic Society "were worried about the influence he has and knew he was onto something that wasn't right," the representative said. - The Salt Lake Tribune read more>>>
Imam Shuaibudeen Update: His Wife Speaks Out 1/24/07 "His representatives say her story is full of lies and is one-sided. Apparently angry with how his dinner was prepared, Imam Shuaib-ud Din on Jan. 2 punched and kicked his wife and beat her head against a freezer until the door broke, the woman alleged in a petition for a protective order. The next day, the imam - the recently fired religious leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake - threw a kitchen knife at her and threatened to kill her, according to a petition for a temporary protective order filed last week by Ayesha Siddiqa Din. The order, signed by 3rd District Judge John Paul Kennedy on Jan. 16, requires that the imam not contact his wife. It also requires him to stay away from their home and that he may not take his two children out of Utah, among other restrictions. The allegations of abuse - and the Islamic Society board's reaction to them - have sparked a schism in the Muslim community, with many members criticizing the way the board has handled the situation." - The Salt Lake Tribune read the rest of the article>>>
Imam Shuaibudeen Terminated as Imam of Khadeeja Mosque 1/21/07 It has come to our attention that Imam Shuaibudeen, who has been the Imam at the Khadeeja Mosque for the past seven years was terminated as Imam due to private matters regarding domestic issues. Our organization was not officially informed by any of the officials of The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, so we are researching into the matter and will report more once we find out any additional information. The only information we are aware of is the article published in the Salt Lake Tribune and reports from brothers and sisters mentioning that this information was announced publicly at the last Friday Prayer, which is not ethical by Islamic Legal (Fiqh) standards. Private matters are not to be announced in public, unless it directly has connections to public matters. In this case, his leaving could be announced without the discussion of his private life. Some questions that do arise regard the allegations made by Imam Shuaib in reference to him questioning finances, suspicious people and the lack of women in the Executive Committee of The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. Also, to have Imam Shuaib rushed off brings a few questions to mind. Was he shipped off quickly for his own good, or was it because of his questioning things in the ISGSL? We would like to talk to Imam Shuaib or anybody that has information about him if possible to find out more information in regards to the actual events that took place that resulted in him leaving. If there is anybody in our community that would like to contact us regarding this matter, please email us at [email protected].
MIM: In 2006 Imam Shuaib was able to take out his anger on the Danish cartoons in addition to beating his wife's head against a refrigerator.
Imam Shuaibuddeen of The Khadeeja Islamic Center Speaks on The Danish Cartoons 2/10/06 Imam Shuaib of The Khadeeja Islamic Center, which is affiliated with The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, an organization that manages the predominately Sunni Mosques in the valley, gave a Friday Sermon (Khutba) about the Danish Cartoons on Friday the 10th of February. Click here to Listen to Sermon mp3>>> (You can listen to more sermons on different subjects by Imam Shuaib and others on the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake's Homepage www.utahmuslims.com.)
Miscellaneous links of interest:
The Muslim Forum of Utah Homepage Statistics Report 7/10/06 The Muslim Forum of Utah Homepage has been rated the #1 Utah Muslim Media Website. It has been rated 3/10 points on the Google ranking system, which is the highest in Utah for any Islamic related page. The current statistics reflect a program start date of July 10th, 2006. Since then we have had 292,253 unique requests (hits). In the last 7 days we have had 13,876 requests (hits) alone! Download Monthly Report>>>
Iqra Academy Updates 7/10/06 (Posted Monday, 5th Jun '06) Please read the transcript of The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake President Nadeem's speech to the community with crucial updates on Iqra Academy. The Iqra Academy used to be located in the prestigious east bench Ft. Union area, however it has now been moved to be adjacent to The Khadeeja Islamic Center (West Valley City, Utah) as well as being assimilated into the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.
World Refugee Day 6/23/06 Learn of refugee life in Salt Lake City, Utah. A family event that has entertainment, food and art. Please attend tommorrow Saturday, June 24th from 6pm to 10pm at The Gallivan Center Plaza. Many Muslim refugees have come to Utah from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and various other countries because of ethnic, economic, secular, political, religious and other reasons. The organization that has been working to ensure that refugees get the help they need include organizations like The Utah Consortium of Multicultural Groups. Dr. Buba Roth, CEO of the Utah Peace Institute, and Stanford Aderibigbe of the Utah Consortium of Multicultural Groups on the plight of international refugees resettled in Utah. They say many refugees are living in conditions worse than that of refugee camps in their homelands and it's time to do something about it.
Movie Review: V for Vendetta - Muslims Shipped To Internment Camps & Citizens Executed For Owning a Holy Qur'an 6/4/06 "The most daring film of the year… hands down. Forget Munich, forget Paradise Now." The Muslim Forum of Utah screened the movie V for Vendetta and found it to be worth seeing and of interest to Muslims and Non-Muslims alike, especially because it features a couple of scenarios that feature Muslims and Islamic themes. The film's story takes place roughly twenty years from now. Britain has transformed from monarchy to a 1984-styled Christian totalitarian regime led by Adam Sutler (John Hurt resembling Hitler). Society is ruled with an iron fist of fear. Art and self-expression are censored. Homosexuals, minorities, and Muslims are shipped off to internment camps. Nightly curfews are enforced by corrupt secret police. You could be executed for owning a Holy Qur'an. Even real butter is saved for the rich and elite. Visit the official Warner Bros. "V for Vendetta" homepage for more information: V for Vendetta
Roles of Religious Leaders In A Democracy 7/24/06 The MFU, representing American Muslims, hosted a meeting with an Afghan delegation who are guests of the U.S. Department of State. There were 5 delegates (all Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders from Afghanistan) and 2 interpreters accompanying them. The delegates visited the US to learn about the role of religious leaders in a democracy – more specifically the political, social, and civic roles and responsibilities of religious leaders in our society. In addition, they explored topics such as interfaith understanding, advocacy and activism by religious communities and organizations, and religious diversity; which The Muslim Forum of Utah are specialists at. One of the delegates, Mr. Abdul Qadir Emami's daughter; Jamila Emami (Film Maker: Afghanistan Unveiled) is President of "Women's Eyes Media Organization Afghanistan". Women's Eyes is working to encourage women access to the Media through filmmaking education. The meeting took place Monday, July 24th at 5:30pm. Special thanks goes out to Samantha from the UCCD, which consistently works with the MFU to foster education, civil rights, social work and interfaith projects in Utah through citizen diplomacy. If you would like to take part in such events, or invite us to meet with you, please contact us: [email protected].
MIM: All roads lead to radicalisation MFU PR director Abdul Malik Muhammed discussed a program for African American Muslim students who are interested in studying abroad. A recent article about the upsurge of Al Qaeda in North Africa cited Algeria and Morrocco (The Maghreb) as experiencing a terrorism revival.
Friday March 4, 2005 Abdul Malik Muhammad (R) met with a Delegation from Morocco to discuss and implement a program to conduct business in Morocco. The U.S. has entered into free trade agreements with Jordan, Singapore, Chile, Australia and Morocco. Dr. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui (L) is the professor of Islamic Contemporary Thought at Benmsik Faculty of Arts, Hassan II University. They are also working on an exchange program for African American Muslim students who are interested in studying abroad. The program will be implemented and dispersed to the Imams and Businesses across America. The information to create Business proposals for services needed in Morocco will also be passed on to Conveners of the NYAA Business Summit that will be taking place in Charlotte North Carolina on May the thirteenth thru fifteenth of this year. For more information on the Business Summit log onto www.calltohumanity.org To check on the Congressional Budget and for FY2005 go to www.usaid.gov (Please go into click on the Business Section to get any details on conducting business in Morocco) http://www.muslim-forum.org/2005archive.html
Muslims feeling welcome in Utah
By Tammy Walquist
Posted: 4:48 PM- The shooting rampage at Trolley Square was not Sulejman Talovic's first act of violence.
|Talovic's body to go back to Bosnia|
|By Nate Carlisle |
and Russ Rizzo
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
|The body of Sulejman Talovic - who shot nine people at Trolley Square, killing five - has been released to his family. |
The Talovic family is preparing to transport the body to Bosnia-Herzegovina for burial, his aunt said Friday.
Ajka Omerovic said her family is trying to complete paperwork to facilitate the overseas burial. She said the body, which is in a mortuary, will be transported "hopefully next week."
Talovic's family, who were forced from their hometown in 1993 at the height of the Bosnian war, emigrated to the United States in the late 1990s. The gunman's father, Suljo Talovic, has said he wants to bury his only son in Tuzla, which is Bosnia's most ethnically diverse city.
Suljo Talovic's friends, who spoke to him after a Friday afternoon prayer service at Salt Lake City's Al-Noor mosque, said he was still trying to figure out arrangements for sending his son's body back to Bosnia.
The cost of transporting a body to the Balkans is approximately $5,000, said Travis Greenwood, director of Larkin Mortuary, which is not handling arrangements for Talovic's body.
Suljo Talovic said he and his wife are still trying to cope with Monday's events. He said his wife, Sabira, suffered a heart attack about 5 a.m. Tuesday, three hours after police informed them their son was the Trolley Square shooter.
At the mosque Friday, Suljo Talovic sat on his feet among about 90 other Muslim men and boys from Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan and other countries as Tariq Kergaye, an Iraqi member of the mosque, offered a sermon that touched on the tragedy.
Kergaye called the shooting "a low point for us Muslims."
After the services, a somber Suljo Talovic thanked the community for its support.
"I'm so happy for these people, Utah people," he told the Tribune. "They bring flowers to my door."
On Friday, police revealed no new clues about what motivated Sulejman Talovic to kill.
The only clues to date are a tumultuous childhood - he was 5 when his family became victims of "ethnic cleansing" - followed by a difficult adjustment to life in Utah as a refugee.
The Tribune reported Thursday that he was prosecuted in juvenile court at age 10 and 12 for rock-throwing and knife-wielding incidents. He also reportedly threatened his landlord with a knife.
And KSL-Radio reported Friday that Talovic violated school rules when he looked up AK-47s on the Internet in November 2004, after which he dropped out of school and went to work to help support his family.
Talovic apparently had no close friends and lacked a social support network.
Nedim Mustafic, 17, also a Bosnian refugee, said he never knew Talovic well but noticed a change in him over the past few years.
Speaking outside the mosque, Mustafic said Talovic was "more energetic" when he was younger. He had grown quiet of late.
"He didn't talk much," Mustafic said. "But he seemed like a down-to-earth person."
Bosnians in Utah, most of whom are Muslim as a result of the Ottoman Empire's historic rule over the Balkans, fear Talovic's actions will lead to persecution.
Talovic, Mustafic said, "was an individual who had problems, and he didn't deal with them well."
Though Suljo Talovic is a regular at the Al-Noor mosque, other regulars said they didn't know Sulejman Talovic. Through his broken English, Halim Huremovic, 73, weighed in to say that incidents such as the Trolley Square shooting are unheard of in Bosnia.
"Never, never, never," said Huremovic, now a U.S. citizen, who praised his new homeland. "Salt Lake City, the people, this government - it's nice, nice, nice, nice people."
* JESSICA RAVITZ contributed to this story.
* Zions Bank has established two accounts, one in injured mother Carolyn Tuft's name and the other in her 15-year-old daughter's name, Kirsten Hinckley, a Brighton High sophomore who died. Donations can be made at any Utah branch.
MIM: Contrast these attempts to help the victims with the obscene way the immigrant community attempted to piggy back on the murders to demand more taxpayer funded resources for themselves:
Representatives of the Utah Consortium of Minority Groups on Tuesday extended their condolences to the victims of the Trolley Square shootings.
Mayor Rocky Anderson said there is no evidence that religion or political views sparked the attack by Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old who died in a gunbattle with police after he killed five people.
Speaking at Bosna Restaurant in South Salt Lake, the mayor encouraged everyone to reach out a helping hand and learn more about their neighbors.
"This is a time when we can learn more about the challenges facing these families, especially refugee families," Anderson said.
A few dozen Bosnians and a greater number of journalists packed the small restaurant. Also present were Police Chief Chris Burbank and Bisera Turkovic, Bosnia's ambassador to the United States.
"People are shocked and people are saddened," Turkovic said. "We owe this country much. To do this to people who helped us, it's really shocking."
Turkovic, who is based in Washington, D.C., said she believes Talovic was mentally ill and his actions should not reflect on other Bosnians.
Ajka Omerovic said she never knew her nephew to shoot firearms.
Although he quit school at 16, Sulejman Talovic often attended Friday prayers at the Al-Noor mosque on 700 East in Salt Lake City, said Salih Omerovic, Ajka's cousin.
Salih Omerovic said the young man stopped coming to the prayers in December, when he landed a full-time job at Aramark Uniform Services in South Salt Lake. He said Sulejman Talovic's father had pressured his son to get a job to help out with the family's living expenses.
Imam Ali Mohamed, the spiritual leader at Al-Noor, said he does not know Talovic.
"I know some Bosnians, but specifically this person, I don't know him," said Mohamed, a Somali who has been in Utah since 2000.
Up to 200 people turn out for Friday prayers and there is not much socializing, said Maung Maung, who attends the mosque.
Talovic's Muslim faith prompted questions about a possible political motivation for his killing spree, but the FBI in Salt Lake City said Wednesday it has no evidence that politics played a role.
FBI spokesman Patrick Kiernan said Wednesday the bureau is trying to help police determine why Sulejman Talovic killed five people, and agents have looked into whether religion or terrorism were factors.
"We're working closely with the Salt Lake P.D. and we're obviously aware that that [terrorism] is a potential issue out there," Kiernan said. "We've not seen anything that this is terrorism or an act against the government."
Message From Governor On Trolley Square Shooting
(KUTV) Message from The Governor's Office:
Governor Jon Huntsman and First Lady Mary Kaye Huntsman wish to express their most sincere condolences to the grieving families affected by the devastatingly tragic events at Trolley Square Monday night. They also wish peace and consolation to all of the others who were involved.
"Today is a day of grieving, and tomorrow we, as a community, will begin the healing process," Governor Huntsman said. "This experience will make us stronger, binding us together. It is a time to be kinder to our neighbors, hug our children a little tighter and hold strong to the Utah tradition of reaching out to one another."
Governor Huntsman has called on Utahns to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah immediately. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all State facilities until sunset on Monday, February 19, 2007, to honor those victims who died at Trolley Square on Monday.
Governor Huntsman encourages anyone who was present during the shooting to contact the Office of Crime Victim Reparations, a state agency that provides assistance to victims of violent crime. CVR is able to assist with several types of expenses including funeral expenses, medical expenses and mental health counseling expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral sources. For more information contact CVR at (801) 238-2360 or to visit at 350 East 500 South, Suite 200 in Salt Lake City or on the Web at www.crimevictim.utah.gov. CVR hours have been extended today until 7 p.m.