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$140 billion worth ‘Halal’ Tourism

39-13[1]Yes sir you heard it right. The European hotel owners are so excited to dip into this new opportunity to make extra billion dollars while getting finger from the organized Jewry. Ironically, the first-ever Halal Tourism Conference is being held in Spain, one of European allies of the Zionist entity, in September 2014.

The recent statistics reported by the Mediterranean Union of Hotel owners, more and more regional nations have shown their interest in the Halal tourism.  According to the Crescent Rating Halal tourism industry was worth $140 billion last year.

The hotels which want to attract these ‘Halal tourists’ have to stop serving alcohol and pork to its customers or preferably get rid of bars and have separate swimming pools and spa facilities for men and women – and serve Halal (kosher) meat dishes. Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Lebanon already have hotels which provides these facilities to observing Muslim tourists.

Considering the huge business many hotel owners are planning to offer such Halal facilities for Muslim tourists especially from India, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

The Halal tourism industry, estimated to be around 13% of world’s total tourism, also provides flights where no alcohol or pork products are served, prayer timings are announced, and religious programs are broadcast as part of entertainment offered on board. The Halal tourism revenue is expected to cross $192 billion by 2020s.

It’s said that while the Saudi tourist prefer French resorts, the tourists from UAE prefer Turkey. According to Turkish hotel owners association, 60% of tourists who visit Turkey, prefer to stay in hotels with Halal accommodation while the remaining 40% are non-Halal tourists, mostly from western nations.

Turkey has emerged as a top European destination which Muslims from the Middle East and Far East would like to visit as their next holiday which could be worth billions to the economy,” Muslim Traveler Index Europe 2014 said. The research added that Turkey came fifth on the list of countries that appeal to Muslim tourists as a future place to visit globally.

We already know that Turkey is already very popular with the Middle East and Malaysian countries, but as the research shows, there are a lot more who would like to come. With the history of Turkey and its strong Islamic heritage and attractions, this is a huge market for the country,” the research note read. “This research represents great opportunity for tourism boards, tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and the entire tourism sector in Turkey.”

Global trends indicate that “Halal tourism” is on the rise even in predominantly non-Muslim countries that are trying to attract more Muslim tourists. Japan is altering its tourism infrastructure in order to offer Islamic-friendly options as the number of visitors from the predominantly Muslim country of Malaysia increases. Meanwhile, France is also offering “fully halal” vacation packages to accommodate the country’s Muslim citizens.

 

 

Karistiane Backer: ‘From MTV to Mecca’

German-born former British MTV celebrity, Karistiane Backer (born 1965), is a TV presenter, TV journalist and author of autobiography ‘From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired my Life’, published in 2012. In the book, Baker claims that she was attracted to Islam based on religion’s dress modesty requirements for both men and women. She also acknowledges that Islamic modesty and moral values were introduced to her by Pakistan’s cricket team captain Imran Khan. Watch her interview below.

Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof (born to a Jewish mother and his daughter Peaches Geldof married Jewish musician Thomas Cohen), whom Backer had interviewed on her MTV show, called her memoir “From Babe to Burka“. Although, Backer never wore “Burka” after her conversion – it does remind me a 2002 article by Canadian Jewish academic, Henry Makow PhD, who said that he would rather prefer a Burka over Bikini.

Backer, who received two prestigious German journalist awards, Golden Camera and Golden Otto, lost all her TV contracts when she converted to Islam in 1995. Announcing her conversion, she said: “I found the truth that Islam treats men and women equally. Under Islam women got their rights to vote in early 7th century. Men and women dress in decent way. They are prohibited to degrade each other. Indeed a woman should adopt dress to avoid sexual appeal to the opposite gender.” Read her Facebook page here.

In October 2012, Backer was interviewed by anti-Islamist Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, during which she said: “I wrote the book because there is a lot of Islamophobia in Europe, which I also experienced myself when in 1995 I became a Muslim. I was an award-winning presenter at the time, presenting shows on MTV; I had my own youth show in Germany, and when it came out that I was a Muslim I was sacked from my show, and with that pretty much my career on TV in Germany ended. For years agents have told me, “If you ever want to work on TV again, don’t speak about Islam.” So I listened to their advice and I spent those years deepening my faith and learning about Islam, traveling, etc. But of course as a journalist, as a communicator, I was itching to speak out, because a lot of times the media portrayed Islam so differently to this beautiful religion and how it really, truly is. I wanted to speak out, and eventually I went on the Hajj when I was 40 years old, and that was reported very positively in the German press. A book agent came to me and asked me, “Would you like to write your story in a book?” and I thought, “Great!” My time had come to try and redress some prejudices, and try to take the reader by the hand and show how I dissolved the prejudices I initially had against Islam, and how I discovered the beautiful values of the religion and tried to practice some of them before I became a Muslim.”

I like to end this post with a page from Backer’s personal blog.

Feminism and Islamic inheritance

Since Zionists’ 9/11 operation, the Judeo-Christian West has spent over $3 trillion to liberate Muslim women by invading and occupying Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Bosnia, Chechnya and several other Muslim-majority countries. Ironically, while women are being liberated from anti-Feminist Islam – four out of every five converts to Islam in the West have been women.

I know, it would be an act of “anti-Semitism” to suggest that Jewish woman should be liberated in Israel where she is discriminated at eight places.

Study of Jewish holocaust has become a compulsory item at public schools in several European nations, and some “lucky students” even get fully paid trips to Auschwitz and other places to learn the Zionist narrative of the Holocaust. In the mean times, the Jewish-controlled Western media “educates” ordinary Joes how badly women are treated under Islamic Shari’ah and within Muslim societies.

I will leave the explanation of gender equality and women rights in Islam to Christian converts like professor Ingrid Mattson (here) and Myriam Francois Cerrah (here).

Annie Besant in her 1932 book, ‘The Life and Teachings of Mohammad’, said: “It is only in the last 20 years that Christian England has recognized the right of woman to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times. It is a slander to say that Islam preaches that woman has no soul.”

In my Canada, until 1939, a woman was legally declared a property of her male relatives; father, brother, husband and sons.

In a nutshell, Islam allows a woman half of inheritance what it allows to a man. But what the western Islamophobe likes to ignore that this so-called “injustice” comes with many benefits for the woman; her husband is not allowed to grab her inheritance, and if she become a Widow or divorcee – her brother (s) are responsible to support her financially if need arrives. Contrary to that, a woman is not obliged to support her brother (s) if need arrives.

Karin Friedemann, an American Jewish convert to Islam, explains her recent experience with the Islam-bashing idiots. Read her article entitled ‘Women’s rights: Beyond Feminism’ at Muslim Observer on Facebook here.

Many American Christian scholars admits privately that Feminism is a Jewish gift to American women.

Watch a video below the Muslim gender equality in Britain.

Study: Ramadan makes Muslims happy but poorer

ramadan_28[2]Two Jewish professors at Harvard Kennedy School, Filipe Campante and David Yanagizawa-Dorott in their latest study, entitled Measuring Ramadan have claimed that Muslim fasting in the month of Ramadan does have negative effect on the economic growth of Muslim countries – but Muslims find themselves happier while more involved in social activities.

At the risk of being a tad simplistic, we are tempted to conclude that this year’s long days of fasting may make Muslims poorer than they would have been otherwise, but happier nonetheless,” said the professors.

I can understand professors’ problem. Being product of Western culture which is based on “money matters” and consumerism – created and thus has benefitted Jewish elites the most. Furthermore, many Jews have claimed that Jewish Talmud teaches how to make money on the expense of others especially the non-Jewish people.

And the apparent affection for Jewishness has led to a surprising trend in publishing over the last few years: books purporting to reveal the business secrets of the Talmud that capitalize on the widespread impression among Chinese that attributes of Judaism lead to success in the financial arts,” wrote Isaac Stone Fish, Newsweek magazine, December 29, 2010.

In real Islamic traditions, fasting in the month of Ramadan is not about increasing your worldly possessions, but to share most of them on humanity which couldn’t afford them due to the increasing economic gap between the 1% rich and the 99% poor around the world. And when the Believers get involved in charity and social activities – they feel happier than they’re in the past eleven months.

Understanding Ramazan: The month of fasting

Ramazan2-2[1]Over 1.7 billion Muslims in almost every 193 world countries have completed the first week of their annual 30-day fasting. In many countries, Muslims have to abstain from food, drinks and some lawful human (sexual) pleasures in addition to the usual forbidden activities – between 17-19 hours under harsh summer conditions.

To most non-Muslims including some secularist Muslims, the fasting during the Islamic month of Ramazan is considered cruel. However, the Islamic agenda of fasting from early morning to Sun set has nothing to do with punishing the Believers with hunger and thrust. In fact, it’s an annual training course for Muslims to feel the pains of hunger and poverty which over two billion people around the world go through each day. That’s why Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has attached more importance to sharing food and donating money to charities during the month of fasting.

Muslims greet each other before beginning and at the end of the month of “soul searching”, which usually confuses non-Muslims. American academic convert to Islam, professor Jeffery Lang tells his experience to explain it. On hearing one of Muslim student greeting Lang by “Ramazan Mubarak” (happy month of fasting) shocked one of Lang’s non-Muslim colleague. He asked Dr. Lang, “the student congratulated you on having to suffer a month of hunger? I could understand him congratulating you at the end of Ramazan when it is over, but not in the beginning!

The common sense says that in order to grow in virtues, one needs to experience and strive against hardships and adversities in life. To be compassionate, one needs to experience suffering and vow to eradicate it by helping the victims. To be grateful, one needs to experience deprival of some basic human needs for a while to understand the real blessings of not being one of those victims of deprivation.

In addition to spiritual benefits of Islamic fasting, it also provides many health benefits, such as, detoxification, digestive system, inflammatory response, reduces blood sugar, reduces blood pressure, weight loss, etc. Dr. Shahid Athar explains both these benefits here.

Yuram Abdullah Weiler, an American writer, journalist, who has converted to Islam, explains the virtues of Islamic fasting and the current Zionist-generated Islamophobia in United States in his recent article, entitled Ramazan: A month of self-restrain.

Perhaps most indicative of the level of Islamophobia in the US was the position reversal by the US President on the Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center, which was to be built near the site of 9/11 attacks in New York. At first, Obama expressed support for the project. “I believe that Muslims have the same rights to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and community center on private property in Lower Manhattan.” Then backpedaling the very next day, he equivocated, “I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the decision to put the mosque there”, wrote Weiler.

Thanks to the Jewish Lobby’s grip over American politics, US-taxpayers have spent $700 million to build a new 9/11 Holocaust Museum at Lower Manhattan.

Weiler also said that fasting in the month of Ramadan is commanded by Holy Qur’an 2:183:  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint.”  Verse 185 clarifies that the month of Ramadan is intended:  “The month of Ramadan that in which Holy Qur’an was sent down as a guidance for mankind.”  In their Quranic commentary, Agha Pooya and Ahmed Ali explain that “The main object of the Islamic fast is to purify the conduct and character and get the soul charged with divine attributes of God in the practical life for one complete month.”

He also adds that scientists have also learned that restraining oneself by fasting has the side benefits of reducing the risk of cancer and the onset of geriatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.  Studies in peer-reviewed journals have even indicated that fasting may be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, help reduce epileptic seizures, and lower the risk of coronary artery disease.  And fasting is, of course, not unique to Islam, as it is practiced in almost every religion.  Among Hindus, fasting is done for penance or for spiritual strengthening;  the Sabians, the oldest of the Chaldean religions, also prescribed fasting for an entire month.

In Judaism, fasting is prescribed on Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement, as well as on other days of the year.  Fasting on Yom Kippur is commanded in Leviticus 16:29:  “On the 10th day of the 7th month you must fast.”  And again in Leviticus 23:27-32: “Also, on the 10th day of this 7th month there shall be a day of atonement.  It will be a holy gathering to you; you shall afflict your souls.”  The prohibited acts for Yom Kippur are remarkably similar to those for Ramadan and include eating, drinking, washing or anointing the body, wearing leather shoes and marital relations.

 

Jesus: Neither Jew nor gay

The pro-LGBT Jewish media is always ready to propagate two anti-Christian lies about prophet Jesus (as); he was a Jew and he could have been a gay (sic). Historically, Jesus was neither a Jew nor a gay.

The latest anti-Christ rant came from UK daily Guardian’s gay “expert on religion”, Andrew Brown. Brown summed-up his case by saying that though he doesn’t know if Jesus was a gay man – but being a “compassionate Jew”, he must have supported the LGBT community.

If a historical perspective suggests that Jesus had no comfort for gay people, there’s no doubt that huge numbers of them love him. Considered as an icon, Jesus embodies justice and reconciliation and humility, all of them perhaps especially attractive to lonely adolescents, as many gay people were. Compassion is a quality that people want from God, since there is clearly not enough of it in the world. And if Jesus was God, then he must have been infinitely compassionate, as John supposes. The angry and sometimes bitingly sarcastic young man of the gospels is really not the God that anyone wants very much to worship,” wrote Brown.

In December 2010, Andrew Brown had claimed that since Pope Benedict XVII is in favor of celibacy for priests, he could be a gay himself. In Catholic Church, popes and priests are not allowed to marry with opposite sex, as Jesus’ tradition who never married. Both St. Paul and St. Peter never married either. However, there is no denying to the fact that some popes did maintained their ‘harem’, which consisted of women and young boys. To find out the truth, one should read E.R. Chamberlin’s 1969 book, The Bad Popes.

In support of his ridiculous attack on Jesus, Brown quotes his fellow Israel-lover gay, Sir Elton John’s remarks that Jesus would have supported same sex marriages.

I don’t know how Pope Francis really feel on this topic, but the first “Jewish” Archbishop of Canterbury has changed his earlier stand against same sex marriage under pressure from British Jewish Lobby. Recently, he pronounced same sex marriages being kosher.

Interestingly, ex-Jew writer, Israel Shamir, called Brown Guardian’s resident moron.

There is no secret that Jesus of Bible and Talmud, is totally different person than Jesus of Holy Qur’an.  Muslims believe Jesus was a great Messenger of Allah like Israel, Moses and David. His birth was a miracle. His mother, Saint Mary, was from Israelite tribe and cousin of John the Baptist (Yahya). She gave birth to Jesus while she was a virgin. She never had a boyfriend (Joseph) – and never married till her natural death. Jesus received revelation at age 30, preached Injil (gospel) for nearly three years before he was raised to Heaven by Allah. Jesus was saved from Crucification, and he is to return to Earth in order to experience a mortal death – because he was human-being and not Divine.

ADL blasts Baptist Church for inviting Farrakhan

They hate me because I talk truth about Jews. That’s the bottom line: I’m just a guy in a rock-n’-roll band that put God and country first. I’m an American, and the ADL, with their Bolshevic Talmudic nightmare, is trying to eradicate everything that built this country up,” Paul Topete, July 2013.

With critics like Chomsky, Buchanan and Farrakhan, the Israel lobby has an easy time persuading most Americans that critics of Israel are lunatic-fringe figures,” says Michael Lind, April 20, 2002.

Heidi Budaj, Michigan regional director of Israel lobby Jewish group, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has slammed Rev. Terrence Griffith, leader of Philadelphia African Baptist Church for inviting Louis Farrakhan, leader of Nation of Islam, as a keynote speaker during Church’s 205th anniversary on June 22, 2014.

Expressing pride for being called anti-Semitic is shameful,” Budaj said. “A person in this day and age should be ashamed to say that.”

Although Rev. Griffith received some criticism from Zionist colleagues indicating their displeasure with his invitation to Louis Farrakhan, the pastor was undeterred because problems in the Black community, such as drugs, prostitution, mass incarceration, need immediate solutions.

Rev. Griffith said Farrakhan was a “man among men who speaks the undiluted word of God.”

For the record, Rev. Griffith is no Israel hater. In January 2014, he made his second trip to Israel along with Rev. Todd Stavrakos and 15 other Christian clerics as part of Israeli hasbara ‘Jewish-Christian interfaith’ program sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. All 17 clerics took tour of Yad Vashem Museum, the Wailing Wall and the West Bank. According to Eric Berger (Jewish Exponent, February 26, 2014), all 17 cleric came to the conclusion that Palestinians could have peace only on Israel’s terms.

The world has lost its way and therefore this world, and the people of God have to be guided back,” said Min. Farrakhan. “You need preachers who will teach you the word of God in a way that makes learning a part of your living.”

He quickly dismissed any notion he came to foster division between Muslims and Christians. In fact, his very first point was 1.6 billon Muslims globally believe in Jesus, which came as a surprise to many in the audience. The time is now for an end to religious division, he noted.

“I love you and I would never let anyone take me away from you, my Christian family,” he said.

The organized Jewry began anti-Farrakhan campaign after the publication of 1991 book, ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and the Jews’, which scholarly exposes major Jewish role in African slave trade and their hatred toward Blacks to this day.