Sydney siege: Gunman takes hostages in Lindt cafe

sidney siege

Source: BBC

At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney.

Pictures on Australian television show at least three people with their hands up against a window, and a black flag with Arabic writing.

Hundreds of armed police have sealed off Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district.

New South Wales police have asked people to avoid the area.

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter said that gunfire had been heard at the scene, the Lindt chocolate cafe – but this has not been confirmed.

Major landmarks in the city such as the Sydney Opera House have been evacuated.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the incident as “deeply concerning” in a statement.

“All Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” he said.

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13 replies

  1. Is this a way to ‘promote’ Islam? Is this a way to promote Lindt Swiss Chocolates?

    In order to learn about Islam keep reading The Muslim Times.

    In order to learn about Lindt Swiss Chocolates? Well, just try one and you will know the difference!

    • The hostage taker has a record of ‘sexual assault’ and is being investigated for possible murder of his ex-wife. And that is supposed to be a Muslim or ‘Islamist’??? The guy is a criminal, simple. What are we going to do? We are going to continue to present the REAL ISLAM! Please keep reading The Muslim Times and visit http://www.alislam.org !!!

  2. Below is fraction of what was done to the Australian Aboriginals
    1842
    Settlers poisoned 50 Aboriginal people to death in the Brisbane valley in 1842[63]
    On the outskirts of Kilcoy Station owned by MacKenzie, 30-60 people of the Kabi Kabi died from eating flour laced with strychnine or arsenic.[64]
    1842 Evans Head massacre – the 1842 massacre of 100 Bundjalung Nation tribes-people at Evans Head by Europeans, was variously said to have been in retaliation for the killing of ‘a few sheep’, or the killing of ‘five European men’ from the 1842 ‘Pelican Creek tragedy’. It is also referred to as the ‘Goanna Headland massacre’.
    1843 Warrigal Creek massacre, amounting to 100-150 Aboriginal people.[65][66]
    1846 George Smythe’s surveying party shot in cold blood from 7 to 9 Aboriginal people, all but one women and children, at Cape Otway.[67]
    1849 By 1849 clashes between Aboriginal people and settlers occurred on the Balonne and Condamine Rivers of Queensland.[68]
    1849 Massacre of Muruwari people at Hospital Creek in retribution for a suspected killing of a white stockman.[68]
    1849 Massacre of Aboriginal people at Butchers Tree near Brewarrina, along the Barwon River, and on the Narran River.[68]
    1849 Avenue Range Station Massacre (Mount Gambier region of South Australia) – at least 9 indigenous BuandigWattatonga clan people allegedly murdered by the station owner James Brown who was subsequently charged with the crime. The case was dropped by the Crown for lack of (European) witnesses.[69] Christina Smith’s source from the Wattatonga tribe refers to 11 people killed in this incident by two white men.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  3. Self-Inflicted Wounds!

    ” Verily never will ALLAH change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)…13 (Ra’d):11

    The acute problem is The Muslim World’s self-inflicted wounds. We’re now in the 21st century, the absurd division among those who call themselves Muslims is getting uglier. The on-going sad situation can be remedied, surely. We all have to try our level best to bow down to ALLAH(SWT). THE Most Gracious – THE MOST Merciful explicitly guides all HIS creatures in The Gracious Qur’an towards GOOD (the Homo-sapiens socio-economic growth and Wellbeing) and guards all HIS creatures about Evil (the Homo-sapiens downfall).
    This is the time to ponder upon ” Verily, this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood, and I am your LORD and CHERISHER; therefore serve ME, and ME alone.” 21(Al-Anbiya):92

    The centuries old ORIENTALISM is now in full swing because of The Muslim World Decay. Hence, America’s (Pentagon/Washington) Foreign Policy Makers and their close allies are the Neo-Orientalists and guided by the Rand Corporation, because ” THE OTHER” and ISLAM, per se, must have no place in the ” Civilised and Democratic” Arena.

    The MUSLIMS have to respond Intellectually, NOT beastly.

    Peace, La Paix, Shalom and Salaam to The One and Only Creator’s creatures.
    Umar Solim – England

  4. .

    VIOLENCE & ISLAM

    Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.

    THE QURAN

    Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

    but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

    Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

    Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

    Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

    Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

    Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

    Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

    Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

    Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).

    Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?

    Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

    Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

    Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah” Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”

    Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

    Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”

    Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

    Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had the power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.

    Quran (9:14) – “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.” Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even “healing” the hearts of Muslims.

    Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The Arabic word interpreted as “striving” in this verse is the same root as “Jihad”. The context is obviously holy war.

    Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. This was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

    Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

    Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.” This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.

    Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.” See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).

  5. Allah forbids you not, respecting those who have not fought against you on account of your religion, and who have not driven you forth from your homes, that you be kind to them and act equitably towards them; surely Allah loves those who are equitable.

    Allah only forbids you, respecting those who have fought against you on account of your religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and have helped others in driving you out, that you make friends of them, and whosoever makes friends of them — it is these that are the transgressors. (Al Quran 60:9-10)

  6. The Quranic versus that Hakeem Muhammad has quoted need to be understood in the context of the time and rest of the Holy Quran. Following articles should help bring readers to better understanding of these verses and Quranic message on war and peace.

    Fundamental versus Allegorical: War and Peace in Islam

    Violence in the Bible and Jihad in the Quran

    An invitation to the ‘real’ Secrets of the Holy Qur’an

    The Muslim Times’ Collection to Show, Islam or the Holy Quran are Not Anti-Semitic

  7. A criminal commits a crime. It happens everyday. No one cares about his religion. Everyone focuses on the crime and tries to do justice to the victim, to the perpetrator and to the society.
    Except when the criminal is a Muslim. Then his religion becomes the main news. Wolf Blitzer was huffing and puffing on CNN for hours working out lone wolf scenarios. Other TV channels also were doing the same thing.
    And it is free for all bigots online as well. Mr. Hakeem Muhammad is a shining example of such bigotry and hate. He has written an unbelievably long comment spilling out all the hate. He has mistranslated the Arabic words of the Quran. He has inserted his own opinion and views into the verses of the Quran. He is outright lying.
    So instead of wasting our energy trying to analyze and reply to every lie, I would like to make two observations.
    1) These lying bigots like Hakeem Muhammad are actually on the terrorists team. It is they who are trying to establish the false notion that Islam is a religion of violence. If they wanted to help, they would highlight the peaceful nature of Islam. They would also present the peaceful translations of these verses as understood by the great majority of the Muslims. So Mr. Hakeem Muhammad and Wolf Blitzer are doing the same thing. They are helping the terrorists and they are hoping for more violence.
    2) The responsible media should not give anytime or space to bigots like Hakeem Muhammad as he is part of the problem and not part of the solution.
    If someone takes a dump in public it should be covered up and not presented as a work of art.

  8. Mr. Hakeem Muhammad has translated the verses of the Quran according to his own dark desires. For example he translated the word, “al-fitnah” as “disbelief”. This is wrong translation of the word. “Al-fitnah” means disorder or persecution. Then he translates “Az-Zalimun” as “the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.” This is also made up translation. “az-Zalimun” means “transgressor” or “offender”.
    This is how he has translated all of the verses without regard to the context.
    Words have multiple meaning. Therefore in translating any text, context is very important.
    The Holy Quran allows everyone to defend themselves when attacked. When Muslims were attacked they were given permission to defend themselves.
    Hakeem Muhammad has also lied about historical facts. He implies in his comment that Muslims turned Meccans out from their own city. This is also false. It did not happen.
    When Meccans kept following Muslims after they had escaped to Medina, and repeatedly attacked them, Muslims had no choice but to defend themselves. As a result of these fights Mecca eventually fell to Muslims. But fall of Mecca is an amazing event in the history of mankind. The Holy Prophet of Islam forgave all his enemies. There was no killing, no looting, and no one was removed from their homes. Everyone was given protection of life and property.
    It is hard for Hakeem Muhammad and his ilk to understand compassion and mercy. Their only mission in life is to support and propagate terrorism.

  9. @ Hakeem Muhammad

    ” And such are the Parables WE set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have Knowledge.” The Glorious Qur’an —29(Al ‘Alkabut):43

    Briefly, I’m afraid to observe that your lack of The Qur’anic Epistemology is regrettable, indeed. You have truly expressed your Intellectual Mediocrity in the manner of the Orientalists.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-150)- Irish playwright and Nobel Prize in Literature was spot on when he said: ” Beware of false Knowledge, it is more dangerous than Ignorance.”

    Socialism has failed, miserably. Capitalism is playing havoc on world stage; the gap between THE HAVES and THE HAVE NOTS is widening, ceaselessly. Thus, a solution has to be found, so ISLAM, per se, is The Synthesis in the 21st century, Insaha-Allah.

    ORIENTALISM is passé. Whatever The Orientalists have been doing over centuries, and are still hellbent in promoting Secular Fundamentalism, the end results will be total failure.
    The 21st century is ISLAM, per se, defining moment because of The Quran’s narratives towards the Homo-sapiens’ Socio-Economic Benefits and General Welfare. THE CREATOR – The Most Powerful, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, The Lover of Beauty – knows best, HE is THE ONE and THE ONLY POSSESSOR of FOREKNOWLEDGE.

    I wish you Peace.
    Umar Solim – England

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