* Islam group urges forest fire jihad
- Josh Gordon/The Age
AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”.
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine.
At least 650 homes have been razed and 3733 people have registered with the Red Cross after evacuating their properties.
How to help:
Donate to the Red Cross State Government Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (http://www.redcross.org.au, phone 1800 811 700 or any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch)
Donate to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund (BSB 082-001, Account number 860-046-797)
Myer Bushfire Appeal - all proceeds to the Salvation Army (Donate at any Victorian Myer store)
Donate blood at the Red Cross (Ring 131 495)
The CFA lists 13 fires as still going. Winds in some areas are strong. Towns are still theatened.
Premier John Brumby:
I thank all of our emergency service workers for their tireless work. I know you are physically and emotionally exhausted. I know that these fires can seem overwhelming. But please know that you have the prayers and gratitude of so many Australians behind you.
He’d tried to warn us to be ready for this day.
Professor Geoffrey Blainey says there have been bigger fires in Victoria’s history, but none deadlier.
The epicentre of the tragedy:
A SMOKY orange dawn rose over Marysville yesterday, revealing what emergency workers had dreaded throughout the long night. The popular mountain hamlet of 600 people, 100km northeast of Melbourne, was no longer there…
Locals yesterday spoke of bodies scattered around the town. Some died at the town’s spa, where they had sought refuge. Elsewhere, two local mothers are rumoured to have died with their children. Nearby, the body of a woman was found in a car. Her favourite crockery was sitting on the seat next to her.
Not far away in Kinglake, the dawn revealed another horrific scene - a jumbled collection of burnt-out cars lining the roads out of the doomed township.
These cars were carrying the families who never made it out of the town. Some had crashed into each other in their panic to escape the inferno that had surrounded their town. Others had their only escape route blocked by fallen trees as the fiery apocalypse enveloped them.
Please, a reminder - that fleeing a fire at the last minute is often far more dangerous than to stay in a home, and wait until the fire front has passed.
FIRES that may have been deliberately lit in Victoria in recent days amount to mass murder, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says…
Police Commissioner Christine Nixon said … forensic investigators had begun work in the Churchill region, where police suspect arson was involved.
“At this stage we have a team at the fire at Churchill in the Gippsland Valley, which is certainly one that we believe was deliberately lit,’’ Ms Nixon told the Seven Network.
At least nine people have died in that fire.
Historic Beechworth and nearby towns are now threatened.
Thank God Gary survived. You won’t find a better account of how to save yourself, if you find a wall of fire heading to your house, too.
Muhammad was an arsonist too:
Bukhari:V1B11N617 “I would order someone to collect firewood and another to lead prayer. Then I would go burn the houses of men who did not present themselves at the compulsory prayer and prostration.”
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When Muhammad halted at Dhu Awan, he accused its builders of being unjust and sent a band of jihadists to burn and destroy the freshly constructed mosque. He said to his band of hooligans, “Go to this mosque whose owners are unjust people and destroy and burn it.” (Tabari, vol.ix, p.61). His band of raging arsonists stealthily entered the bustling mosque and set fire to it when it was filled with people assembled for the evening prayer. The worshippers dispersed in utter terror. Allah promptly sent down verse 9:107, 110, justifying the destruction of opposition mosques. To further validate his gutting of this mosque, Muhammad concocted the story that he suspected that the builders of the ‘Mosque of Dissent’ were planning to assassinate him.
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