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(24): Hamas is ‘un-’ if not anti-Boko Haram

Muhsin234 (Twitter)
I was prompted to briefly clarify the dissimilarity if not dissension between the Palestinian armed group, Hamas and the dreaded Nigeria's ‘Islamists’ insurgence, Boko Haram (BH).  As the ongoing Gaza conflict escalates further and the death toll, especially among children and women, rises, many people obviously seem to have not known, or know but deliberately choose to spread falsehood, about the two aforementioned ‘Islamist’ groups. The Israel’s officials, including the Prime Minister, Natanyahu, and numberless other people on the social media are always quick at pairing the two, chiefly to justify the bloodshed in Gaza.
Hamas was established in 1987 to fight, by political and military means, for the freedom of Palestine over the Israel’s growing land-grabbing and occupation of their territories and persecution of their people. The U.S however listed them as a terrorist organisation. They are also called so in the American and other pro-American media due to,…

(23): Being Muslim and the Danger of a Single Story

Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim muhsin2008@gmail.com @muhsin234 (Twitter)
“What is your name?” Muhammad. And all eyes would turn around.
It often starts just like that, for to them, every Muslim is a potential threat, a terrorist. It is extremely awkward, if not annoying, to someone like me who was born and reared in an almost 99% Muslims community. Hitherto I didn’t know that being Muslim means that much and weighs that loads; some feel even reluctant to disclose their belief. Muslims living in multi-religious and non-Muslims majority societies today have a lot of stories to tell. The story is sometimes nasty in conservative, religiously touchy and volatile places like India, where I presently reside.  Although home to about 200 million Muslims, it was discovered in a recent survey that some Muslims have to masquerade as Hindus for India jobs. This happens due to the schism, and sometimes animosity, between them and other faithful, particularly the majority Hindus.
But why all the fuss, you may …