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Munich Shooting - What we know

Ali David Sonboly, an 18-year-old German-Iranian, went on a “rampage” at a shopping centre in the German city of Munich on Friday, killing nine people and injured 27 others. He killed himself after fleeing the scene. The gunman acted alone.

Robert Heimberger, head of Bavaria’s criminal police, said it appeared Sonboly had hacked a Facebook account and sent a message inviting people to come to the McDonald’s near the shopping centre for a free giveaway.

Sonboly was neither a refugee nor a religious Muslim with ties to ISIS having decided to carry out his Jihadist duties and massacre infidels. Claims that he shouted “Allahu Akbar” have been proven false. He didn’t state or even indicate being inspired by or doing it for Islam. His family’s faith makes it a lot less likely to be anything ISIS inspired, since one of ISIS’ biggest ambitions is to destroy Iran and kill Shia heretics.

Based on investigations, it has become evident that he was obsessed with mass shootings. His room contained documents on ‘frenzied attacks’, research about mass shootings and he had written material on such attacks. Prosecutors further found books that he had about school shootings; for instance he had a book titled: “Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters.” There were literally no references to religion found in his home or within anything related to him on social media. “There was material found in the apartment of the suspect that showed a particular interest in shooting sprees, [but] there is so far no indication of any connection to international terrorism,” Germany’s top security official Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Mr de Maiziere added that other information showed that the shooter had researched a 2009 school shooting in Germany, and the bomb and gun attacks in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people. It is noteworthy to indicate that the shooter had changed his profile picture to the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik on his WhatsApp profile and that he deliberately chose to act on Friday, to mark the five year anniversary of the 2011 Norway attacks.

The shooter was born and raised in Germany, and his parents were from Iran. He was in psychiatric care where he was treated for depression, having been bullied by his peers regularly and suffered physical injuries from those incidents. When carrying out the crime he was seen shouting that he had been bullied for seven years [see transcript of a video further down this post] before saying “and now I have to buy a weapon and shoot you all”. He was apparently a shy teen with depression and an obsession with mass shootings, the German police reported. Sonboly had no criminal record, but was the victim of two minor crimes: a theft in 2010 and bodily harm in 2012.

He was described by a neighbour as “very quiet”. “He only ever said 'hi’. His whole body language was of somebody who was very shy,” Stephan, a coffee shop owner who would only give his first name, told the Press Association.

Sonboly’s parents had come to Germany from Iran in the 1990s. His father is a taxi driver and his mother works at a department store. 

32-year-old Tovero Evo, who lived in the same block of flats as Sonboly, said: “I didn’t think he had mental problems. He was always by himself, a bit lonely I think – I have never seen him with other boys or girls, but that’s it. We chatted a bit, how could one possibly know that something like this will happen. Now we are all pretty worried.”

Police are investigating how the gunman got the firearm used in the attack in a country whose gun control system is described by the US Congress Library as being “among the most stringent in Europe”.

“The investigation is still trying to determine where it came from,” police investigator Robert Hemberger said, adding that the assailant was not the registered owner of the gun.

Officials revealed the killer used a 9mm pistol and had 300 rounds of ammunition in his rucksack when he went on what they described as a “classic shooting rampage”. Police said the weapon was a Glock 17 handgun, which had had its serial number illegally filed off.

German authorities can prohibit anyone who is dependant on drugs or alcohol or is mentally ill from obtaining a gun license. Those under 25 have to undergo a psychiatric test. However, there up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany, experts told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in January.

Despite there being no apparent Islamic linked to the killings, some Muslims spoke of their worries about a backlash. David Akhavan, who works in an Iranian restaurant, said: “I have started to get texts from friends asking if I was safe. Then my thoughts [about the killer] was please do not be a Muslim, plesase do not be Middle Eastern, please do not be Afghan. For myself, I want to say, I reject this violence.”


Here is a timeline of the attack, according to the police:

1. 5:50 p.m. The gunman began shooting near a McDonald’s restaurant. 

2. He entered the Olympia Shopping Center across the street, and continued firing. Most of the victims were killed there.

3. He fled the shopping mall.

4. At some point, he was seen on video on the roof of a nearby parking garage. A police officer made visual contact with the gunman and fired at him, but missed. The gunman escaped.

5. 8:30 p.m. Less than a mile from the mall, in front of two police officers, the gunman killed himself with his own gun, the police said.

6. 3:30 a.m. The authorities raided a building where the gunman lived, with his parents and brother. They removed computer equipment, documents and other materials.

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Video footage has emerged purportedly showing the Munich shooter shouting “I am German” as he argues with bystanders.

Filmed from a balcony of a nearby building, it shows the alleged shooter walking on an adjacent structure, exchanging insults with onlookers.

Shortly into the verbal exchange, the shooter, shouts “I am German” and then “I was born here” after the onlooker shouts xenophobic remarks at him.

After more hostile words between the two parties, gunshots are heard and the person behind the camera is forced to take cover behind a wall.

An abridged transcript of the exchange is below:


Man: Why you arsehole, you dog f******?

Alleged gunman: Because of you I was bullied for seven years…

Man: You w******, you are an arsehole, look here!

Gunman: And now I have to buy a weapon and shoot you all

Man: Yeah, you do that. Do you know what, your skull deserves to be bashed in.

Sirens in the background

You arsehole look here, HEY!

Gunman: (unintelligible) let, yeah?

Man, apparently to people filming: Hey, he’s got a firearm, the w*****, look here!

Another voice: F****** Turks!

Man: Fucking foreigners around here. HEY!

Person filming: (inaudible muttering, speaking to a woman)

Man: Hey, he’s got a firearm… He…he…he’s loaded his weapon.

Man: Get the cops! Look here! He’s walking about, the w*****

Gunman: I am German!

Man: You’re a w*****, you are!

Gunman: Stop whining!

Man: A w*****, what the f*** are you doing?

Gunman: “Yeah what, I was born here.”

Man: So what, what the f*** are you doing?

Gunman: …I was born in the Hartz IV (unemployment benefits in Germany) area

Man: Your brain deserves to be bashed in, you arsehole down there!

Gunman: In the…

Man: Skull!

Gunman: I haven’t done anything since the fifth grade/school class (sounds agitated)

Man: Is this live ammunition?

Gunman: Shut your mouth

Man: HEY!

(murmuring from those filming)

Man: He’s walking about in the upper corner, he’s walking around here.

(Person filimg speaks to woman)

Two gunshots. Sounds of people panicking and screaming.

One or two more gunshots, muffled.

Man: Arsehole! You f****** arsehole!

Another voice: Is this real, what’s happening? Have they…

Man: (Unintelligible)…you complete idiot.


Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: “I am deeply shocked and saddened by Munich shootings. My thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and all Germany at this time.”

Addressing a White House meeting, US President Barack Obama said: “We don’t yet know exactly what’s happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured. We are going to pledge all the support they may need.”

Amid the horror, Munich locals expressed solidarity by offering sanctuary to thousands of people stranded on the streets as transport links shut down due to security measures. Residents used the hashtag #OffeneTür meaning ‘Open Door’ to offer their homes or businesses as places to stay.

Mosques in the city remained open overnight, accepting people with nowhere to stay and offering support for those traumatised by events or still searching for loved ones.

Germany’s security council is due to hold an emergency meeting today to address the shootings, led by Chancellor Merkel.

anonymous asked:

Yes fgm happens in Muslim countries but it is not an Islamic practice. The Qur'an condemns those who cut healthy skin or organs and stresses the importance of medical advice. Although there is a huge problem with Islam which seriously needs to be addressed. Why are we allowed to critique Christianity and not Islam? It's crazy.

Aye, I realise that some of that stuff is more cultural than religious, but as you said, there are still some serious issues in Islamic practices.

“Why are we allowed to critique Christianity and not Islam?”

^ This right here is an important point. I don’t understand it either.

Something New

Hello:) a lot of my followers might be a little bit caught by surprise by this post, and that’s ok. A couple (and by a couple I mean like two) of you knew about this already and I’m sure a few others suspected it. But I feel like this is a pretty big and important thing in my life and I wanted to share that with y'all.

After two and a half years of considering and exploring and questioning everything I’ve ever known, I’ve finally found a spiritual path that makes sense and makes me feel at peace. Today, I officially converted to Islam. I always knew I would eventually make this decision, but I never expected I would be doing it today.

I only know one Muslim person in real life, and I haven’t seen him since fifth grade. So I said my shahadah (Islamic statement of faith) on tumblr (as funny as that sounds) and it’s just as legit as saying it in real life. When I said my shahadah, I felt an incredibly peaceful feeling that settled all of my thoughts of “what if I get made fun of?”, “what will my parents think?” etc. I know I don’t have to worry about any of those things now because God will be with me and He won’t let me suffer through anything that I can’t handle with Him.

Telling my parents and grandparents about this decision won’t be easy, but I know that it will be worth it if my example changes their mindset about Islam even a little bit. Hopefully one day they come to Islam on their own, and I hope that even if they don’t, they will accept it and accept me.

Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all the best :) 💛

The danger in living between obedience and sin is that you don’t know in which state you will die.

LenaElamin

Writer/Motivational Speaker

Ask forgiveness of Allah by Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

Allaah, the Most High, in encouragement of seeking forgiveness, and in making clear its excellence and its fruits both in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, refer to what Nūh عليه السلام‎ said:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

This tremendous āyah promises numerous benefits and offers important lessons for those who seek forgiveness and for those who constantly ask forgiveness for their sins.

It is related that a man came to al-Hasan al-Basrī رحمه الله‎ , the noble Taabi'ee, and complained to him of poverty. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

Another man came to him complaining that he did not have any children. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

A third man came to him complaining of the barrenness of his garden. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

He then recited to them the saying of Allāh, the Perfect and Most High:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

These then are some of the fruits of seeking forgiveness and some of its benefits in the worldly life.

The Explanation of The Dua of Seeking Forgiveness (Sayyidul Istaghfar) - Shaikh Dr. 'Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

شرح حديث سيد الاستغفار - للشيخ عبد الرزاق البدر حفظه الله

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If you have hatred in your heart, you are going to see hatred in everyone. If you have wisdom in your heart, you are going to find wisdom in everything. So your heart is important.
— 

~Sheykh Lokman Effendi Hz.

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This white woman was scared of a Muslim woman on her flight—but one conversation changed everything

Jiva Akbor, a Muslim woman, was sitting next to fellow passenger Beverly on a flight from Glasgow, Scotland, to Malaga, Spain. The plane was delayed, so Akbor started catching up on some texts, and at some point texted the word “Allah.” Her aisle buddy Beverly noticed, and Akbor wrote about what transpired on her Facebook page.

Akbor said that Beverly got up and refused to return to her seat, and when she finally did, said, “I saw you write a text message and you wrote Allah on it.” Akbor writes, “This lady was actually scared to sit next to me on this flight and had gone to tell the staff that she saw me write the word ‘Allah’ on a text message and wanted to now change seats—and probably wants me (my now-starting-to-get-a-sick-feeling-of-dread mind was telling me) removed from the flight too.”

However, instead of this turning into another story of a plane being grounded over baseless fears, the two had a life-changing conversation you have to read to believe. 

Keep Your Connection With The Friends Of Allah

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

If you are keeping your connection with the Awliya Allah (friends of Allah/ saints), in the middle of the fire they can come and they can pick you up, put you to safety. If you say, ‘I don’t need Awliya Allah,’ then we say, go ahead defend yourself. You don’t want the friends of Allah, meaning you don’t want Allah? Because Allah is saying, ‘My friends, anything they ask, I give. Anything they ask I give to them.’ On the Day of Judgement there will be a voice that calls out when everyone is terrified on the Day of Judgement, terrified. The voice will ask, ‘Is there any friend of Allah that these ones that they love that I can join him to that one. Is there anyone?’

So the love, people talking about love so much, love in religion, love of Allah, love this, loving that, if you don’t love whom Allah loves, forget about it finished. Because Allah created you for the love He has for those ones. Allah created this whole existence for the love of the Prophet (asws). Are you saying, ‘I don’t love the Prophet’? Are you saying, ‘I love only Allah?’ Allah says, ‘I reject your love.’ Of course. If you don’t love the Prophet, Allah will reject your love. Forget about love, Allah says, ‘I will not accept your thanks if you don’t thank the one who did something to you.’ Someone did something to you good and you don’t thank him, you thank Allah, Allah is saying, ‘I don’t accept it. I reject it.’ Yeah, Babullah, the doorway to Allah (swt).

-Sheykh Lokman Effendi Hz.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” Someone said, “But a man loves to have beautiful clothes and shoes.”


The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.”


In another narration, the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He will not enter Hellfire who has the weight of a seed of faith in his heart, and he will not enter Paradise who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.”

—  [(Source: Sahih Muslim 91) (Narrator: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه)]