A continuous survey of causes of “Islamophobia”. It concentrates on news concerning Beliefs and Practices, Freedom of Speech, Religious Freedom, Integration or Multiculturalism, Organisations and Politics, Sharia, and Women and Islam. The “War on Terror”, Terrorism, the Israeli/Palestinian issue and ongoing conflicts in Muslim countries are excluded. See here for explanation of survey.
‘A Koran in every home’ project makes waves
A project by Salafist Muslims to give away 25 million German-language Korans across the country – by post and in town centres, has been slammed by a conservative politician calling it a disturbance of the religious peace.
Mosque in gay-hate row opens a new fee-paying school where pupils will memorise the Koran and speak Arabic
Pupils will be expected to memorise the Koran and wear traditional Pakistani uniforms when it opens in Birmingham this September, with fees of £3,500 a year.
Handshake Muslim loses court case
Enait had applied for the job at the social services department but said he would not shake hands with women on religious grounds. However, he would greet them in another respectful fashion, he said.
Religious right in Egypt hoping for Islamic law
The men gathering outside the yellow mosque agreed: Adulterers should be stoned to death, the hands of thieves cut off.
Egypt: Christian jailed for insulting Islam
An Egyptian Christian teenager has been sentenced to three years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam.
Islam Conquers European Football
…. Real Madrid, has removed a Christian cross from its official logo as a way to strengthen its fan base among Muslims in Europe and the Middle East
‘Toulouse killer is one of us’
…. grandchildren of North African immigrants are turning to Islam as a form of social protest.
Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages
… her gender prevents her from unilaterally divorcing her husband, instead the Imam told her to return to her husband, perform her wifely duties and maintain the abusive marriage that she was forced into.
Two teachers arrested over blasphemy
Police in Bangladesh said yesterday they had arrested two school teachers on suspicion of staging a drama containing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.
Cashier uncomfortable handling handling pork or alcohol
…. They’ve put up a sign asking customers buying pork or alcohol not to use a particular checkout line when a Muslim teenager is on duty as the cashier.
And not a woggle in sight: The new Scout uniform for Muslim girls
Looks like integration has gone out the window then, along with Scouting tradition. Bending over backward to appease the minority, yet again, how typical.
MPs [in Kuwait] move to toughen penalty for blasphemy
…. “the death penalty or life imprisonment to those who publicly insult God Almighty (Divine Entity) or Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) or his wives by words, writings, drawings, or pictures or any other means of expression ….
Kuwait arrests man over Prophet Mohammad tweets
Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man late on Tuesday for insulting the Prophet Mohammad via his Twitter account
400 women and girls held in Afghanistan for ‘moral crimes’
The report by Human Rights Watch found many inmates had fled a forced marriage, or violent husbands and in-laws.
Muslim girls must swim with boys: Swiss court
A Muslim family in Basel has been fined 1,400 francs ($1,550) for refusing to let its daughters participate in mixed swimming classes.
Letchworth taxi driver cautioned after refusing Stevenage blind man’s guide dog
…. he was told by Mr Hasan he would not take the dog because he was a Muslim and wouldn’t breathe in dog hairs.
Tariq Ramadan: Mohamed Merah not “driven by racism and anti-Semitism”
…. Any Western failure to make the adjustment, acceptance and recognition is proof of misunderstanding of Islam and victimisation of Muslims. Islam has nothing to learn from the West, but the West must learn from Islam.
‘Destroy All the Churches’
…. Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declares that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula ….
Sharia Law in the UK: Threat to Women and Children
…. ‘Polygamy is already happening,’ she said. ‘It means Britain has two parallel legal systems, one which does not permit bigamy and the other which does.’
Massacre of emos in Iraq goes to core of a damaged society
…. Starting last year, mosques and the media both began raising the alarm about youthful immorality, calling the emos deviants and devil worshippers. In early February, somebody began killing people.
Keep corrupt regimes out of British culture
…. The British Museum’s current Hajj exhibition charts the history of Mecca as a destination for pilgrims with the wariness of a conscript crossing a minefield. The exhibition sticks to the authorised version of “religious scholars”.
Muslim Persecution of Christians
…. some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their native Egypt since the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; and in northern regions of Nigeria, where the jihadi group, Boko Haram, has been slaughtering Christians, up to 95% of the Christian population has fled.
One rule for Jesus, another for Muhammad?
…. the satirical musical depicted Jesus as a petulant overgrown baby in a nappy, I put it to him that the BBC wouldn’t dream of broadcasting something comparably satirical about the Prophet Muhammad.
Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism
…. the quotes condoning domestic violence and marital rape from ‘judges’ of both the Islamic Sharia Council and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal
Freedom of speech under fire?
…. a man from Gainsborough has been given a one year prison sentence for displaying posters critical of Islam. It is claimed that he ‘plastered his front window with vile anti-Islamic hate literature’:
Freedom of speech according to the BBC
…. “for a Muslim, a depiction…of the Prophet Mohammed might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography.” He added that “secularists” fail “to understand…what blasphemy feels like to someone who is a realist in their religious belief.”
Sharia law in Australia already a reality
…. A Muslim man who divorces his wife is supposed to give her a financial settlement but many ignore this; while a woman who seeks a divorce against her husband’s wishes has no financial rights and, worse still, has to pay back the dowry he paid when they married
Fireman Sam and the day freedom went up in smoke
…. Here are the words: ‘If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.’
Saudi culture to blame
It seems that when the green flag of Saudi Arabia is paraded at the London Olympic Games opening ceremony, it will be followed by men alone
Tattoo photo puts Malaysia newspaper on defensive
The publishing of a photo that included an American singer tattooed with the Arabic word “Allah” has forced Malaysia’s the Star newspaper to apologize after anger fomented in the country.
Father tries to set 23-year-old daughter alight
…. The father was apparently annoyed that the woman planned to go out with a group of friends that evening and considered her “too emancipated”. The newspaper quoted a source describing him as a “Muslim fundamentalist.”
Censorship persists: Egypt authorities ban screening of ‘taboo’ movie
Egyptian film-makers and critics denounced the authorities on Monday for blocking the screening of a “taboo” film about a love story between a Christian woman and a Muslim man.
The terror continues in Iran
…. the security authorities of Iran have been taking action against the growth of Christianity and house church movement in Iran and have arrested many believers.
Is Sharia Law Compatible with Democracy?
…. The question has arisen of whether legal decisions based on cultural values at odds with democratic principles be accepted and incorporated into laws of democratic countries in the name of religious freedom.
A Global War on Christians in the Muslim World?
Inter-religious and inter-communal tensions and conflicts from Nigeria and Egypt and Sudan, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia have raised major concerns about deteriorating rights and security for religious minorities in Muslim countries.
How “Islamic” government works in London
…. The PCC ruled that it was “not misleading” to describe Rahman as “closely linked” to the extremist Islamic group, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), who control the East London Mosque.
…. over 90% of women in Egypt have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – the highest rate anywhere in the world.
Religious police swoop on Valentine’s Day lovers
…. The religious authorities say Muslims who take part in Valentine’s Day are in fact weak, lacking imagination, and far removed from the “sublime and virtuous” objectives of their religion.
The Problem of Sharia Law in Britain
…. deep concerns about the discrimination Muslim women suffer in Sharia courts, particularly in cases involving child custody and domestic violence.
Muslims jailed over gay-hate leaflet
Three men have been jailed after becoming the first to be convicted of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation for handing out a leaflet calling for gay people to be executed.
Islamists in Egypt halt filming of TV series
The students had objected to the “indecent” clothing, it said, and “categorically refused” to let the filming continue unless the costumes were changed.
Egyptian Presidential Candidate Says No Freedom in Islam
…. being a Muslim is like being a member of the military; you must obey all its dictates, including dress codes.
Saudi activists sue government over driving ban
Two Saudi female activists have filed law suits against the government for refusing to issue them driver’s licences and banning them from driving a car.
Islam, honour, murder
…. the Shafia case and the murder of four innocent women, some of them mere girls, by their Muslim father, their Muslim mother, and their Muslim brother.
Iranian Court Upholds Death Sentence for Software Designer
…. Malekpour is charged with “insulting the sanctity of Islam” and “corruption on earth,” two regularly invoked grounds for execution in Iran ….
Muslim arbitration in Germany
Mediating disputes is an age-old tradition in the Arab world, which is also practiced in Germany. But experts warn of the danger of a parallel, Muslim judiciary.
Calls to Behead Indonesian Atheist Alexander Aan
…. Muslim extremists have called for Aan to be beheaded but fellow atheists have rallied round, and urged him to stand by his convictions despite the pressure
Sharia creep at the LSE
…. “The London School of Economics [LSE] Student Union has passed a motion effectively making it impossible for students on campus to criticize Islam.”
Canadian jury finds Afghan family guilty of ‘honour killings’
Prosecutors said the defendants killed the three teenage sisters because they felt they had dishonoured the family by defying its strict rules on dress, dating, socialising and using the internet.
Muslim car-pool service
…. he thought of the idea because of complaints he heard that regular carpools don’t implement gender discrimination.
Tunisia’s Blasphemy Law Sparks Mob Violence
Karoui …. is charged with “violating sacred values” and “disturbing public order” for airing Persepolis, the award-winning animated film about the 1979 Iranian revolution that depicts God as a bearded old man.
Norway: Two Iranian converts attacked, called ‘kuffar’
Two Iranians who converted from Islam to Christianity were stabbed by masked me in Haugesund last week. The attacker shouted ‘Kuffar’ (Arabic for non-believer) during the attack.
Strong religious belief is no excuse for intimidation
…. Most people in the UK don’t condone violence, but a worrying number think we should be careful around individuals with strong religious beliefs
Indonesian atheist attacked, charged with blasphemy after denying God’s existence on Facebook
Indonesian police say a civil servant who posted “God does not exist” on Facebook faces a maximum penalty of five years behind bars for blasphemy.
Why British Muslim women can’t find a Muslim marriage partner
As a white male, if my essential criteria for marrying someone was that they be white and of the same religion then the Guardian would consider me something of a bigot would it not?
Dangerous tightrope that Saudi women walk
A woman must carry around a permission slip from a man to function in Saudi society.
Haitham Al Haddad’s Sharia “Court” in the News
…. the senior cleric of Britain’s main Islamic sharia court, Abu Sayeed considers it “not Islamic” to classify non-consensual marital sex as rape and prosecute offenders.
Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims
”We have spoken to many women and all of them tell us the same story; Sharia law is not providing them with the justice they seek. The councils are dominated by men, who are making judgements in favour of men”
British worker faces jail in Abu Dhabi for making comment “insulting Islam”
A British engineer is facing a month in jail after he told colleagues in a meeting, ‘When will we finish with the damn mosques?’
Scientific proof that women cannot talk and remember at the same time
…. under Sharia law a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s so you always need two women for every man, not just in financial transactions – as its proponents deceptively say (as if that’s not bad enough)….
Egypt Copt tycoon faces trial for religious tweet
…. faces trial for insulting religion after tweeting a caricature of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Islamic garb.
How Punjab governor’s killer became a hero
“We are just grateful that God chose a member of our family to protect the reputation of the Prophet.”
Religiously Sanctioned Paedophilia
The Director General of the Census Bureau in Hormozgan announced that there had been five marriages of girls under the age of 10 in the Iranian province.
Bosnia’s Muslims urged to “boycott New Year”
By taking part …. they would “violate Allah’s boundaries, and do something their master hates and despises”.
Women are not for battering
The physical chastisement of a woman is widely regarded in our society as a man’s entitlement and a woman’s just desert.
Iran Detains Sunday School Kids Celebrating Christmas
Iranian authorities raided a church that was celebrating Christmas and detained everyone in the building, including children attending Sunday school, a U.K.-based Christian charity said.
Ahmadinejad steps into Iran’s dress-code debate
Though leading Shiite Muslim clerics advise women to wear chadors — the traditional head-to-toe cloak, usually black — Iran’s urban fashionistas increasingly prefer tight-fitting coats and scant head scarves.
Extremist Teachings Remain in Saudi Textbooks Despite Kingdom’s Claims of Reform
…. the textbooks call for homosexuals to be put to death “because they pose a danger at society, as the Saudi school books teaches.
Muslim kindergartener permitted to block out music
…. the principal of Bienville School decided to grant the accommodation request made by a Muslim family and allow their daughter to block out music at school.
A happy extremist Christmas at the East London Mosque
One of his previous appearances there was at an event to pronounce music a “social ill.” Haitham has also described music as a “prohibited and fake message of love and peace.”
Islam’s abominations are too obvious for you to excuse
Proponents will dishonestly say that stoning is not mentioned in the Koran knowing full well that is mentioned in the Hadith and that it is part and parcel of Sharia law
What’s Islam Got to Do with It?
He advocated that Muslims begin by transforming the states in which they live into “Islamic states.”
Senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader says Turkey’s secularism not suitable for Arab states
Turkey’s model of “secular Islam” was a version of western liberal democracy and is unacceptable for countries going through an “Islamic awakening”
Inside a Muslim primary school
Jonathan Romain of the Accord Coalition tells Khan of his fear that such schools ghettoise children and fail to prepare them for a multicultural society
Saudi woman beheaded for ‘sorcery’
A Saudi woman was beheaded Monday after being convicted of practising sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the Interior Ministry said.
Independent Muslim schools are not divisive says headmistress
Yes, religious based schooling worked so well in Northern Ireland when it came to healing the divides in society.
Face veils banned for citizenship oaths
The government is placing a ban on face coverings such as niqabs for people swearing their oath of citizenship, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday.
Muslim Brotherhood’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi calls for “gradualism” in applying Sharia
…. after all, now that you have allowed this, why not that? Or, oh, wait: we can’t fully exercise the power we’ve been allowed without this or that additional authority.
Contrary to Sharia
…. a number of clerics issued a fatwa …. which stated that defining an age for marriage is contrary to Sharia and that “God had legitimized marriage to safeguard births and their protection.”
Turkish government’s filter censors “evolution”
Sites that include the words “evolution” or “Darwin” are filtered if parents select the child-friendly settings on the filter, as though it’s porn.
Hertz to fight Muslim workers’ suit over prayer breaks
Hertz says the drivers, all of them Somali natives, refused to clock in and out for the 10-minute paid breaks they took twice daily, as required under their union contract, and abused their breaks by failing to return to work promptly.
Can traditional Islam adapt to the needs of western Muslims?
…. Muslim clerics have a long way to go in order to make Islam relevant to the needs of the diasporic communities of the west.
How calling someone a “white bitch” is not racist and being a drunken Muslim saves you from jail
They were spared a jail sentence after their defence lawyer claimed that as Muslims they were unused to drinking.
Silent Victims: Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws Worldwide
Numerous Islamic clerics have declared that if the government will not follow through on her death sentence, they themselves will finish the job.
Niqab case: Religious freedom vs. right to fair trial?
During the preliminary inquiry, she asked to testify with her face-covered, based on her Muslim beliefs – a request denied by the judge.
Australian man sentenced to 500 lashes for blasphemy
An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison after being convicted of blasphemy by judges in Saudi Arabia.
Belgium: Teacher suspended for discriminating against students without headscarves
One student said that Mohammed had told her that her mother would burn in hell because her mother was Catholic. Another that the teacher reproached her, a Muslim girl, for walking hand-in-hand with a boy.
A French minister of Arab origin says ‘there is no such thing as moderate Islam’
“There are no half measures with sharia,” she added. “I am a lawyer and you can make all the theological, literal or fundamental interpretations of it that you like but law based on sharia is inevitably a restriction on freedom, especially freedom of conscience.”
Muslims call for women only exercise facilities
MUSLIM women are calling on Hounslow Council to provide more female only exercise facilities. They say that due to religious constraints they can not exercise when there is a man about, even if he is the instructor.
Tunisian secularists protest at Islamists on campus
Tunisian universities went on strike and nearly 3,000 people protested against Islamist influence Thursday after religious hardliners occupied a campus to demand segregation of male and female students.
Appeasing Islamist radicals imperils Western freedoms
The source of this growing movement against free speech is the anti-blasphemy laws that are being passed in predominantly Muslim countries.
‘Excessively strict’ discipline problem in UK madrassas
Researchers said the imposition of hard-line rules on behaviour instilled a sense of “spiritual fear” in young people, marking them out from mainstream schools.
Should animals be stunned before slaughter?
A study of the issue commissioned by the Dutch government in 2008 concluded that “ritual slaughter has a number of negative aspects for the animals when compared to conventional procedures where a stun is performed prior to slaughter”.
Egyptian shaykh says it is forbidden for women to participate in the Olympics
He also described it as a slippery slope which could lead to women taking off their hijabs or tightening their clothes.
Democrats must welcome the rise of political Islam
This is a bit like saying in the 1930s that the nazis were going to be a major force in Germany so we should all learn to “work with them”.
Arab Spring turning into a winter of Islamic jihad
For far from paving the way for freedom and pluralism, the uprisings have led only to more intolerance, authoritarianism and division.
Muslim handbook is divisive
…. there is no similar handbook for other religious or ethnic groups, not for Buddhists, Taoists, Germans, Greeks, Sikhs, Mormons or vegans. Why encourage one group of people to maintain an identity separate from other Australians?
Even among men?
In general, singing is completely prohibited. Islamic law prohibits singing because it constitutes falsehood. Singing includes all kinds of lyrics that attribute false things to the other…
Saudi Islam and the abrogation of personal responsibility
Where clerics demand the covering of women’s eyes – their eyes – because this is supposedly the only way to stop men from committing sin, they have effectively admitted that the entire belief system they promote is utterly ineffective.
Brussels: One of Europe’s largest Muslim cities
25% of the residents of Brussels are of Muslim origin, which makes Brussels one of the European cities with the largest Muslim presence, comparable to Birmingham in the UK.
‘Muslims need to assimilate into Europe’
European culture and Islamic culture have different ethos and both are bound to collide unless there is assimilation and compromise.
Nude photo of Egyptian blogger is a scream against Islamism
…. posted naked pictures of herself on her blog to show her “screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”.
Baroness Warsi: Anjem Choudary and co are not Muslims
…. the argument that there is somehow a “proper” form of Islam that can be contrasted with extremist forms….
…The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that sharia law is not compatible with democracy.
Judge rejects Sharia push
Sharia Law would not take into account what Australian family law regards as “the child’s best interests”.
Police Detain, Beat Converts from Islam in India
Police in India’s Kashmir Valley detained and beat converts from Islam and were expected to arrest Christian workers after Muslim leaders alleged that Muslim youth were being “lured” to Christianity.
US Commission: Pakistan Schools Teach Hatred
The report specifically said Pakistani teachers view religious minorities, especially Hindus and to a lesser extent, Christians, as “enemies of Islam.”
Extremism is a problem and we need to get better at discussing it
…. There is an element of truth to the claim British Muslims have traditionally been reluctant to publicly condemn extremism unconditionally.
Denmark: Muslim women face trouble getting divorced
…. The report confirms that there are Muslim women in Denmark who experience violence, harassment and social isolation because their husband won’t give up on the religious marriage.
Charlie Hebdo & the taboo on criticising Islam
…. Islam will continue on its present retrograde path, increasingly dominated by conservatives and those who use the religion as a vehicle of political power.
FOSIS has ‘failed to challenge extremist ideologies’
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made an unexpectedly strong attack on the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis) during his speech to the Community Security Trust.
French paper reprints Mohammad cartoon after fire-bomb
A French satirical weekly whose office was fire bombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country’s leading newspapers.
Unstunned slaughter to continue in Australia
On the agenda was calls by animal welfare groups for the removal of exemptions that allow 12 Australian abattoirs to slaughter animals without prior stunning on religious and cultural grounds.
MP ‘threatened at mosque surgery’
…. it happened at North Finchley mosque in north London as he met constituents on Friday afternoon. Mr Freer said about 12 people forced their way inside, with one of them calling him a “Jewish homosexual pig”.
mypeace on TV – “islamic values”
…. this verse is followed by and conjoined to a verse which calls for killing, crucifying, and chopping off fingers and limbs of those who oppose Allah and Muhammad ‘in the land’.
Malaysia’s minorities fear Islamic law changes
There are two Malaysias. One for the Muslim majority – the other for Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and non-Muslims.
It’s not bigotry to criticise Islam
…. some Muslims in Britain are creating enclaves governed largely according to their own rules; and that smaller, more radical elements are advocating an Islamic society under sharia law.
Pakistan judge Pervez Ali Shah ‘flees death threats’
A Pakistani judge who convicted a Muslim extremist of murder has fled to Saudi Arabia after getting death threats, his colleagues say.