A continuous survey of causes of “Islamophobia”. Conflicts in Muslim countries and terrorism are excluded. See here for explanation of survey.
No end in sight to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
A mob of more than 200 people set fire to a girls’ school in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday on accusations that one of the teachers of the school distributed “blasphemous” material to her sixth grade students.
West Ham residents reveal mega-mosque plan fears
“But the scale of this mosque is completely unsuitable for this location, I would feel the same if it was a church of that size”.
Mother murdered son for ‘failing to learn the Koran’
The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told
A Trip Through Hell – Daily Life in Islamist Northern Mali
…. Then Omar Ben Saïd, the senior executioner, pulls a knife out of its sheath. “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,” he calls out, takes the convicted man’s hand and begins to slice into it, as blood squirts out.
How families on both sides of the law face tough choices in Somalia
Relatives of murder victims must pardon the perpetrators, kill them or demand blood money – currently set at about $20,000.
Islamic world unleashes the demons of misogyny
The words of the Taliban’s chief spokesman …. A bullet had Malala’s name on it, he explained to the news media, because ”she has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it”. He also called her ”the symbol of the infidels and obscenity”.
Parents roast school over halal meat
A TOWN primary school sparked outrage after announcing plans to serve halal meat in meals to all pupils.
Survey exposes French anxieties over Islam
Six out of ten French people believe the influence of Islam in France is “too big” and 43 percent see the religion as a “threat” to national identity, according to the results of an opinion poll published on Thursday.
More women are getting married under religious law, unaware they lack legal rights
Religious quasi-courts run in parallel to British courts, but unlike our courts, they operate behind closed doors and make decisions that are likely to be unfair to women.
“I Will Answer Only to Allah”
Murat …. claimed that the attacks on the police officers were justified because the German state had allowed offensive images of the Prophet Mohammed to be shown in public.
Sharia courts ‘as consensual as rape’, House of Lords told
MUSLIM women in Britain are being forced to “live in fear” because of the spread of unofficial and unregulated sharia courts enforcing Islamic rules, the House of Lords was told.
Germany: Co-ed Swimming Goes to Court
In its ruling, the court said the girl could wear the full-body swimsuit (also known as the “burkini”), which is already being used by several other Muslim girls at her school, and that this solution would be sufficient to guarantee her religious freedom.
Egypt women face uncertain future as constitution draws near
…. The article causing a fury is Article 36 of the new Egyptian constitution (under the duties and freedom section) that states that both genders are equal, but there is a caveat, as long as Sharia law is not affected
Can Islam handle rational criticism?
…. the few Quranic verses that seemingly promote equality, peace and justice are more often than not overridden/nullified by later verses that validate such things as terrorism and legalistic restrictions on routine human and women’s rights.
Koran art exhibit pulled in France after near riot
…. on Tuesday evening, with no preventative measures in place, the video was projected onto the busy bridge and quickly attracted the attention of locals who gathered to try and stop people walking over the verses.
Court rules Muslim girl must take swim class
A German court on Friday refused to allow a Muslim student to skip swimming lessons after she said she was uncomfortable being so close to bare-chested boys.
Oslo Muslim prayer room veto censured
…. establishing a separate prayer room in Oslo schools is out of the question. The school is an institution of knowledge, not a religious one.
No males? No Mecca for you, ladies!
A DIPLOMATIC row has erupted between Nigeria and Saudia Arabia after hundreds of female pilgrims were detained when they arrived in the Islamic kingdom unaccompanied by men.
Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy
Islamic supremacists deny the right to make law that contradicts sharia in any way. That divide cannot be bridged; it’s too basic.
Rights groups condemn detention of atheist on blasphemy charges
Saber was originally arrested over claims that he published the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” on Facebook, but when it emerged that there was no evidence to support the claim, he was later charged on the basis of an atheist video that he had made.
Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister offers bounty
A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US.
Iran Cleric, Claims He Was Beaten Up By ‘Badly Veiled’ Woman
…. A cleric in the northern province of Semnan claims he received the beating of his lifetime last month after advising two women passing by a mosque to cover up.
The truth about Muhammad and Aisha
Critics allege that Aisha was just six years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad, himself in his 50s, and only nine when the marriage was consummated.
Did Mohammed have a sense of humour?
Ayatollah Khomeini …. once said: “An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.”
Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy
…. of course, it is only speech that offends Muslims which comes under progressive suspicion; the same liberals who insist that the tender sensitivities of Muslims be respected have no problem with speech that maligns religious Christians and Jews.
Freed Pakistani Christian girl ‘will need armoured vehicle to protect her
A lawyer representing a Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating the Qur’an who was granted bail on Friday said he will not push for her to be released from jail until her security can be guaranteed.
The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault
It’s about the fact that there needs to be real protection for women in Islamic societies, at home, on the streets, and in the workplace—not just miracle garments.
Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand
There is halal perfume, toothpaste, “beer” (it’s awful), bacon (delicious), cosmetics as well as “halal” hotels and holiday resorts. The definition of halal has become so broad, it seems to encompass everything that caters to Muslim sensibilities.
Guidelines on wife-beating
From bearded loon Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Rahman Mansour, on Al-Nas TV: Islam instructs a man to beat his wife as a last resort before divorce, so that she will mend her ways, treat him with kindness and respect, and know that her husband has a higher status than her.
Pakistan blasphemy case: ‘Muslims could take law into their own hands’
A lawyer representing the man who accused a Pakistani Christian girl of blasphemy has said that if she is not convicted, Muslims could “take the law into their own hands”.
Religious violence growing in Indonesia
Intra-Islamic religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia, says Dr Greg Fealy, an Australian specialist on Islam in the country.
Taliban behead 17 at dance event
The Taliban have beheaded 17 Afghans for attending a dance party that flouted Islamic extremist rules.
Muslim exhibition for women’s eyes only
A Lower Hutt art gallery is fielding complaints following the announcement that men will be banned from viewing an upcoming exhibition that shows Muslim women without veils.
Sharia poses problems, says judge
THE idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ”misconceived” and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night.
Iran Universities Ban Women From 77 Fields Of Study
Women are to be excluded from 77 BA and BSc courses at 36 Iranian universities in the coming year.
Copts in Upper Egypt Attacked, Beat, Plundered
Christian Copts in Upper Egypt are under attack, hours after a call for their eradication appeared in the form of leaflets calling on Muslims to kill Copts, specifically naming regions of Upper Egypt.
Schools Cease Teaching Holocaust, Demand Students Pray to Allah
A report by Britain’s Department for Education and Skills noted that an increasing number of schools are ceasing to teach the Holocaust in history lessons in order to avoid offending Muslim students.
Egyptian Muslims given sharia authorization to murder protestors
…. Noted Muslim cleric Hashem Islam Ali Islam stated that those who protest against President Mohammed Morsi later this month, can in good conscience and under Sharia law, kill the protestors.
Judge attacks forced marriage that put disabled woman ‘at risk’
A judge has said the forced marriage of a Muslim woman with learning difficulties should be annulled and condemned the “insulated” families who arrange them.
Muslim woman files suit against Disney over headscarf dispute
The ACLU is suing The Walt Disney Co. on behalf of a Muslim woman who claims the company discriminated against her by not allowing her to wear a headscarf while working in a Disney restaurant in Anaheim.
Saudi Arabia plans new city for women workers only
A women-only industrial city dedicated to female workers is to be constructed in Saudi Arabia to provide a working environment that is in line with the kingdom’s strict customs.
Halal abattoir meets growing opposition
The ‘Say NO to halal slaughter in Skegness’ facebook group was set up after it was announced a business practising the religious methods was preparing to move into the town’s Heath Road abattoir.
Should pre-marital sex be legal?
The editor of Morocco’s Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribia daily newspaper, Moktar el-Ghzioui, is living in fear for his life after he expressed support for pre-marital sex during a local television debate. “The next thing there was a cleric from Oujda releasing a fatwa that I should die,” he says.
Saudi Arabia’s female Olympians face cold return home
Her father, a judo referee who said he wanted his daughter to make “new history for Saudi’s women,” is reportedly incensed at conservative Saudis who showered her with racial slurs on Twitter and called her a “prostitute” for participating.
Veiled French Muslim woman charged with inciting riot
…. She allegedly said she did not have time and did not want to show her ID card and covered herself up with another veil as she walked away, the police source said, asking not to be named.
The centre, in the predominantly Asian area of Sparkhill, Birmingham, has defended the man ban, claiming Muslim mothers welcomed it for cultural reasons.
Equalities watchdog probes women-only nursery
Judge’s matrimonial ruling is bound to horrify sharia law proponents
…. According to this report, in traditional Muslim societies there is often no expectation that the ex-husband will pay maintenance to the divorced wife and that she has to look to her extended family for support.
Churches Should Not Be Built In Islamic Countries, Say Preachers
…. Furthermore, Sheikh Sayed A-Rifae Al-Husseini expressed displeasure towards Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the Municipality for approving the construction of a new church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, stressing that it is not permissible as per the Sharia.
Veiled women are face of new channel
Maria TV is run primarily by women. …. Shrouded in long flowing black robes and scarves known as niqabs, with black gloves to match – the women are distinguishable only by their voices and the slits for their eyes.
Tony Blair: ‘The West is asleep on the issue of Islamist extremism’
…. ”We must engage, but also challenge,’’ he warns. The Middle East ”won’t achieve democracy unless it understands that democracy is a way of thinking as well as voting. The key question is how the majority treats the minority.’’
LGBTs, liberalism, pluralism are enemies of Islam
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community along with liberalism and pluralism were today branded as enemies of Islam by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. “LGBTs, pluralism, liberalism? all these ‘isms’ are against Islam and it is compulsory for us to fight these,” he said.
Muslim men in Egypt demand to wear beards
…. All over the country, Muslim men are demanding to wear beards – and Muslim women the hijab hair covering – in police stations, banks, airliners, television news programs and other places where they have long been banned by law or custom.
Muslim Congressman: Islam in America Must Not Retreat
America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Koran. …. in places like Pakistan where they abound, they don’t seem to be producing a wealth of world-class scholars or highly-trained professionals, but they do seem to produce a virulent hatred of things un-Islamic.
Many Islamist men don’t understand imperative of consent
Women are “raw meat” waiting to be devoured by men because of their dress, declared an Australian imam in 2006.
How Political Correctness Is Transforming British Education
In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class.
Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops
…. Regular officers and members of the “morality police” raided 87 cafes and restaurants in a single district of the capital Tehran on Saturday and arrested women for flouting the Islamic dress code, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).
Son: Iranian dad arrested for my Facebook posts
…. a 25-year-old Iranian says his Facebook activity has led to his father’s detention in a notorious prison in Tehran. And now he’s struggling to find a way to free him.
Concerns over mosque leader’s polygamy post
A vulnerable Melbourne Muslim woman who was desperately seeking advice about her marriage has been told polygamy is better than divorce, it has been claimed.
Pakistan Lynching a ‘Chilling Reminder’ of Dangers of Blasphemy Laws
Amnesty International today demanded that members of a baying mob who lynched a man accused of breaching Pakistan’s blasphemy laws be brought to justice as a matter of urgency.
Lankan facing death for worshipping Buddha statue
Bodu Bala Sena says a Sri Lankan youth is facing death for having worshipped a Buddha statue in Saudi Arabia.
Suez knifing stirs fears of ‘moral’ policing in Egypt
Twenty-year-old engineering student Ahmed Said was stabbed to death on Sunday in the Egyptian canal city of Suez – allegedly by bearded men – while walking with his fiancée.
Numbers Count: Why Religious Population Growth Underpins the Islamist Surge
In a 2005 ARDA youth survey, 94% of young Saudis favoured a system of government where ‘religious authorities have absolute power.’
‘We’re going to destroy everything before we apply Sharia in this city’
Islamist rebels say they will continue to destroy historic sites in Timbuktu before they implement strict Sharia law, as Mali’s government compared the destruction to “war crimes”.
Amsterdam Gets a Harsh Lesson in Islam 101
…. By the end of the evening, al-Haddad had made it absolutely clear that he supported the gradual implementation of sharia law in the West – starting with relatively innocuous-seeming stuff like divorce tribunals and Islamic finance, then moving bit by bit into ever more serious territory.
Art show riot reflects religious divide in new Tunisia
Tunisian artists have gone to ground since Salafi Islamists broke into Abdeliya Palace on June 10 and destroyed a handful of works at the Printemps des Arts fair to protest against art they deemed insulting to Islam, then ran riot for days.
No racial hatred charges for British Sharia law expert
…. Anti-Islam campaigner Ehsan Jami had called for legal action against al-Haddad after he told the debate ex Muslims deserve the death penalty, as outlined in Sharia law.
Islamic Mediators and Germany’s ‘Two Legal Systems’
Islamic Mediators and Germany’s ‘Two Legal Systems’
…. imams and arbitrators in Berlin, the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein apply Sharia law on a daily basis, even though it is sometimes incompatible with the German constitution and German family law.
Bangers ban in hundreds of schools
Pork is being banned from school dinners even where the majority of parents have no religious objection to it.
Why Islamism cannot be pluralistic
…. That is the heart of the matter in the political war between secular and non-secular Muslims; between Muslims who peacefully practice their faith and Islamists who violently and non-violently enforce their practices on others.
Prison term for Indonesian atheist who posted views on religion online
…. In passing the sentence, the presiding judge Eka Prasetya Budi Dharma told the the Muaro Sijunjung district court in western Sumatra that Aan had “caused anxiety to the community and tarnished Islam”.
UK: Automated poultry slaughter rejected by Islamic scholars
Leading Islamic scholars in the UK have unanimously rejected the automated slaughter of halal poultry, insisting each bird must be killed with a hand held knife.
20 churches in Aceh face threat of demolition
…. Worse still, Eva said, was a local edict that forbade Muslims from approving the construction of houses of worship other than mosques, which made it impossible for the churches to fulfill the requirements.
Somali workers walk out of Minnesota bakery in protest of new dress code
…. the owner of Dianne’s Fine Desserts, told the Faribault Daily News that the new guidelines were installed for safety concerns. Somali workers, however, call the new rules an attack on their Muslim religion.
Sudan’s haphazard sharia legal system has claimed too many victims
Last month Intisar Sharif Abdullah, a young mother, was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning in Khartoum.
Kuwaiti gets 10 years for Twitter blasphemy
A court sentenced a 26-year-old Kuwaiti to 10 years in prison on Monday after ruling that he had endangered state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on social media, his lawyer said.
Polygamy in Islam: The women victims of multiple marriage
…. “As a Muslim woman I’m supposed to keep a low profile. I feel like I’ve committed a crime here although I’m the victim.
Stand-off as Islamic Police Enforce Dress Code in Indonesia’s Aceh
Religious police in Indonesia’s Aceh province, where Islamic law is in force, stopped and reprimanded 53 people on Wednesday during a patrol to enforce the Muslim dress code, sparking a stand-off with some residents.
‘Allah’s enemy!’ Radio host slash-attacked for anti-Islam rant on air
A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal. Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air.
MPs want curbs on ‘unacceptable’ religious slaughter
The government is facing renewed calls to curb the slaughtering of animals that have not first been rendered unconscious – a debate that pits religious sensitivities against the convictions of animal welfare campaigners.
Malaysia bans and confiscates Irshad Manji book
…. Manji, who advocates for progressive reforms in Islam, first rose to fame with her book The Trouble with Islam Today, which is also banned in Malaysia.
Iranian rapper in hiding, but defiant after call for his death
The Iranian-born rapper marked for death for insulting a ninth-century imam and criticizing Tehran’s regime as corrupt is determined to press his message to young fans, according to the German author who hid Shahin Najafi in his home.
Radical Islamists urge bigger role for Islam in Tunisia
Waving black flags embossed with Islamic verses, thousands of radical Islamists rallied in the central Tunisian town of Kairouan on Sunday to demand a wider role for religion in a country long considered one of the Arab world’s most secular
From Democracy to Sharia
Their tightening grip has translated into brutalizing dhimmitude for Christians and increasing intolerance of Shiism — which the Sunni leaders perceive less as Islam than as apostasy, an offense that sharia counts as more grievous than treason.
Toronto school board right to shut religious program for anti-Jewish material
…. Among other things, they referred to Jews as “treacherous” and “crafty” and accused them of “conspiring to kill the Prophet Muhammad.”
Uncovering Early Islam
… whereas the Koran insists that Mohammed did not perform miracles, the hadith ascribes him thaumaturgic powers — multiplying food, healing the injured, drawing water from the ground and sky, and even sending lightning from his pickax. Which is it?
Islam does democracy, but what about liberty?
…. there are illiberal democracies, too, where the majority’s power isn’t checked by constitutional liberalism and the rights and freedoms of all citizens are not secured.
City slammed for ‘special treatment’ of Muslim kids
A Swedish school district has sparked outrage for striking a deal with local Muslim groups ensuring Muslim students can skip out on overnight class trips and Muslim girls don’t have to be naked when showering at school.
Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill
The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups.
DM Digital censured by Ofcom for inciting violence and is to be considered for sanction
Under the guidance from Islamic texts it is evident that if a Muslim apostatises, then it is not right to wait for the authorised courts; anyone may kill him. An apostate deserves to be killed and any man may kill him. For this, you do not need to contact the authorised courts.
UK Muslims split over halal slaughter ban proposal
…. “unwitting members of the public” in Britain are being served halal meat “secretly” in schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues, claiming that many in Britain, including animal rights campaigners, deem the traditional Islamic way of preparing meat as “cruel.”
…. Sharia courts that dish out verdicts based on hardline Islamic law operate outside our justice system.
We Get Exclusive Access to UK’s Hidden Sharia Courts
Divorce, Saudi style: Man splits with ‘disobedient’ wife during live broadcast
The unnamed man said his wife “offended his manhood” by traveling from the Saudi port city of Jeddah to the capital Riyadh for a business conference, alone and without his approval.
Islamic teacher under fire for calling on Welsh muslims to support fight for sharia law abroad
Abu Hajar, of Grangetown, Cardiff, is one of the leaders of the Islamic group Supporters of Tawheed, which on its website says its core belief is the “domination of the world by Islam”.
Why Arab women still ‘have no voice’
She is largely skeptical of recent developments and says, if anything, the Arab Spring has only highlighted the continuing “second-class citizenship” of women in the region.
Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany
A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.
…. France, home to the largest Islamic population in Western Europe, was estimated in 2006 to host 16,000 to 20,000 polygamous families — almost all Muslim — containing 180,000 total people, including children.