19 June 2016

Businessman launches website to find himself TWO more wives - But boss behind SecondWife.com and Polygamy.com says he is promoting family values

A dating website has been set up to help men find SECOND WIVES, and already has 35,000 members - most of them from the West Midlands.

It has proved so successful among Muslim men that another site, this time for Westerners, has opened for business – and is especially popular with women. The man behind SecondWife.com is Azad Chaiwala, who insisted the service promoted fidelity, morality and old-fashioned family values.

.... The law surrounding multiple wives in the UK is clear.

It is illegal, with bigamy carrying a maximum prison sentence of seven years.

Chiawala stressed, however, that he was not promoting a criminal act.

His religion allows a man to have up to four wives, as long as they are in agreement with the arrangement, the internet guru maintained.

Those tangled relationships can be celebrated through a civil-style ceremony in mosques but cannot be cemented through a legal, western service.

“This is my wedding, I do not need to have a piece of paper,” Chiawala said.

“Is it illegal to have a mistress?” [Birmingham Mail] Read more

The Impact of Islamic Fundamentalism on Free Speech

The 57-member-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have been working hard for years to render Islam the only religion, political system and ideology in the world that may not be questioned with impunity.

They have tried -- and are in many respects succeeding -- to ring-fence Islam as a creed beyond criticism, while reserving for themselves the right to condemn Christians, Jews, Hindus, democrats, liberals, women and gays in often vile, even violent language.

Should anyone say anything that seems to them disrespectful of their faith, he or she will at once be declared an "Islamophobe." [Gatestone Institute] Read more

Turkish Radiohead fans attacked for 'consuming alcohol'

Turkish police have fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of people protesting after an attack on Radiohead fans for attending a listening party in an Istanbul record shop and "drinking beer" during Ramadan.

Unidentified attackers, apparently upset that people were listening to music and consuming alcohol during the Muslim holy month, forcibly entered the Velvet Indieground record shop, shouted at employees and beat fans of Radiohead with pipes on Friday, according to Turkish media reports.

Skirmishes between police and protesters broke out on Saturday near the shop as hundreds of people rallied against the previous night's attack.

Several people were detained, the DPA news agency reported, while Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd.

The protesters shouted "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!" and denounced President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a "thief" and a "killer". [Al Jazeera English] Read more

18 June 2016

Ofsted warn of 'music act of devil' leaflet found during Muslim school inspection

Ofsted has criticised an Islamic independent school, after inspectors found leaflets which claimed music and dancing were "acts of the devil".

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham after having previously rated the school as "inadequate".

Inspectors said pupils were not being protected from "extreme views".

But the school rejected this saying the leaflets were not in the school, but in a "mosque adjacent to the school".

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said the allegations would be urgently investigated and that action would be taken against schools "promoting twisted ideologies".

"These leaflets should have no place in any school - and we will not hesitate to take strong action when schools focus on ideological indoctrination rather than a high-quality education," said the DFE spokeswoman. [BBC] Read more

17 June 2016

Norway Salafist: 'Homosexual death penalty' misunderstood

Islam Net, which was founded by Qureshi in 2008, holds information meetings across Norway – known for their separation of men and women – which, according to the organisation’s web site, aim to make information about Islam more accessible for the public.

In a recording from one such meeting in 2013, Qureshi appears to say that supporting the death sentence for homosexuals, as well as stoning to punish adultery, was not an extreme view for Muslims but a mainstream one.

Qureshi told NRK News Radio show Dagsnytt 18 on Thursday that the video had been misunderstood, and that he expressed himself in a way that could be misinterpreted.

The former engineering student referred to the context in which stoning is mentioned in Islamic law and said that such punishments did not fit with modern Norwegian society. [The Local] Read more

Pakistan bans Ramadan TV shows for discussing blasphemy

Two Ramadan shows broadcast by private news channels in Pakistan were taken off air Friday by regulators for discussing blasphemy laws.

The channels, 'Aaj News' and 'TV One', were said by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to have violated its code of conduct by promoting sectarian views and disgracing the holy month of Ramadan.

"An immediate ban has been imposed on TV One's programme Ishq-e-Ramazan (hosted by Shabbir Abu Talib) and Aaj News programme Ramazan Hamara Iman (hosted by Hamza Ali Abbasi)," a PEMRA statement said.

.... In his show earlier this week, actor and activist Hamza Ali Abbasi discussed the alleged oppression of the Ahmadi community and blasphemy laws.

The discussion triggered debate on social media, while Islamic cleric Allama Kokab Noorani threatened Hamza with "terrible consequences" for raising the topics.

Pakistan has extremely strict laws against blasphemy, including the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, and rights campaigners say they are often used to settle personal disputes in a country where 97 percent of the population is Muslim. [Daily Mail] Read more

Bulgaria set to ban niqabs and burqas in crackdown on the face veil

Bulgaria is set to ban niqabs and burqas in a crackdown on women wearing face veils in public places.

A new bill, which was tabled by the nationalist Patriotic Front party (PF), was backed by 108 MPs, with just eight voting against it and no abstentions, at its first reading.

Bulgaria's second-largest opposition party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), attempted to postpone the reading by suggesting the measures be covered in counter-terrorism legislation instead, but the calls were rejected. [The Independent] Read more

Muslim faith school says Ofsted inspectors are racist after reports slams them over leaflets branding music and dancing 'acts of the devil'

A Muslim faith school has accused Ofsted of racism after the watchdog slams posters branding music and dancing as 'acts of the devil'

The Darul Uloom Islamic High School said the leaflets - described by Ofsted as evidence of safeguarding weakness - were not found on its premises but at the rear door of an adjacent mosque.

And the independent school in Small Heath, Birmingham, has alleged that an Ofsted inspector angrily refused to take off their shoes during a recent inspection, describing them as 'extremely belligerent' throughout the visit.

Ofsted said a large pile of copies of the leaflet were found in May in areas shared by the mosque and school and used by pupils.

The latest Ofsted report, published this week, said: 'Leaders and staff have had training in preventing extremism and radicalisation, and been given the latest Government safeguarding guidance. [Daily Mail] Read more

16 June 2016

Half of Turkish Germans hold Islam above state law

The survey provides an often contradictory picture of social attitudes among Germany’s 2.7 million people of Turkish origin.

A total of 47 percent of the 1,201 respondents said that “following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.”

But the study also reveals that this viewpoint is much more firmly held by the first generation (57 percent agreement) - Turks who emigrated to Germany - than by their offspring (36 percent agreement among 2nd and 3rd generation Turks).

One in three respondents, meanwhile, agreed that “Muslims should strive to return to a societal order like that in the time of Muhammad.”

Once again, this point of view was more strongly held in the first generation (36 percent) than in the second and third (27 percent).

Twenty percent said that the threat which the West poses to Islam justified violence. Seven percent said violence was a justifiable means of spreading Islam. [The Local] Read more

Pakistan's religious leader explains how men should beat their wives

The leading Mullah in Pakistan who said that men should be able to beat their wives "lightly" has given a detailed explanation into the process in which domestic abuse would be allowed.

In an interview with the BBC, the head of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology defended the right of men to beat their wives.

He also issued a detailed process of when and how domestic violence should be carried out.

Maulana Sheerani, the chairman of the council, said: "These recommendations are according to the Quran and the prophet's teachings. [Daily Mirror]

"No one can dispute that. Read more

15 June 2016

Islamophobia on the rise in Germany - study

Islamophobia has risen markedly in Germany, a study published on Wednesday showed, underscoring the tensions simmering in German society after more than one million migrants, mostly Muslims, arrived last year.

Every second respondent in the study of 2,420 people said they sometimes felt like a foreigner in their own country due to the many Muslims here, up from 43 percent in 2014 and 30.2 percent in 2009.

The number of people who believe Muslims should be forbidden from coming to Germany has also risen, the study showed, and now stands at just above 40 percent, up from about a fifth in 2009.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Leipzig in co-operation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation and the Otto-Brenner foundation.

The influx of migrants has fuelled support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that wants to ban minarets and the burqa and has described Islam as incompatible with the German constitution. [Reuters] Read more

Germany to scrap 'cultural immunity' and will no longer allow migrants to have multiple marriages or child brides

Germany will no longer allow migrants to have multiple wives or child brides, the justice minister has said.

Heiko Maas told German newspaper Bild that no one has the 'right to place their cultural values or religious beliefs above our laws'.

There has been increased concern over polygamous marriages in the wake of a rise in the number of migrants arriving in Germany, many from Muslim countries.

While polygamy is already banned in Germany, many officials 'turn a blind eye' to migrants who arrive in the country with more than one wife, the newspaper reports.

This is also true of forced and underage marriages.

Mr Maas told the tabloid: 'We need to look very carefully. Forced marriages, we can not tolerate, and certainly not when underage girls are involved. [643 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 4087 votes] They were allowing child brides?! That makes me sick to my stomach. What a terrible country Germany has become.

[2ND 3132] When will the UK follow suit.

[3RD 2918] When you become a resident and take the oath of citizenship you agree that the law of that country is now your law. If you are a guest then honor your host for the hospitality/asylum as long as you are staying in that country. It only makes sense. Return to your homeland if that doesn't suit you.

[4TH 2324] Why was it being allowed anyway. And child brides why was that allowed that is just wrong on so many levels. How soon before that would been allowed here too?

[5TH 2098] Look out, common sense is beginning to break out in Germany!

[6TH 1665] The man talks sense but whether it happens or not is another matter

[7TH 1541] What took you so long? [Daily Mail] Read more

Germany to end unofficial tolerance of polygamy

Germany is to end its unofficial tolerance of polygamy - including marriages involving minors, the country's justice minister has vowed.

Heiko Maas said the move was designed to prevent people in Germany committing to more than one marriage.

“No one who comes to us has the right to put their cultural roots, or their religious beliefs, above our laws,” Mr Maas told Bild newspaper.

“For that reason multiple marriages cannot be recognised in Germany.”

Polygamy is a criminal offence in Germany, but Bild alleged German authorities “often look the other way” if a migrant brings several wives to the country.

[TOP RATED COMMENT] When a western country needs to introduce new laws that, up until now weren't needed because of common values and common sense, you know it has a problem with immigration and failure of integration. This is just another sign that Muslim integration is a myth.

[ANOTHER] 'No one who comes to us has the right to put their cultural roots, or their religious beliefs, above our laws,' says justice minister

A good start. Now, the German politicians have to get their heads round the fact that polygamy, child brides and FGM, are approved by Allah.

And if you disagree with Allah, you are in a state of rebellion, and rebelling against god automatically puts you in the cross-hairs ...... and violence naturally follows.

[ANOTHER] They should be made to live by our rules throughout europe. No ifs no buts, they can always go back

[ANOTHER] High time we did something about this in the UK. I hope the German president will rid himself of this ridiculous burden. We want to discourage large families. Child support should be only for the first two children.

[ANOTHER] If mass Muslim immigration continues, as Merkel said it will, ethnic Germans between the ages of 20-40 will be a minority by 2020. It is unenforceable because political power and political will is going to change soon due to shifting demographics. The more Muslims, the more Islamic cultural practices such as polygamy will be accepted as the norm. [The Independent] Read more

As an Arab, the Middle East’s reaction to Orlando left me speechless…

Recently, a devastating terrorist attack took place in Orlando, where 49 innocent people were murdered. Surely, the majority of people in the Arab world condemn this atrocious act of violence?

The most fatal shooting in recent American history cannot possibly be celebrated by such a large number of peace-loving people who, after all, mostly condemn the acts of terror committed in the name of Islam by groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, right? Right?

Wrong.

As a bilingual Arabic and English speaker from the Middle East, I took the liberty of browsing through Arabic news pages on Facebook earlier today; namely Al Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, BBC Arabic and a number of Egyptian news outlets to gauge how the Arab world was responding to the Orlando shooting. The results were disappointing, alarming, and depressing to say the least. [Arabhumanists.org] Read more

Germany polygamy: Minister says migrants must abide by the law

Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said

"No-one who comes here has the right to put his cultural values or religious beliefs above our law," he told Bild.

In some Islamic countries, men are allowed to take up to four wives, but in Germany polygamy is banned by law.

Concern about polygamy and underage marriage has risen recently, as Germany has been taking in record numbers of migrants, many from Muslim countries.

The law in Germany is clear: no-one is allowed to be married to more than one person at a time, and that includes recent arrivals in the country. [BBC] Read more

14 June 2016

Justice minister wants to end toleration of polygamy

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said this week that he wants to bring an end to the practice of tolerating polygamous marriages among immigrants in Germany.

“No one who comes here has the right to place their cultural entrenchment or religious thinking over our laws,” Maas told Bild newspaper.

“Therefore no multiple marriages will be allowed to be recognized in Germany.”

In Germany, marrying another person after you are already married is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

However, immigrants who arrive in Germany after already marrying multiple people in their home countries may be tolerated by legal authorities in practice, depending on what's best for the family, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

If a husband dies, for example, courts may decide to divide the man’s pension between his wives, the newspaper wrote. [The Local] Read more

Why the words ‘radical Islam’ matter

In the course of denouncing Donald Trump on Tuesday, President Obama tried to explain why he still refuses to use the phrase “radical Islam” to describe the ongoing terrorist threat against America.

“Does anyone seriously think we don’t know who we’re fighting?” the president said, adding that US forces in the Middle East “know full well who the enemy is.”

But if we all know it, why refuse to say so?

Obama insists that naming the foe “would make us less safe, fueling [ISIS’s] notion that the West hates Muslims.”

Please. Does anyone seriously believe that ISIS and those who share its ideology haven’t always felt this way — or that avoiding the words “radical Islam” matters a whit to the terrorists? [NEW YORK POST] Read more

None is more dangerous in our time than the Islamic version

The Orlando massacre is a hideous reminder to Americans that homophobia is an integral part of Islamic extremism. That isn’t to say that some people of other faiths and ideologies aren’t hostile to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community.

Nor is to say that Islamic extremists don’t target other minorities, in addition to engaging in wholly indiscriminate violence. But it is important to establish why a man like Omar Mateen could be motivated to murder 49 people in a gay nightclub, interrupting the slaughter, as law-enforcement officials reported, to dial 911, proclaim his support for Islamic State and then pray to Allah.

I offer an explanation in the form of four propositions. [The Wall Street Journal] Read more

Christians forced to hide their faith from 'abusive' Muslim refugees

According to German newspaper Zeit a number of refugees in Hamburg said they feel unsafe and fear for their safety because of their faith.

Dena Kasravi, a Christian convert from Iran, spent years attending illegal bible groups in her homeland but after making her way to Germany said she still lives in fear.

The 33-year-old said: “If they find out, I will be fair game. Everyone will have the right to destroy me. Some Muslims even think it is their obligation.

Miss Kasravi's name has been changed and other Christian refugees say they are repeatedly verbally attacked by Muslim refugees.

One young Iranian woman said a Syrian man questions her every day about why she does not wear a headscarf and cover herself up. [Daily Express] Read more

Islamic scholar in homosexuality comments row leaves Australia

A British Islamic scholar who toured Orlando this year and had preached in 2013 that "death is the sentence" for homosexual acts left Australia on Tuesday after the government launched an "urgent" review of his visa because of his comments.

Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a senior Shi'ite Muslim scholar, was in Australia to give a series of lectures at an Islamic center in Sydney on the topic of spirituality.

Sekaleshfar said in a lecture in Michigan in 2013 that in an Islamic society, the death penalty should be carried out for homosexuals who engaged in sodomy. [Reuters] Read more

13 June 2016

Orlando Massacre: The Need To Challenge Homophobia

Just over six months after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino County, USA – killings in whose aftermath US Presidential candidate Donald Trump would call for an immediate ban on all Muslims entering the USA – we have witnessed yet another massacre committed by a US Muslim.

It is too early at this stage to say whether the killer Omar Mateen’s possible mental health issues played a role in the massacre. There will also no doubt be the usual questioning of the ridiculous US gun laws which appear to make lethal weapons readily available to aspiring murderers.

What we can perhaps most safely say at the moment is that the killings which took place in the Orlando gay club were motivated by a virulent form of homophobia.

The main monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all have a lamentable record when it comes to the persecution of gays. [inayatscorner] Read more

Sarkozy clashes with presidential rival Juppé over Islam in France

The two leading contenders to be the mainstream right's candidate in next year's French presidential election have clashed over France's relations with its Muslim population. After former president Nicolas Sarkozy denounced the "tyranny of minorities" in a speech last week, his chief rival, Alain Juppé, warned that judging Islam incompatible with the nation's values would lead to civil war.

.... The former president called on the French people to "wake up" to defend the national identity in the face of the "abdication of the elites".

A "tyranny of minorities" is "forcing the republic further into retreat each day", he went on, declaring France to be a "Christian country" that must be "respected ... by those who wish to live in it". [RFI] Read more

Muslim students in Denmark banned from praying during school hours

Students at a school for health care and education in Denmark have been told they cannot pray during working hours because "religion and education do not belong together".

A Muslim student from SOPU Hillerød, which is in Northern Copenhagen, highlighted the ban in a photograph which was posted on Facebook by a friend and received hundreds of likes.

In the picture, the woman held a sign which read: “New from the director. May one pray at SOPU Hillerød? The answer is NO!”

.... “Some [students] wanted to establish a prayer room on school property and the Muslims’ prayers have become far more visible because in some cases and they have used the hallways to pray. Religion and education don’t belong together – it belongs to the private life. [The Independent] Read more

Ramadan row: Headmaster in Spain warns against fasting

The state school in Melilla, one of Spain’s two north African enclaves, is almost exclusively attended by Muslim pupils.

But as Ramadan got underway last week, the headteacher of Juan Caro primary school sent home an advisory letter.

"Observing Ramadan could provoke episodes of lightheadedness, migraines and sunstroke as a result of dehydration or lack of sustenance," warned the letter penned by Alfonso García Zafra.

His letter was accompanied by a missive from the Islamic studies teacher which pointed out that “students who have not reached puberty – and all who study here are under 12 – are exempt from fasting under Islamic teaching".

"So I advise - and am supported by the Islam teacher - that parents follow this recommendation because of the host of activities planned until the end of term, and because of the heat." [The Local] Read more

Cleric who preached death for homosexual acts and toured Orlando visits Sydney

A controversial British cleric who toured Orlando in March and preaches that “death is the sentence” for homosexual acts is scheduled to speak in Sydney throughout June.

Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a British-born doctor and senior Shia Muslim scholar, travelled to Orlando two months ago to give a lecture about homosexuality in Islamic law.

He said in a 2013 lecture in Michigan on the same subject that “death is the sentence for homosexual acts” in Islam and this was “nothing to be embarrassed about”.

Sekaleshfar framed the death sentence as an act of compassion. “You have to be happy for that person,” he said. “We believe in an afterlife, we believe in an eternal life … and with this sentence you will be forgiven and you won’t be accountable in the hereafter.”

He is scheduled to speak every evening throughout Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, at the Imam Husain Islamic Centre in Earlwood, in Sydney’s south-west. [The Guardian] Read more