What Muslims do and say
Here is a list (updated regularly) of news reports about Islam and Muslims. There are over 500 going back over a year.
The headline usually is enough to explain what the story is about and the issue involved. In some cases a brief extract is given to make it clearer. Clicking on the title takes you to a fuller extract and the original article at its source.
The selection deliberately EXCLUDES terrorism, the Israeli/Palestinian problem, violent conflicts such as that in Afghanistan, and some cultural issues such as forced marriages and honour killings.
Sources include: The Guardian, BBC, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Reuters, AP, AFP, Reuters, Standpoint, New Statesman, RNW (Dutch Radio News), Spielgel Online, regional papers such as Manchester Evening News, swissinfo, The Australian, Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald, The Boston Globe, and many more, and many leading news and political blogs.
Up to 10 July 2011
Netherlands: ‘Schools should initiate immigrants into Dutch culture’
They go to a Turkish hairdresser, watch Turkish TV, read Turkish papers …. they’re Turks who happen to live in the Netherlands.
Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science
…. the reasons for it offer insights into the history and nature of Islam and its relationship with modernity.
Your rape culture is not my religion
One blaringly obvious problem with the Hudood law was the need to present four witnesses in order to convict a rapist, failure to do so resulted in the arrest of the woman on charges of confession to adultery, that was the main issue.
Investigating Qur’anic inheritance laws
A male’s share shall equal that of two females (Qur’an 4:11); If there are many brothers and sisters, the share of each male should be that of two females. (Qur’an 4:176)
“No God” film angers Tunisian Islamists
…. several dozen men attacked a cinema in Tunis that had advertised a film publicly titled in French ‘Ni Dieu, Ni Maitre’ (No God, No Master)
Charity Commission closes charity for Muslim prisoners
A charity for Muslim prisoners that was forced to remove a trustee with suspected terrorist links has been removed from the charity register.
e-Divorces a quarter of all marriage annulments
Under Islamic law, a Muslim man can divorce his wife by just saying “your are divorced” three times but a woman cannot do the same.
Tunisia cinema attack condemned
Tunisian artists and rights campaigners condemned on Friday an attack by Salafist Muslims on a cinema showing a film about secularism.
Muslim weightlifter fights to compete, hijabi-style
…. the rules require arms and legs to be bare so judges can see when elbows and knees are “locked” to determine if a lift is successful.
East London Mosque: the lies go on
No doubt some Christians do hold homophobic views – but I am quite certain that you would never find them being openly and repeatedly expressed, with official approval, from the pulpit of, say, Southwark Cathedral, or for that matter the smallest parish church in this country.
Indonesian maid saved from execution
The Indonesian government has paid SR2 million in blood money to save the life of an Indonesian maid on death row in Riyadh for killing her Yemeni employer in 2009.
FOSIS is the problem, not the solution
As a student, I have seen the effects hate-preachers have on young Muslims. Many times, preachers have been ushered from one Islamic society to another and FOSIS have enabled this to happen.
Teachers reluctant to discuss 9/11
Those in schools with high numbers of Muslim children are particularly concerned about talking about the atrocity – despite it being arguably the defining event of the 21st century so far.
Lebanon Sunni clergy reject domestic abuse law
…. also slammed as “heresy” a clause in the bill that criminalises marital rape, accusing those behind the draft law of “inventing new types of crimes.”
Because they are blasphemers
…. a Muslim mob, fired up by rumours of the desecration of a Koran, attacked Christians and set fire to their houses in the town of Gojra, in Pakistan’s central Punjab. Ten people died, eight burnt alive. Four churches were destroyed.
Political Activist …. Calls for a Law Permitting the Purchase of POWs in Order to Turn Them into Slave Girls
Here in Kuwait too, I asked religious scholars and experts about this, and they said that for the average, good religious man, the only way to avoid forbidden relations with women is to purchase slave girls.
Where are Britain’s modern mosques?
…. five decades on, the choice is between a mosque where the imam doesn’t speak English and hits the children or one where they speak English but insist seven-year-old girls cover their faces. And frankly, that’s no choice at all.
Belgium: Teacher suspended for headscarf comments
An Islam teacher at the Royal Atheneum in Verviers was given a four month suspension for saying that girl who do not wear a headscarf live in sin.
Saudi Arabian lingerie law ends
Rules against “mingling” of the sexes at work in the kingdom, whose laws are based on a strict interpretation of Muslim Sharia, mean that most shops have male assistants only.
Islamic Threat As Bright As the Sun
The authors have amassed a solid bank of peer-reviewed data attesting to the presence and promotion of literature advocating violence in the majority of 100 randomly selected American mosques.
I feel more distanced from Islam
I can’t reconcile myself with the fundamentalist interpretations of the Koran I increasingly see. I feel that violence is exercised against my childhood faith, when there are calls for intolerance, hate and crimes against humanity in the name of God.
Sharon Horgan defends ‘HIGNFY’ Mecca joke
A Muslim group has criticised Have I Got News For You for making a joke about Mecca. In Friday’s edition of the show, guest host Sharon Horgan made a quip about the holy city, which is the centre of pilgrimage for Muslims.
Unfaithful wives should be put to death
Yes, in many countries, the public will stone that woman to death. Believe me, that might be the right answer to the behavior of these kind of loose women, who want to blame it all on men.
OIC Fatwa on Domestic Violence and the Rights of Women in Islam
…. wife-beating is specifically excluded from its definition of ‘domestic violence’, as long as the beating conforms to sharia requirements. The memorable phrase ‘non-violent beating’ is coined to express this perspective.
Germans quit Saudi travel fair over woman’s clothes
Religious police demanded the German visitor change her abaya — an all-encompassing black cloak worn by women in the ultraconservative Muslim power house — because it was decorated with red embroidery.
Where Islam is not so benign
The truth is that in all Islamic states (both today and historically) non-Muslims are treated as kuffar (in Arabic, a term of gross insult), punitively taxed, and often have their lives circumscribed cruelly in many other ways.
Lancashire mosques chair criticises ‘impractical’ equality call
OFFICIAL guidelines that women should have more influence in running mosques have been criticised by a Lancashire mosque leader. And he said calls to complete prayers in English would not be adhered to.
Islamic leaders question non-Muslim rights
Former president of Islamic Da’wah Foundation Malaysia …. said treatment of non-Muslims must be based on the social contract agreed and pointed out that the government has been too gracious to the community.
$100m donated to Islamic schools
Donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are sending an estimated $100 million (£61m) annually to radical Islamic schools in Pakistan that back militancy ….
Australian Government gives short shrift to sharia–lite appeal from Muslims
The organisation’s President, Ikebal Adam Patel, who wrote the submission, nominated family law and specifically divorce as an area where moderate interpretations of sharia could co-exist within the Australian legal system.
Australia denies Muslim request for sharia law
The Australian government has rejected a call from a leading Muslim group for the introduction of a non-extremist version of sharia law. …. In its submission, the Federation said while some Muslims saw sharia law as immutable, others argued it could be amended to respond to social change.
Social Democrat ditches Muslim holiday plan
Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin has backtracked on the idea of giving Swedes a day off work to celebrate a Muslim holiday after her controversial proposal provoked a storm of criticism.
Warning sounded over polygamous Muslim marriages
The government has been told that it may be risking causing offence to Muslims living in Ireland who wish to engage in polygamous marriages.
Blasphemy case on Facebook adjourned
The petitioner …. arguing before the court said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Ministry of Communication completely has failed to detect the blasphemy on internet and especially on facebook.
Muslims should ask Congress to outlaw Qur’an-burning — because it incites violence
…. in contrast to the burning of the American flag, which, he says, the Supreme Court declined to outlaw because “no disturbance of the peace actually occurred or threatened to occur.”
The Latest Enemies of Iran: Dogs and Their Owners
The bill warns that that in addition to posing public health hazards, the popularity of dog ownership “also poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.”
‘I wanted to be free’: Muslim model upsets family by posing nude for Playboy cover
I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends.
London police probing report that Islamist extremists told woman to cover up
…. an unidentified Bangladeshi woman …. threatened with death by men who told her to cover up because she works in an east London district with a predominantly Muslim population
Two Booked under the Blasphemy law
Once again the Christians are being victimized. Mushtaq Gill, in his sixties and his young son were accused of desecrating the Quran, and were taken away by the local police.
Apology for performance stop over Koran quotes
Following a wave of criticism, the artistic director …. apologized for hastily cancelling a feminist performance last weekend in which women were set to dance to a score that included recitation of verses from the Koran set to music.
Muslim group declares jihad against ‘extremist’ Christians
An umbrella coalition of Muslim groups held a protest today and declared bloodshed against ‘extremist’ Christians that insult and ridicule the position of Islam in the country.
Pakistan switches on to Islamic radicalism peddled by TV stars
Wearing shoes with green soles can make you lose a cricket match …. the reasons behind the defeats suffered by Pakistan’s cricket team. Apparently this is because green is the colour of Islam – and also the colour of the national flag.
Pakistan’s blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man
But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.
Muslims must be free to debate issues such as evolution without fear
The imam of a mosque in east London, Dr Usama Hasan, was earlier this year subjected to death threats over his support for the theory of evolution.
“A Daily Massacre of Animals…”
Nowadays they slaughter animals alive, without concern about the regulation and even less about the pain ….
Teenage blasphemy suspect to be tried inside prison
…. Samiullah, a first-year pre-engineering student, has been charged with writing blasphemous remarks about the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the answer sheets of his intermediate examination in April last year.
Tax Authority teaching employees about Islamic culture
About 100 employees of the Danish Tax Authority will be taking a course in Islam next month, in order to learn why male Muslim pizzeria owners won’t shake hands with female Tax Authority employees.
Organization of the Islamic Conference vs. Freedom of Expression
…. the OIC promised to present a new draft resolution on the issue of “Islamophobia” at the General Assembly in September.
Chechnya, where stability comes at the price of secularism
Women face coercion to wear headscarves as part of a “virtues” campaign, including an Islamic dress code. Men are allowed polygamous marriage and alcohol is forbidden, though it remains tucked away inside shops
Sandhurst mosque plans prompt public inquiry
The proposals – to demolish a locally listed Victorian schoolbuilding in a conservation area in Camberley, Surrey, and replace it with a £3m domed mosque.
Afghanistan: United Nations mission rocked by mob killings
…. he blamed Islam. “We must take a serious, serious look at Islam,” he said. “It’s a violent religion that promotes acts of violence, I believe we need to bring this before the UN.”
Liberal MP says debate being stifled over ‘racism’ fears
“Islam itself is the problem, it’s not Muslims. Muslims are individuals that practise their faith in their own way, but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology.”
Afghan women are still at risk
She is serving her sentence for running away from domestic violence. About half of all women in Afghan prisons are there for the same “crime”.
The Most Islamic Community in Europe
It reflects how Leicester’s long-ballyhooed experiment with multiculturalism is being challenged by Muslim separatism and assertiveness
Fears raised over controversial speakers at Muslim Centre
Saudi cleric Shaykh Al Barrak, who has a reputation for issuing hardline fatwas including ones on strict gender segregation, was one figure who raised concern.
British Universities funded by Islamic sources
Islamic donations are now the largest source of external funding for universities in the UK.
Anti-Muslim current in Australia: study
There is a current of anti-Muslim discourse that suggests an entrenched hostility often related to overseas events,” the report said in its conclusion.
Muslim mum convicted of assault loses appeal
A WOMAN convicted of assaulting young children has failed to persuade top judges her trial was unfair because too few Muslims were on the jury
No victory in bible release
The release of the 30,000 Malay bibles has come with two attached conditions: that the books bear a stamp demarcating “For Christians Only” and marked with serial numbers
The Lewisham Islamic Centre: Promoting Hatred
…. reputable evidence that suggests that a much higher proportion Muslims in Britain …. hold views that would be considered to be ‘extreme’ in Western cultures.
48-page fatwa against democracy – Muslims told to ignore calls for change because ‘democracy goes against Islam’
…. “As long as the commander of the nation is a Muslim, you must obey and listen to him. Those who are against him are just seeking to replace him, and this is not licit”
Muslim defendant can sue over hijab removal
a judge revoked their probation and put them in holding cells, where deputies ordered Khatib to remove her hijab.
Islamophobia report: Exeter University apologises
I expressed astonishment about the level of factual inaccuracy contained within what its authors hoped would be major academic report on Islamophobia.
Bras, booze and how Islamic chauvinists have made satire redundant
“Out of the population of New York, the statistics tell us, one-third are gays… There are more than 25 million gays, sodomites, in America, in USA. Now the only option remaining for my sister is that she marries a man who already has a wife or she becomes public property.”
Asia Bibi fears she is next
…. The Christian mother is presently in an isolation cell in a Punjab jail for allegedly violating the country’s strict blasphemy law.
Why did the MCB and MINAB take so long to support Usama Hasan?
They knew a prominent imam was being threatened by fanatics, and yet they remained silent about it.
London imam subjected to death threats for supporting evolution
Leyton Mosque in London has expelled its imam Dr Usama Hasan for holding a lecture titled ‘Islam & Evolution’ and saying the two were not incompatible.
The grip of religious extremism on Pakistan’s political culture
Pakistan’s blasphemy law is a tool for persecution and its tyranny reflects the grip of religious extremism on political culture
With the rise of militant Islam, Pakistan reaps what for years the state has sown
…. Shahbaz Bhatti, the minorities minister, seems to have been killed for the same reason that Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was assassinated on January 4th.
‘Haia members’ rough up book fair participants
…. stormed the Riyadh book fair on Wednesday evening, roughed up participants and relayed orders through a mike for women to dress up properly and move graciously or face the consequences.
Newham Concern Press Release on Mega Mosque
Rejection of British values, the lack of any female participation and a refusal to integrate with other local communities are key issues for the Planning Inspector to consider ….
Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to integrate, not assimilate
Turkish immigrants in Germany should integrate into society but not assimilate to the point where they abandon their native culture.
Why are we not challenging violent Islamism in our schools?
“So, when a white person holds objectionable views, racist …. we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious – frankly, even fearful – to stand up to them.”
Immigrant ghetto could become a ‘state within a state’
“We are heading towards a 100% parallel society, if we don’t intervene now. It’s become normal for people to clear up problems behind closed doors”
Can we talk about Muslim homophobia now?
Last autumn, mysterious posters began to appear all over the East End of London announcing it is now a “Gay-Free Zone.” They warned: “And Fear Allah: Verily Allah is Severe in Punishment.”
European Free Speech Under Attack
…. or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”
Warn against communist, secular parties – Muslim preachers laude revolution, slam democracy
“In democracies, people might vote for things that are prohibited in Islam like establishing brothels, allowing homosexuality, drinking alcohol, and usury, and prohibiting the call for prayers or the veil.”
Our high-profile Muslim minority
…. the problem with multiculturalism is Muslims. Or, to be more precise, the perceived failure of Muslim migrants to integrate and embrace the cultures and traditions of their adopted lands, which in turn allows Islamic extremism to thrive.
Vetting calls for teachers in mosques
…. Police were investigating allegations of assault against teachers at three Glasgow madrassas or Islamic schools operated in mosques.
Mosque school arrest following Channel 4 documentary
…. the schoolteacher’s warning that pupils must stay away from men with less than “a fistful of beard… like you would from a serpent or a snake”.
Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine’s Day ‘trap’
Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labelling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour.
No exceptions to school lessons for religious reasons
At least a dozen Muslim families, newly arrived on the Canadian prairie, have requested that their children be exempted from phys. ed and music classes for religious reasons.
Minister: Scrapping Ham from Menu Not Islamisation
Home Affairs Minister …. rejected suggestions that the fact the police …. are not served pigmeat any more is an illustration of Islamisation of Dutch society.
Religious freedom in Indonesia in tatters
During the attack on Sunday, the Ahmadiyah congregation …. were mobbed by a group of locals, and three Ahmadis died in the raid after being beaten or stabbed to death.
Saudi Scholar: Sharia the Only Path for Arabs
The denial of sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt and other Arab countries is at the root of the unrest in the region, Saudi religious scholar Ayed bin Abdullah al-Qarni said.
Lee Kuan Yew On Muslim Integration In Singapore
“I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, intermarriages and so on – than Muslims.”
Muslim councillor receives death threats over blasphemy case
In one threatening phone call, which he has reported to police, he was told to “stop supporting Christians or he would be made a terrible example out of”.
Former BBC Presenter: “Islam Could Not be Offended at Any Price, Christians Fair Game”…
Mr Sissons said: “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”
Hundreds of rocks are thrown at her head
…. the Taliban execute a couple by stoning them to death in Kunduz province in front of a crowd of hundreds. The crime? The couple fell in love and attempted to elope ….
We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name
…. it was an attempted interpretation of Islam — in other words, that the inspiration for the lashing of that abused child was drawn from the ideology, even if it was an inspiration based on a misapprehension.
What Educated Non-Muslims Don’t Like About Islam in a Nutshell
…. there are 527 verses of intolerance toward non-Muslims, and 109 verses specifically advocating violence towards non-Muslims. Not one of these verses has been abrogated.
Harry Potter star’s brother jailed
…. jailed for six months for a “prolonged and nasty” attack on the actress in which she was beaten and branded a “slag” for dating a non-Muslim.
Judge raises concerns over ‘enormous emotional pressure’ put on Muslim women after rape case collapses
…. ‘enormous emotional pressure’ exerted on women in Muslim communities after a rape case collapsed at the eleventh hour when the wife of an Asian man refused to give evidence against him.
A Stranger in My Own Land
I shan’t miss the abuse my priest husband received: the daubing of “Dirty white dogs” in red paint on the church door …. For four years, we lived in inner-city Birmingham, in what has been a police no-go area for 20 years.
Europe Goes Halal
Muslims have the right to choose halal foods, but non-Muslims do not have the right to choose not to eat the ritually slaughtered meat
This has been scientifically established
Several doctors have achieved excellent results in treating impotence by having their patients grow their beards long. Interviewer: Allah be praised!
Anti-Christian crimes downplayed
We’ve heard outlandish allegations of Islamophobia sweeping America. Not getting nearly as much attention is the bloody persecution of Christians in parts of the Muslim world.
‘Moderate’ clerics praise politician’s killing
Five hundred moderate Pakistani religious scholars have warned that anyone who expresses grief over the assassination of a senior ruling party official who opposed the country’s blasphemy law could suffer the same fate.