MP proposes law to ban wearing burkas and balaclavas

A Conservative MP is attempting to pass a law which would ban people from wearing burkas and balaclavas. Philip Hollobone has put forward parliamentary legislation to regulate the use of “certain facial coverings” in public. Hollobone said this “would obviously have a big impact for those who wear full-face Islamic veils”. He has previously described the burka as “against the British way of life”.

The proposal has stirred much criticism, although it also received some support. A burqa-ban would be un-British, commentators have said.

Break-in at Home of imam in Drancy, France

French police detained two people after they tried to break into the home of an Islamic cleric
who is in favour of anti-burqa legislation.Two police officers in charge of VIP protection
thwarted the burglary, said Farid Hannache, the spokesman for Hassan Chalghoumi, an imam in
the Paris suburb of Drancy. Chalghoumi has been under protection since the end of January.
Hannache told AFP two members of the radical pro-Palestinian Sheikh Yassin movement were
involved in the Drancy break-in. The pair were arrested and taken into custody at Bobigny, a
nearby Paris suburb.
The Drancy mosque was the scene of fierce tensions between the Muslim al-Nour association
headed by Chalghoumi and the Sheikh Yassin group early this year after the imam came out in
favour of proposed French legislation banning the full Muslim veil.

Farrakhan Charges Jews with ‘Anti-black’ Behavior

By SOPHIA TAREEN

CHICAGO — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has written the leaders of more than a dozen major U.S. Jewish groups and denominations seeking “repair of my people from the damage” he claims Jews have caused blacks for centuries. Farrakhan sent the letter along with two books from the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team that the 77-year-old minister said prove “an undeniable record of Jewish Anti-Black behavior,” starting with the slave trade and Jim Crow laws.

‘Hatemonger’ Barred by Canadian Government to Speak Via Video Link

An Indian Muslim televangelist recently banned from Canada for his inflammatory statements
about Jews, gays, and the West, will still headline a massive Islamic conference in Toronto
addressing upwards of 10,000 attendees via video satellite.
The Journey of Faith Conference — billed as North America’s largest Islamic conference —
will “go on as planned” despite Dr. Zakir Naik’s exclusion from Canada, according to the event
website.
Dr. Naik, president of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, had been denied a visa
to enter Canada because of past comments such as “every Muslim should be a terrorist,” Jews
are “our staunchest enemy,” and “If [Osama bin Laden] is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for
him.”
Dr. Naik — who has spoken several times at the annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention
in Toronto — has garnered headlines in Canada in the past. In 2006, the National Post
reported that one of the Toronto 18 terrorist suspects had urged Muslim youth to seek out the
televangelist’s teachings.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada declined to comment yesterday, citing the Privacy Act.

Council of Europe Rebukes Swiss Minaret Ban

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called for a moratorium on the
Swiss minaret ban during a debate on Islam, Islamism, and Islamophobia in Europe. The
recommendation was passed with the unanimous support of the entire assembly, including that
of all the Swiss representatives, even André Bugnon, who had earlier supported the ban. In the
adopted text, the minaret ban was criticized as a form of discrimination against Muslims, and
recommended that minarets be treated in a similar fashion to church steeples; the text went on to
recommend against legally banning the veil or the burka in Europe.
Other complaints against the minaret ban have been lodged with the European Court of Human
Rights, which were recognized as valid by the court in May 2010. Folco Galli, spokesperson
for the Swiss Ministry of Justice, states that Switzerland takes notice of the resolution, but that
authorities are obligated to follow the official change to the Swiss constitution brought about by
the referendum on minarets. In a similar fashion, while the Neue Zürcher Zeitung did not take
issue with the general position taken by the Council of Europe, the recommendation to impose a
moratorium on the ban was criticized as misguided, as it would imply that state officials ought to
disregard prevailing constitutional law.

Leftists destroy German flags of Turkish-German football fans

Radical leftwing groups are currently on a crusade against German flags — displayed around the country in support of the German football team — to fight nationalism and stirring “Nazi-emotions” in the Germans. The irony of the battle is that most victims whose flags are destroyed or burnt are of Turkish or Arab background.
In Berlin, shop owner Ibrahim Bassal displayed a massive German flag reaching from the fifth floor nearly down to street level. Autonomists came to his shop and urged him to take it down, but he says: “He have been living and working in Germany for years, our kids are born here. What’s the problem? Of course we support Germany. What does that have to do with the Nazis?”

Five to Six Million Muslims Counted in France

According to the French Minister of the Interior, there are between five and six million Muslims
living in France, where 33% are practicing, 10% attend Friday prayers regularly. There are
between 1,500 and 1,800 mosques and prayer rooms. The largest and oldest mosque in France is
the Mosque of Paris built in 1922 in the city’s fifth district.

Muslims Not Obliged ‘Forever’ to Condemn Every Gruesome Crime

June 28, 2010

By: Khaled Aljenfawi

A Republican candidate for Congress from Tennessee Lou Ann Zelenik argued against building a mosque in a Nashville’s suburb because according to her it poses a “threat to her state’s moral and political foundation.” I do agree with Zelenik about the need for sane and rational people to condemn radicalism, terrorism and all sorts of intolerance. However, a Muslim individual whether he or she is an American, a Kuwaiti or a Somali is not obliged to condemn terrorism 24/7 nor do they need to feel guilty or feel an urge to separate themselves from any mad act of intolerance, which allegedly happen in the name of Islam!

Coín the first municipality outside Catalonia to impose a ban on the burqa and niqab

Coín Town Council (in the province of Malaga, Andalusia), led by a coalition formed by the Socialist and Andalusian Party, is the first municipality outside of Catalonia to instate a ban on the burqa and niqab. According to a member of the Council, there are at least three cases of women wearing the burqa whose husbands do not allow them to leave their homes.

Muslims Not Obliged ‘Forever’ to Condemn Every Gruesome Crime

June 28, 2010

By: Khaled Aljenfawi

A Republican candidate for Congress from Tennessee Lou Ann Zelenik argued against building a mosque in a Nashville’s suburb because according to her it poses a “threat to her state’s moral and political foundation.” I do agree with Zelenik about the need for sane and rational people to condemn radicalism, terrorism and all sorts of intolerance. However, a Muslim individual whether he or she is an American, a Kuwaiti or a Somali is not obliged to condemn terrorism 24/7 nor do they need to feel guilty or feel an urge to separate themselves from any mad act of intolerance, which allegedly happen in the name of Islam!