Muslim Student Groups Protesting Against Prospective Alcohol Ban at London Metropolitan University

30 Apr 2012

London Metropolitan University is one of the most Muslim populated universities in Britain.  Around 20 per cent of the students of the university are Muslims, thus it has an important place in debates surrounding British Muslims. The university attracted considerable public attention in 2006 when the police raided portable buildings used by the Islamic Society in search of terrorist activities.

Last week, the university was again in the headlines when Muslim students of the university protested the university’s plan to ban the sale of alcohol from parts of their campus. LMU Islamic Society and Shia Muslim Society issued a joint statement to claim that the decision of the university is “divisive”, “irresponsible” and based on a “gross generalisation” as it would lead other students to blame Muslims for the decision.

Muslim Shelf Stockers Can Refuse to Handle Alcohol, Court Decides

25 February 2011

A Muslim supermarket employee in Germany was sacked when he refused on religious grounds to stock shelves with bottles of alcohol. Now the country’s highest labor court has ruled that the man’s objection was justified.

It’s not the first time a Muslim worker in Germany has gone to court over the right to practice his or her religion in the workplace. A number of high-profile cases in recent years have involved Muslim women who wanted the right to wear a headscarf while doing their jobs.

But the particulars of this case are unusual — and controversial: Germany’s highest labor court has ruled that a Muslim supermarket employee can refuse to handle alcohol on religious grounds.

The case in question involved a Muslim man who was employed in a supermarket in the northern German city of Kiel. He refused to stock shelves with alcoholic drinks, saying that his religion forbade him from any contact with alcohol, and was dismissed as a result in March 2008.

In a ruling Thursday, Germany’s Federal Labor Court confirmed that employees may refuse to perform a specific task on religious grounds. If there is an alternative task they can do which is acceptable to their religion and practical for the company, then the employer is obliged to let them do it. The firm can only dismiss the worker if there is no realistic alternative.

HQC Certifies New Halal Wine

Taner Tabak has created a 0% alcohol wine which has passed the Halal Quality Control (HQC) test and received a certificate as halal wine. Wereld Journalisten reports that Tabak managed to make the alcohol-free wine in cooperation with a German company through a new technical process, for which a patent is pending.