Leaflet calling for death of those who insult Islam ‘handed out at London mosque’

The Metropolitan Police have launched a hate-crime investigation after literature stating that those who insult Islam “must be killed” was reportedly handed out at a London mosque.

The leaflets, said to be distributed at a holy gathering by the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria Jilania mosque in Walthamstow, state that apostates “deserve to be assassinated” and point to a classic manual of Islamic law to justify such killings.

Imam Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani, whose named appears on the front cover of the booklets, is believed to be linked to their distribution, the London Evening Standard reported, although he has strongly denied the claims.

One worshipper who received the leaflet said: “Two or three people delivered the leaflet. I am shocked. I think it gives a bad impression. Islam teaches when you live here you obey the law and the rule of law, but this is not doing that.”

Scotland Yard responded to the reports that action was being taken to establish whether a criminal offence has taken place.

Mr Jilani said that he had no knowledge of the booklet being distributed. He said that he had not given permission for his face to be used on the front, that it had been “falsely attributed” to him, and that he does not agree with its message.

Apostasy woman Meriam Ibrahim

July 26, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who saw her death sentence for apostasy overturned, has been released after being accused of attempting to use forged travel documents by passport officials. Ms Ibrahim was detained along with her Christian-American husband Daniel Wani and two young children at Khartoum airport in Sudan for trying to use documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy to flee the country. Eman Abdul-Rahman, the lawyer for 27-year-old, said she was released from a police station after foreign diplomats pressed the government to free her.

In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Sudan’s security service said earlier this week that passport police had “arrested” Mr Ibrahim after she presented “emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa”.

Ms Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian and refusing to renounce her Christian faith during a four-day grace period. She was sentenced to death while eight months pregnant and gave birth in prison with her legs chained in February. Her sentence sparked an international outcry and led to campaigns headed by Amnesty International calling for her release.

When rumour of her release from prison first surfaced, we didn’t dare to believe it. When it was confirmed by the Sudanese authorities, we began to have real hope. When she walked out of Omdurman women’s prison on Monday afternoon, we finally had faith: Meriam Ibrahim, after six months on death row for her religious beliefs, was free. What is happening in Sudan? Why the confusion? How can a woman whose incarceration caused headlines around the world – with Bill Clinton, David Cameron and Ban Ki-moon all discussing her case – be treated in such a way?

Sudanese media claim that the US vice consul was with them at the time of their arrest, and Ms Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, said that they were on their way to Washington DC. Mr Wani was born in South Sudan before independence, and has dual US citizenship. Suffering from muscular dystrophy, and in a wheelchair, he lives in New Hampshire and had been trying to secure permission for his wife to join him in the US when she was first arrested, in December. What appears to have irked the authorities is that they had not approved the family’s moves – or perhaps that her release was being seen as a global human rights victory.

With no direct flights from Sudan to the US, due to sanctions, South Sudan was to be a transit country. Washington placed sanctions on Sudan in 1993, listing Khartoum as state sponsor of terrorism for hosting prominent militants including Osama bin Laden and Carlos the Jackal. It added a trade embargo in 1997.

The past few days have been mainly about politics. But in the beginning it was certainly about religion – Sudan imposed Sharia law in 1983, and apostasy is a crime punishable by death. Sudan hasn’t put anyone to death for apostasy since 1985, and the application of Sharia in the country is often clumsy, inconsistent and dictated by political whims. Furthermore, Ms Ibrahim’s case became muddied by claim and counter-claim as to her childhood faith. She insisted she was raised a Christian; other family members vehemently maintained she was a Muslim, and even the death penalty should be given if she did not return.

That added to suspicion that this wasn’t about religion, but rather a nasty family feud – to gain control, it was speculated, of Ms Ibrahim’s successful businesses. That the glamorous woman in the wedding photographs was imprisoned chained to the ground heavily pregnant, certainly resonated more because she was a woman. Would we have reacted with such anger if it was a man? She was arrested because her family denounced her for leaving Islam. Could you imagine a woman in Sudan, which imposes Sharia law, being able to inflict the same punishment on her brother?

“Meriam knows about the campaign to free her, and is grateful. But all she wants is to get out of prison. She doesn’t want to be a star.” According to lawyer, Elshareef Ali Mohamed.

 

Sources:

The Independent 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/apostasy-woman-meriam-ibrahim-us-ambassador-summoned-by-sudan-government-after-christian-convert-detained-trying-to-flee-country-9563842.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/meriam-ibrahim-sudanese-apostasy-woman-rearrested-with-family-at-airport-9559894.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/meriam-ibrahim-release-woman-jailed-for-apostasy-reunited-with-husband-as-family-looks-forward-to-new-life-in-us-9558891.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/apostasy-woman-meriam-ibrahim-brother-says-she-deserves-to-be-executed-unless-she-returns-to-islam-9498929.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/apostasy-woman-meriam-ibrahim-freed-after-sudanese-court-orders-release-state-media-report-9557086.html

The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/sudanese-woman-meriam-ibrahim-safe-well-us-embassy

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jun/27/christian-convert-meriam-ibrahim-freed-sudan-prison-apostasy-video

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/jun/27/world-in-a-week-meriam-ibrahim-apostasy-death-sentence-overturned

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/26/meriam-ibrahim-freed-rearrest-sudan-airport

The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/10938264/Meriam-Ibrahim-My-baby-is-disabled-because-I-gave-birth-with-my-legs-chained.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/10929031/Meriam-Ibrahim-freed-from-custody-in-Sudan.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10926452/Meriam-Ibrahim-What-is-really-going-on-in-Sudan.html

Netherlands’ Group Launches Shelters For Ex-Muslims

‘Open Doors,’ a major Netherlands-based Christian group, has launched a global initiative to set up shelters for ex-Muslims who have converted to Christianity. Founder of the organization Anne van der Bikl said that the shelters will be safe places where former Muslims can find safety and spiritual support. He added that ‘Open Doors’ will also provide medical aid and job support for those who have suffered as a direct result of their conversion.

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President Apostate? The New York Times covers discussion about Obama, Islam, and apostasy

New arguments about US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s religious history have been brought up in the media this week. While Obama has repeatedly stated that he is a Christian and belongs to the United Church of Christ, others are intent that Obama has had a history with Islam – and may be an apostate. An Op-ed by the New York Times writes that opinion in the Muslim world has been strongly in favor of Obama; but the op-ed warns against conflating his half-African identity with his Muslim heritage. As the son of a Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law – and it makes no difference that his father later renounced his religion. Choosing Christianity, in Muslim eyes, makes Obama an apostate – or irtidad or ridda in Arabic – the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit. For more information about this issue, additional details can be found in the articles and reactions in the links below.

Netherlands: Attitudes towards leaving Islam

Three quarters of Muslims regard turning away from Islam as a personal choice, but there are few that applaud that choice. A survey commissioned by television programme Nova indicates that 38 percent of the Muslims questioned disapprove of apostasy. 24 percent say they cut off all contact with a fellow Muslim who has turned their back on Islam. 6 percent is of the opinion that it is acceptable to use violence against an apostate. The survey presented on Tuesday also indicates that 11 percent of Muslims feel that Ehsan Jami’s committee for former Muslims is necessary. A large majority – 66 percent – does not think his committee serves a good purpose.

Violence Against Apostates Acceptable

THE HAGUE – Three quarters of Muslims regard turning away from Islam as a personal choice, but there are few that applaud that choice. A survey commissioned by television programme Nova indicates that 38 percent of the Muslims questioned disapprove of apostasy. 24 percent say they cut off all contact with a fellow Muslim who has turned their back on Islam. 6 percent is of the opinion that it is acceptable to use violence against an apostate.