Le Figaro Profiles Mohamed-Ali Bouharb, First French Imam in French Police Force

In this article, Le Figaro daily newspaper profiles Mohamed-Ali Bouharb, 32, the French police force’s first official Muslim chaplain. Claiming to have made a “profound affirmation toward Allah at 17,” Bouharb is a member of mosques in Rouen and du Havre where he attended training courses. The chaplain claims he seeks to “integrate Islam within the heart of a large legal institution, without falling into proselytism” which his position impedes. He offers spiritual support to officers who usually contact him by phone or email. He hopes to organize a pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims involved in the military for 2011. Bouhard summarizes his loyalties in the article’s conclusion, claiming “Yes, I’m a Muslim, but first, I’m an officer of the law.”

Muslim chaplain’s anger at airport ‘discrimination’

A Muslim Chaplain from Liverpool claims “discriminatory” interrogation is happening on a regular basis at Manchester Airport. Adam Kelwick, from Wavertree, said he was stopped and questioned for two hours on arrival at the airport as he returned from a Middle Eastern business trip on Wednesday, the third time this has happened since the introduction of the Terrorism Act in 2006. He claims officials searched his lap top, phone, asked for his bank account pin number and put a string of questions to him. The chaplain, who carries out charity work in the city to aid social cohesion, claims other friends and colleagues have complained about similar experiences. He said: “Some people I know would rather tolerate the congestion of the airports in London, rather than put up with the unreasonable questioning and discrimination at Manchester. “I was ordered to remove all my items from my baggage piece by piece and was then taken into a small room and asked questions like ‘what is your mother’s date of birth?’ and ‘what school did you go to?’.