Ramadan driver had fallen asleep

A motorist who died after his car hit a lamppost had fallen asleep at the wheel, an inquest heard. Bradford Coroners Court was told Maurice Gent, 59, was fasting for the Muslim festival of Ramadan and was “feeling tired” at the time of the collision. The court heard how Mr Gent, of Waterside, Bingley, was taken to Airedale General Hospital where he told Accident & Emergency staff he thought he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Mr Gent, a civil servant, had complained of stomach pains in the ambulance. He was stable on arrival at hospital, but his condition started to deteriorate and he died of multiple organ failure on October 5, 2007 – six days after the collision. The accident happened on the evening of September 29, 2007. PC Philip Jackson, a collision investigator for West Yorkshire Police, said the driver’s explanation about falling asleep may have been a factor, otherwise there had been an unforeseeable medical emergency. He said the vehicle’s speedometer had jammed on impact, indicting the car had hit the lamppost at about 28 miles an hour. Bradford coroner Roger Whittaker said Mr Gent was fasting for Ramadan and told hospital staff he had felt tired before driving.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=99C919CA4BD9F96A7A888D29&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

France’s Muslims becoming more religious

France’s Muslim minority, the largest in Europe, is becoming more observant, a new survey by the polling group IFOP said. Religiosity indicators such as following daily prayers, visiting mosques, and fasting Ramadan seemed to be increasing in Muslims partaking in the tenants. The rise appears to reflect a reaction to the discrimination felt by Muslims in France, as new mosques are being built around the country. An alternatively proposed reasoning is that it is easier to practice Islam in France, thanks to the building of many new mosques.

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France’s Muslims becoming more religious

France’s Muslim minority, the largest in Europe, is becoming more observant, a new survey by the polling group IFOP said. Religiosity indicators such as following daily prayers, visiting mosques, and fasting Ramadan seemed to be increasing in Muslims partaking in the tenants. The rise appears to reflect a reaction to the discrimination felt by Muslims in France, as new mosques are being built around the country. An alternatively proposed reasoning is that it is easier to practice Islam in France, thanks to the building of many new mosques.

More Districts Closing on Muslim Holidays

By Debra Nussbaum In Paterson, there has been no school on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur for years. But now the schools are also closed on the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr (the end of the month of fasting for Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca). Prospect Park schools generally close for the first and last days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. Atlantic City added two Muslim holidays to its school calendar in the last three years. And this year, for the first time, Cliffside Park will close Thursday to observe the end of Ramadan…

Sweden: EU Muslims scoff at Qaeda Sweden bounty

CAIRO – European Muslim leaders have scoffed at a bounty offered by Al-Qaeda in Iraq on the heads of a Swedish cartoonist and a reporter for publishing a cartoon lampooning Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). “We don’t think like this at all. It is criminal to call to kill somebody,” Helena Benouda, chairwoman of the umbrella Muslim Council of Sweden, said in statements. “It is really unnecessary and it’s ugly, especially in the moment of Ramadan,” she added, referring to the Muslim holy fasting month.