Marine Le Pen vows to ban ‘all religious symbols’

All religious symbols, including the Jewish skull cap, will be banned if leader of the far-right French party National Front, Marine Le Pen, is elected president next year.

“It is clear that kippahs are not the issue within our country. But for the sake of equality, they should be prohibited,” said Le Pen. “If I requested to ban solely Muslim attire, people would slam me for hating Muslims.”

In an interview with France’s BFMTV station on October 16, Le Pen said she would extend a 2004 law banning religious symbols in schools to all public spaces.

“I know it’s a sacrifice, but I think the situation is too serious these days… I think every French person, including our Jewish compatriots, can understand that if we ask them for a sacrifice in order to help fight against the advance of this Islamic extremism… they will make the effort, they will understand, I am absolutely convinced because it will be in the best interests of the nation,” she explained.

Meanwhile, the French Jewish community has harshly condemned Le Pen’s proposal to ban the kippah, reported the Jerusalem Online.



Rennes: Girl attacked by man who wanted to make ‘sacrifice for Ramadan’


June 14, 2016


A teenage girl was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in Rennes when a man assaulted her on the street. The attacker, who has a history of psychiatric problems, claimed that he needed to make “a sacrifice for Ramadan.”


The girl, 19, was stabbed two times in the wrist and once in abdomen, Rennes prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet told journalists, adding that her wounds are not life-threating.


The girl’s assailant told a witness that he was a Muslim. He was immediately detained by police at the scene of the crime and later told officers that he was obeying voices in his head that had ordered him to make a sacrifice for Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting that began on June 6.


“Voices told him that he had to make a sacrifice on the occasion of Ramadan,” Jacquet said.


The attacker, 32, was assessed by a medical specialist immediately after his arrest and sent to a psychiatric hospital. The Rennes prosecutor said that the man had already received special treatment at psychiatric hospitals several times.


The assailant later told investigators that he was being treated for schizophrenia and was supposed to receive an injection on Tuesday. An enquiry has been opened into attempted murder.


The attack came just a day after another attacker killed a police officer and his partner in the town of Magnanville, 50 kilometers from Paris. The murder was later classified as a terrorist attack. The assailant, who was identified as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.


Police also found a list of other potential targets at the site of the killing near Paris that included the names of public figures, rappers, journalists, and police officers, Molins added.

Values and lessons of Eid Al-Adha

October 16, 2013


In an article on Zaman France, the question of the meaning of Eid al-Adha is being discussed.  Bahri, the author of the article writes, “While Eid al- Adha is approaching , what values ​​and what lessons can be learned from this celebration? Far from being limited to a religious festival , Eid is an opportunity to remember the very universal notions of selflessness and dedication”. According to Bahra, Eid provides a lesson during times of war and unrest that we should never stop  being reminding  of.


Zaman France:

What is Eid al-Adha?

October 16, 2013


Eid al-Adha, or “Festival of Sacrifice”, is celebrated by Muslims to mark the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to demonstrate his devotion to the Almighty.

Ignoring the advice of the Devil, who tried to tempt Ibrahim into disobeying God by saying he should spare Ishmael, Ibrahim was about to press ahead with the sacrifice when Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to kill instead.

The story is designed to demonstrate how Ibrahim’s devotion passed even the sternest test, and is told in similar fashion in the Jewish Torah and Christian Old Testament, where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Today the story is commemorated on Eid by the sacrifice of a sheep, or sometimes a goat, although in Britain the animal must be killed at a slaughterhouse. The day is a public holiday in Muslim countries, and the festival’s Arabic title has connotations of a period of rejoicing that comes back time and again.


The Telegraph:

Muslims Come Together for the Festival of Sacrifice

October 14, 2013

Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Kabir, Kurban Bajram and dozens of other names depending on where you are in the world for this one occasion, called the Feast of Sacrifice, observed by all Muslims in the world. It celebrates the faith of the Prophet Abraham, which was so strong as to make him obey the order of Allah to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

Muslims will celebrate Festival for the end of Ramadan in Trieste tomorrow at 9 am. Civil and religious authorities will attend as well as anyone who wants to attend the event. “Following tradition” says the president of the Islamic Center of Via Pascoli, Saleh Igbaria “we will start with prayer, which will be followed by a sermon, given by the Imam Aziz El Barikhi. Then refreshments will be served and all are invited.” Because, in addition to being open to the community in Trieste, the party is a condition expressly laid down by the Qur’an, in which you use this time to strengthen family ties, friendships and make new ones. Traditionally, this event is celebrated by sacrificing an animal, like a sheep or a goat. This stems from a time when power was precarious and meat was a luxury, a condition that unfortunately is still true in many parts of the world, but certainly not in Italy. We have no need to celebrate in this way. We have no religious slaughter “And the president points out: ‘the halal meat, that is slaughtered according to Islamic ritual, is now easily available in supermarkets in Trieste. What’s more, according to the dictates of our religion, we can also eat meat slaughtered by all the so-called “people of the Book” which includes Christians and Jews.


Il Piccolo:

Protest Against Lambs Killed for the Islam Festival

October 15, 2013

In Massa Carrara, animal rights groups blocked access to a barn that housed 80 lambs, which will be used for the slaughter ritual planned by Muslims on the occasion of the feast of sacrifice. A group of people tried to prevent the transfer of the lambs to slaughter and police had to intervene.

Islam: Tomorrow the Festival of Sacrifice, CII prays for the dead in Lampedusa

Muslims around the world will celebrate the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice tomorrow (Eid al Adha). The festival celebrates the sacrifice made by Abraham mentioned in the Qur’an. This is the biggest holiday of the Muslim world and it coincides with end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. In some countries, such as Morocco, this festival is held the day after tomorrow. In Italy, about two million Muslims will pray tomorrow morning in mosques and in stadiums throughout the country. The most important prayer is scheduled in the Great Mosque of Rome, where about twenty thousand people will gather. The Islamic Italian Confederation (CII) sent a message of greetings for those celebrating. For the occasion, considering what is happening on the coast of Lampedusa, CII decided to hold a special prayer for migrants who died trying to reach our country and remember the tragedy of what is happening along the Sicilian coast.

International Business Times:

Department of Defense celebrates Iftar meal at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 15, 2013) — The Department of Defense celebrated its 15th Iftar meal, July 12, at the Pentagon.

Attending the event were senior defense leaders, White House and congressional staffers, foreign dignitaries, defense attachés, imams, Gold Star families, and Muslims who work in the defense community.

“The month of Ramadan focuses on a lot of things,” said Col. Thomas Waynick, the Pentagon chaplain. “Among them, focusing one’s heart away from worldly activities, the cleansing of one’s soul to free it from harmful impurities, and the practices of self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy, especially with the less fortunate, and thus encouraging generosity and charity. These things are common to many of the world’s religions.”

In 1999, the Pentagon Chaplain’s office first hosted such a dinner to show solidarity with and support for the Islamic community. They have been doing so each year since.

Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a Muslim, was the guest speaker at this year’s Iftar meal.  he lawmaker spoke about serving humanity. Serving others by tutoring, visiting shut-ins, volunteering time to feed the homeless and building relationships with people less fortunate will help change America, Ellison said.


Those in attendance at the Pentagon Iftar were not all Muslim. Steven Redmann, executive director of U.S. Army Headquarters Services, said that though he is not Muslim, he was able to learn from the congressman’s message about service, and find common themes that aligned with his Catholic faith.

At the Pentagon, approximately 30-40 Department of Defense personnel make up a core group of Muslim worshipers, Waynick said.

Across the Army, there are more than 1,600 Muslims, said Lt. Col. Claude Brittian, the deputy Pentagon chaplain. He said that number is not exact, however, because many Muslims do not declare their religion for fear of being ostracized.

Muslims in Brescia Begin Ramadan

July 9, 2013

Faith and integration. Starting today, in private homes and mosques in via Corsica and in via Volta. One month of great celebrations but also of “abstentions” says Bar Abdoulaye Diouf, a 28 year resident of Italy: “I would like the mayor to give us best wishes, as in Senegal”

“I wish a happy Ramadan to the whole Islamic community of Brescia and launch a message of peace and serenity to the Christian Brothers, to overcome this difficult time of crisis.” Saar Abderrazak from Tunisia, who has been in Italy for 26 years, began his Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims, during which the faithful are obliged to abstain from food and drink and sexual activities from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is traditionally observed in Brescia, where there are 48.6 percent Muslims and 38.1 percent Christians (between Orthodox and other rites), 2.2 percent Buddhists, the 1.4 percent Hindus, .7 percent Sikhs and 2.6 percent non-believers.

Percentages come from the 12th report on immigration in Lombardy, debunking the idea of ​​the alleged “Islamic invasion,” because the faithful of Allah are only 10 percent more than the faithful of Christ. The city has had historically high immigration. Slowly Brescia is getting used to, if not fully accepting, Ramadan the feast and sacrifice, the moment of spiritual elevation and solidarity, as it was at one time, for Christmas. Comparison is not risky, since both religions, if genuinely understood; convey messages of peace and love, even for those who do not believe. And comparing Ramadan and Christmas is not risky from the point of view of tradition: both parties provide opportunities for sharing of food, gifts, affections, as well as traditional dishes which are specially cooked during holy times. The main difference is in the period, Christmas is always celebrated at the same time (but it does change for the Orthodox) whereas Ramadan changes each year, because the Muslim calendar refers to the lunar cycle.

BRESCIA observes today the beginning of this feast, which for Muslims holds a deep sense of faith and spirituality, this is obviously different from the way they lived in their own homeland, where all (or almost all) follow the precepts of Ramadan. “The ugly part of Ramadan in Brescia is when people continue to ask annoying questions and when they do not understand why I do not eat and do not drink, and so, I always have to justify myself” explains Ak-ram Harrane, who has been in our city after being born and raised in Morocco. In Brescia, Harrane spends Ramadan with family, sometimes with other Muslim friends, especially in the last days of the month, when the final party is approaching, Eid el Fitr, which in some country lasts three days. Of course, in Italy Ramadan has another flavor: Iftar for example, the daily breaking of the fast at sunset for Muslims from all backgrounds from Bangladesh to Palestine – the ritual includes eating dates and drinking sweet syrup as the first action just after the prayer.

Monia Ali knows the differences well, a college student with a Sicilian mother and a Tunisian father: “The best thing about Ramadan is to be with the family, the sharing of the hardest times of the day and the smiles we exchange when it finally comes time for dinner. The half-hour before eating is the most fun… In Tunisia, Ramadan is magical, I live with more enthusiasm with my cousins ​​and my relatives and we are closely linked. In Brescia is not the same thing because it’s just me and my father and it’s not the same effect: the air is different, the sky is different and there is no contact with nature and the earth.”

Badajoz: Ramadan against the thermometer

11 July 2013

At the mosque of Gurugu street the Ramadan prayers finish at the first hour of dawn. “Here we make a sacrifice because the next day we still need to get up to go to work, but we adapt, “summarizes Adel Najjar, the Imam of Badajoz. To try to reconcile the Ramadan schedules, representatives of Islamic communities have asked several times to employers to facilitate the life of Muslim workers as they do not have it easy.  In fact, Spain is one of the countries where the Muslim community fasts for a longer period (17 hours), alongside the high temperatures (30/40 degrees Celsius).

Besides these problems the community of Badajoz has also to solve the question of space. The mosque is too small and they do not have an oratory for women. Moreover, between Badajoz and Huelva there is no mosque and many communities come also from Portugal to pray there.