China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 April, 2017 - 04:11

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards

Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits.

Officials in the western region of Xinjiang, home to roughly half of China’s 23 million Muslims, have released a list of banned baby names amid an ongoing crackdown on religion, according to a report by US-funded Radio Free Asia.

Related: Chinese troops stage show of force in Xinjiang and vow to 'relentlessly beat' separatists

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I am the son of a terrorist. This is how I broke free of my indoctrination | Zak Ebrahim

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 April, 2017 - 00:21

When he was seven Zak Ebrahim’s father assassinated a Jewish leader in New York. Later he helped coordinate the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre from his jail cell. Here Ebrahim writes about breaking the cycle of hatred

On November 5th, 1990, my father El-Sayed Nosair assassinated the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. The experiences I have had as a result of my father’s actions set my life on a course that even to this day I have a hard time fully processing.

Exposure to men like the blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who helped coordinate the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, and the hatred that men like him preach warped my world view in a way that took years of conscious effort to undo. The death threats against my family from those seeking vengeance for my father’s actions and the instability of having to move 20 times in 20 years made me feel like at any moment my fragile world would again be turned upside down.

Related: Reporting while Muslim: how I covered the US presidential election | Sabrina Siddiqui

Fear and isolation are two of the most important ingredients in radicalising someone.

Related: Trump’s dangerous delusions about Islam | Christopher de Bellaigue

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Q&A: Germaine Greer says fear of 'caricature of Islam' behind citizenship changes

The Guardian World news: Islam - 24 April, 2017 - 21:46

Alex Hawke denies Turnbull government’s changes about religion or race but about the need to ‘assimilate and integrate’

Heated debate over the government’s citizenship test and 457 visa changes dominated Monday night’s Q&A program on the ABC, with the Australian feminist and writer Germaine Greer saying the changes were motivated by fear of “the caricature of Islam”.

However, the assistant immigration minister, Alex Hawke, denied the changes were designed to boost the Coalition’s prospects in the polls. He also denied the new citizenship test, which will reportedly include questions on female genital mutilation, child marriage and domestic violence, was targeted at any particular religion.

Values is something the world cares about, says @chygovera. @Tony_Burke, @HumanHeadline & Greer raise targeting Islam in the test #QandA

Is the turmoil between Abbott & Turnbull going to cost you government? @AlexHawkeMP & the #QandA panel responds

Related: Voters want skilled migrants to stay, but like citizenship hurdles – Guardian Essential poll

Time to stop having Germaine Greer on the show. What has she contributed? White saviour bullshit and commentary on female MP fashion #qanda

Oh, thank Coco Chanel. Germaine ihas become bored enough to ridicule the clothing of elite women. Go. #qanda

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How can foreign aid go to providing long term solutions for poverty? @chygovera and our #QandA panel responds

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Paul Nuttall dodges questions on whether he will stand in election

The Guardian World news: Islam - 24 April, 2017 - 13:01

Ukip leader shuts himself in hotel room under questioning, after unveiling policies attacked as ‘full-throttled Islamophobia’

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The Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, has given his strongest hint yet that he may not stand in the June election, as the party launched an Islam-focused policy blitz which also suggested mandatory medical checks for girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

Nuttall, who lost a recent high-profile byelection in Stoke Central, repeatedly dodged questions on his election intentions and barricaded himself into a hotel room, after a controversial press conference where Ukip launched 10 policies that put an anti-Islam agenda front and centre of its forthcoming campaign.

Related: General election: Ukip accused of 'full-throated Islamophobia' after it launches integration plan - Politics live

Paul Nuttall is barricaded behind these doors, there are a lot of journalists outside wanting to know if he is standing in June.

Related: Jeremy Corbyn vows to 'fight every seat in every corner' of Scotland

Video: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall refuses to say where he will stand and @christopherhope tries to hop in his taxi:

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NHS compensation is rightful and necessary

Indigo Jo Blogs - 24 April, 2017 - 12:00

Last Monday I saw an article in the Times in which a woman called Susanne Cameron-Blackie, who it turns out was the writer behind the now-removed Anna Raccoon blog (see earlier entry; she was a great supporter of Mark Neary when he was trying to get his autistic son home in 2010), who is calling for people injured by NHS treatment to stop suing it for compensation (paywalled) as it only takes away money that could be used on other patients. Ms Cameron-Blackie has terminal soft-tissue cancer which has left her “virtually paralysed”, and “is determined to spend her final weeks battling to cut the spiralling costs of litigation against the NHS”; last year, such litigation cost the NHS £1.5bn. She was given a hysterectomy without her consent after an out-of-wedlock pregnancy in the 1960s; more recently, she was given someone else’s medication, leaving her in agony.

She says:

“But I didn’t sue,” Cameron-Blackie said. “The money from the original operation would have made no difference, I just got on with my life. The second time, I would not have got anything — the money would have gone to my husband in a few years’ time. What good would that do?

“Even the valid claims where somebody gets £6m and it’s entirely justified, that money goes into the court of protection and all their needs are met by the NHS.

It’s simply inaccurate to suggest that someone who receives a large payout then has “all their needs met” by the NHS. The NHS meets healthcare-related needs; social services meet other needs, and the inujred person or their family will need to meet other needs; the NHS will not buy them a wheelchair-accessible house, or refit or extend an existing house to accommodate a wheelchair user. It does supply wheelchairs, but it might not supply the one that would best suit the user (this may be a more sophisticated model, or a more reliable and long-lasting one than the NHS prefers, or one that is lighter in the case of manual chairs). Large compensation payouts, such as those following birth-time brain injuries, also reflect the fact that the victim’s earning potential is reduced, and will have increased living costs as they need, for example, to hire carers. And the money only goes into the Court of Protection in the case of people with brain injuries that leave them unable to handle their own finances; otherwise, it may go into a trust fund, or be invested, or whatever the recipient wants.

Picture of Stella Young, a white woman of short stature in her 30s in a powered wheelchair, wearing a black dress that comes down to just below her knees, holding a microphone, against a purple backgroundCameron-Blackie was not the only woman given an involuntary hysterectomy or sterilisation just because a consultant thought they shouldn’t be having children. Sometimes this was for ‘moral’ reasons, other times because the mother had a disability, even if she was still perfectly capable of making decisions. In Australia, it was standard practice until recently to perform hysterectomies on young girls who were disabled, even if the impairment was only physical; the late disability activist Stella Young (right) said that her parents were asked to subject her to this ‘routine’ operation when she was four, though they refused. This stopped because people campaigned to stop it, and because the victims sued, both for compensation and to argue that these operations violated the law or human rights conventions. It was, and is, important for consultants in particular to realise that they are not gods, that they do not know what is best for everyone and have no right to impose their will on another person by removing or disabling part of their body, and money is an important and necessary deterrent; it is not just what the money can do for the injured person.

It is not just injuries during surgery that may merit compensation; the mental health sector has a long record of appalling abuses, from involuntary electric-shock treatment (not all of it beneficial) to housing male and female patients on the same ward for ideological or budgetary reasons, sometimes resulting in harm to the women and sometimes distress to those abused by men in the past, to denial of family visits, privacy, clothing and sanitary protection (as in this recent case and another that I know of involving a teenage girl in a Manchester Priory unit), unnecessary and sometimes unlawful denial of liberty, and so on. A large section of today’s mental health care is done by private companies such as Cygnet and the Priory Group, but the same argument might be made that hitting them for compensation (say, for prolonged mental illness, and prolonged detention caused by the conditions of detention) leaves them less money to care for patients. Like physical injuries, these acts — often motivated by arrogance or prejudice — are wrongs, and the victim is entitled to redress.

The Times suggests that “Cameron-Blackie is likely to find widespread support for her campaign”. I don’t think so; this is not the sort of issue that could start a mass campaign, though it could attract funding from a lobby group which could give the impression of a popular movement and it could attract the support of a tabloid or two. The NHS is a publicly-funded institution and as with all the other supposed “inefficiency” or “underperformance” of some NHS trusts, the root of the problem is underfunding from government; these claims should not really be detracting from healthcare. I do agree that people should not sue the NHS for hurt feelings or anything else trivial, but without the threat of litigation, some NHS (and private healthcare) staff would be a lot more arrogant and a lot less careful. Remember that consultants in particular are highly-paid people who stand to benefit from very generous pension schemes; if they make mistakes, they can have devasating and lifelong consequences, and like any other organisation, they should have to pay for them. As it’s our public health service, we all have to pay.

Image source: Wikipedia; contributed by Young herself, Public Domain.

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Seeing Sins As A Catalyst Not A Crisis

Muslim Matters - 24 April, 2017 - 05:17

Translation of a brief article by Sh Ahmad Salim (حفظه الله)

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy.

Shaytân’s highest achievement is not that you fall into sin. No, Shaytân’s highest achievement is that you abandon the acts of obedience, and accept sins as your permanent condition.

The greatest problem with sins is not the sin itself, but the fact that sins leave you in a state of emotional fatigue; a blend of feeling worthless and of feeling that Allah’s protection has deserted you. This then leads you to embracing a variety of sins, which leads to the real catastrophe: abandoning the acts of obedience. And perhaps this is the crisis-point which makes the major sins so dangerous; the fact that they drive people to this point much faster.

One of the greatest punishments for a sin is the fact that it drains your self-confidence, and compromises your immune system. This is the fundamental basis behind the [scholars] mentioning that among the punishments for committing a sin is: committing another sin after it. Once you commit the sin, you find yourself feeling pathetic and void of self-confidence, and this state is what unlocks the gates to despair.

However, this is not a necessary state that cannot be escaped. Otherwise, the Prophet ﷺ would not have said, “And follow up the sin with a good deed; it will erase it.” [at-Tirmidhi]

Also among the greatest means which help retrieve confidence after committing a sin is: tawbah (repentance), istighfâr (asking Allah’s forgiveness), rushing to salâh (prayer), and reciting the Quran.

And if you return to the sin a second time, then return again to this remedy, for the Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah certainly will not quit [forgiving/rewarding] until you quit [seeking it].”
[al-Bukhari and Muslim]

“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” [Hood (11): 114]

In another hadith, the Prophet ﷺ said, “Were you not to fall into sins, Allah would create creatures that do fall into sins, then seek forgiveness, whom He would forgive.” [Muslim]

For this reason, what he ﷺ taught you is to develop for yourself a consistent routine of obedience, one that does not get interrupted by you falling into sins.

Alongside that, be keen on not surrendering to other sins, even if there is one sin you constantly commit and cannot get yourself to quit. Do not allow yourself to transition from one pit to another beneath it. For instance, do not transition from committing a sin without regularity to committing this sin regularly, or from committing this sin regularly to becoming unrestrained with various minor sins, or from being unrestrained with minor sins to falling into a major sin, or from falling into a major sin to being that person who is undisturbed by whichever of Allah’s boundaries he violates – until his life is ultimately sealed upon disbelief (may Allah grant us refuge from such a fate).

Be forever keen to minimize your losses, and keen on keeping the obedience-track constant, undeterred by the sins-track. So if you, for instance, regularly perform prayers in congregation, or have a daily devotional of Quran or dhikr (remembrance of Allah), why do you stop doing this when you fall into a sin? You are like someone who finds a fly in his house, and reacts by opening a hole in the wall which allows all the other insects to infiltrate. Soon enough, this behavior will cause the wall – and eventually the house itself – to collapse entirely.

In addition, I caution you against being of those who consider certain carnal sins repulsive and disgusting, while completely comfortable with their tongue being unleashed against people’s honor, and while their heart harbors grudges and malice, or is infested with the spiritual poisons of the interior.

No matter how many times your sinful desires overpower you, never allow your daily routine of good deeds to get interrupted. These are your spiritual fuel, namely the Quran, salâh, dhikr, duâ’, studying the words of the Prophet ﷺ, rehearsing his life story and that of his Companions, and training oneself to abide by good character.

Finally, some people may object under the premise that he/she has been practicing regularly, but their heart has not softened, and their inner-self still has not abstained from recurrently sinning. The truth is that knowledge, ritual devotion, softness of heart, attachment to the masjid, an intimate relationship with the Quran, and every other branch of faith, will not grant you its sweetness except with sabr (endurance), mujâhada (tireless dedication), and frequently knocking on its door.

But most people knock three times then walk away, so how can they possibly experience its sweetness?

Shaykh Ahmad Salim is author of several analytical books, usually critiquing different trends of Sunni Islamic thought. The most famous of his books are two exhaustive studies on contemporary Islamic movements. One is called Ma Ba’da as-Salafiya (literally: Post-Salafism), and Soorat al-Islamiyyeen ‘ala ash-Shasha (literally: the Image of Islamists on the [Big] Screen). In an official capacity, he directs the research team at NAMA Center for Research and Studies ( in Riyadh, KSA. 


St George’s bank holiday? Not such a good idea

Indigo Jo Blogs - 23 April, 2017 - 16:29

A Russian icon of St GeorgeSo, Jeremy Corbyn has announced that a Labour government would introduce four new UK-wide bank holidays on all four of the national saints’ days: St David’s Day on 1st March, St Patrick’s Day on 17th March, St George’s Day on 23rd April and St Andrew’s Day on 30th November. The idea of a St George’s day holiday or of making a bigger deal of the day (which is also Shakespeare’s birthday) has been mentioned a few times over the years, but this is the first time I have heard anyone suggest that all four days become public holidays throughout the UK; I guess the idea is we all celebrate a part of the UK together. However, it’s really not that great an idea and you will guess why just by looking at the dates: three of them are close together and close to other public holidays, while the other is less than a month before Christmas.

23rd April is a week or so before May Day, which is 1st May or the following Monday. May Day is an ancient spring festival, but it also coincides with International Workers’ Day so as to celebrate the Haymarket incident in Chicago in 1886, in which an initially peaceful rally for an eight-hour day and in response to the killing of workers by the police the day before (perhaps they chose this so as to maintain May Day as a holiday stripped of its ‘traditional’ baggage). This year we had a late Easter, with Easter Sunday, a religious holiday on which all shops are closed and which is surrounded by a Friday and Monday bank holiday, falling a week before St George’s Day. It looks likely that a repeat of this a few years down the line will result in calls for at least one of these holidays to be scrapped, and the one with the most ‘patriotic’ connotations, despite its novelty as a bank holiday, will be the one to survive, particularly in a truncated England obsessed with its past.

Similarly, St David’s and St Patrick’s days fall in early to mid March, a little over two weeks apart, and the second of these could easily be seen as clashing with an early Easter (which there is, next year). The upshot would be that late Winter and Spring would become overloaded with bank holidays while the second half of the year has only one (on the last Monday in August) between late May and Christmas. A better idea would be one at the end of October, which is already the point at which the clocks are restored to Greenwich Mean Time and which coincides with the school half-term holiday. This would enable parents to spend a little bit longer with their children when they are off school.

Of course, the “celebrating all the nations” concept really requires there to be a United Kingdom; this is not guaranteed in the current political climate. Rather than introduce several new bank holidays, a greater benefit would be in making all election days, especially general elections and referendums, public holidays (they should not be held on a weekend, as both Saturday and Sunday are mandatory rest days for different religions). This would make it easier for working people to vote, and enable them to vote while not in a hurry to get to work or back to work, or tired from the day’s work; it would also remove the advantage retirees have and increase the turnout of younger voters. In the case of short-notice elections like the upcoming one, perhaps a mandatory two-hour grace period at the start or end of the day would be more appropriate.

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Ukip to campaign to ban burka and sharia courts, says Paul Nuttall

The Guardian World news: Islam - 23 April, 2017 - 10:37

Party leader tells Andrew Marr the security situation means ‘you need to see people’s faces’ and that it ‘is all about integration’

Ukip will push to ban the burka and sharia courts, Paul Nuttall has said, though he denied the Eurosceptic party was reinventing itself as an anti-Islam party.

In a BBC interview, Ukip’s leader also refused to confirm whether he would stand in the 8 June election, having been defeated in the Stoke-on-Trent Central byelection weeks ago.

Related: Ukip may not contest seats held by pro-Brexit Tories

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Labour election broadcast a disaster

Indigo Jo Blogs - 21 April, 2017 - 21:06

A still from a party political broadcast, showing a white woman with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing a pastel blue top and a tight pair of light grey trousers with a royal blue belt, standing in front of a yellow screen decorated with hand prints on paper.BBC iPlayer - Party Election Broadcasts: Labour - English Local Elections: 21/04/2017

I just saw the Labour Party Election broadcast, which is intended as being for the local elections next month (4th May), although it makes a nod to the general election on 8th June. It features a teacher telling a class of early primary-age children that, because of government cuts, her school can no longer afford a library or school visits and is likely to have to lay off teachers because it can no longer pay them. She then tells them that the Labour party will guarantee smaller class sizes, free school meals for all primary-age children; the camera then zooms in on her face, and she tells us that Labour will fund childcare and early learning, “progressively restore free education for all and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training”. Somehow I don’t think this video is going to inspire a lot of confidence in Labour’s ability to rebuild and manage the country’s education system.

To start with, there are some glaring factual errors. It’s not teachers who are (at least, in large numbers) being laid off because of lack of funds; it’s teaching assistants. It’s not school libraries that have closed, for the most part, but public ones. Both are important but a primary school library is nowhere near as resource-intensive to run as a public library which takes a whole building, an IT system, staff, heating and so on. When I was in primary school, it consisted of a partitioned-off area in the main hall with about six shelves full of children’s books which could, if the school can no longer buy them, be donated, as quite possibly some of these were. A large part of the reason why teachers have been leaving the profession is the workload, in particular paperwork, which has been increasing year on year since the 1980s under both Tory and Labour governments — there was certainly no let-up in the political interference in education under Tony Blair. This broadcast does not say anything about Corbyn’s Labour party’s policy regarding that blight on British state education.

The ‘teacher’ also tells the children that some subject will not be taught because of teachers leaving for lack of pay. Anyone who’s been in a primary school will know that primary school teachers are generalists. They teach one class of children for everything; it is only in secondary school that pupils have to trek from classroom to classroom for different subjects with different teachers and the claim might well be true there. It might well be true that class sizes will increase, and the curriculum has certainly got narrower due to decades of political obsession with literacy and numeracy as a result of press stories about children reaching secondary school unable to read or add up, but that doesn’t equal “fewer subjects because of less money”, and again, the broadcast doesn’t mention what Labour will do about these things.

On top of this, there’s the spectacle of a teacher delivering a party-political broadcast to a group of young children. I know it’s not real, but it looks like the sort of thing that goes on in fascist and tin-pot dictatorships; classrooms being used to deliver political or state propaganda. It’s a little bit like what the last government did in requiring all ‘education providers’ down to nurseries and childminders to deliver lessons on “British values”, a phrase nobody uses other than poltiicians and newspaper columnists. I don’t most parents of any political persuasion will want schools being used for this purpose; one commentator I follow on Twitter said it resembled “Gulag schools”.

Quite apart from the inappropriateness of the teacher delivering a political speech to her 7-year-old pupils, the whole performance just looks amateurish; it looks like they just couldn’t afford to hire professional animators and/or video editors to do a decent presentation, so they just get a few actors together in one room to make a speech and ask a few scripted questions — one would expect the organisation which boasts the highest membership of any political party in the UK to be able to put out a decent-quality political broadcast. We do not know who the ‘teacher’ is, or at least we’re not told; neither the leader nor any Labour MP or, for example, any teachers’ union leader, puts in any appearance. Policies are mentioned only very briefly, all stuff we’ve heard in the news before, and it treats this as if the local elections were the same as a general election, which they are not, and these issues cannot be addressed, for the most part, through local councils (although one national party-political broadcast for local council elections is perhaps a bad idea, but that is beyond Labour’s control). A very poor show, very amateurish and made by people who know nothing about British state education, perhaps because they do not have even the 11 years’ personal experience of it that most ordinary people have.

PS. For anyone who’s been told it’s too late to stop Brexit, the president of the European Parliament has said it isn’t:

Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister in Downing Street, Antonio Tajani insisted that her triggering of the departure process last month could be reversed easily by the remaining EU members if there was a change of UK government after the general election, and that it would not even require a court case.

“If the UK, after the election, wants to withdraw [article 50], then the procedure is very clear,” he said in an interview. “If the UK wanted to stay, everybody would be in favour. I would be very happy.”

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Paul Golding Spreads Lie That London Muslims Celebrated Paris Terror Attack

Loon Watch - 21 April, 2017 - 18:56

The meme that Muslims, especially Western Muslims, whether they be in New York or London, celebrate terror attacks is a persistent trope used over and over again by Islamophobes. Christian missionary David Wood uses it, President Donald Trump uses it and now the leader of a small anti-Muslim party named Paul Golding has tweeted a video he claims shows “‘moderate’ Muslims celebrating the Paris terror attack in London.”:

Sadly for Golding, as MEND Community has shown, the video is actually Pakistani cricket fans celebrating their team’s victory in the 2009 World Cup.

The tweet has been deleted though no correction/apology has been posted by Golding or Britain First.

The Muslim Blood Libel Myth

Loon Watch - 21 April, 2017 - 06:11

For centuries Jews have been persecuted and murdered because that Jews ritually murder children and eat them directly or use their blood in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). Today such myths spread about Muslims too: the myth that Islam allows cannibalism.

When doing comparative studies of antisemitism and islamophobia one can easily see the similarities between the two. The myths, slanders, rumours, and racist methods are almost identical but is directed against two different groups, Muslims or Jews.

One such myth that is almos identical is the “blood libel myth”. Thisantisemitic version of the myth looks like this:

“The “blood libel” refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians – especially Christian children – to use their blood for ritual purposes, such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). It is also sometimes called the “ritual murder charge”… The blood libel spread throughout the Christian world in the Middle Ages. When a Christian child went missing, it was not uncommon for local Jews to be blamed. Even when there was no evidence that any Jew had anything to do with the missing child, Jews were tortured until they confessed to heinous crimes.”

Today these myths are still heard all over the world about Jews. But there is an islamophobic version of the myth too.

Muslim blood libel myth

“Muslims eat Christians”. That kind of myth was spread during the crusades  in the Middle Ages.  Today it is sometimes still claimed that “Islam allows cannibalism”.

I will spare the readers the details of the Myth. If you want to  study what racists claim about Islam and cannibalism you can easily find articles from Jihadwatch and Pamela Geller on the subject by using Google.

The most common version of this myth claims that the Al-Azhar University in Egypt has published lots of books on this subject. This information popped up on the internet in 2009-2010, after President Obama had visited the university. In 2012-2013 an arabic TV-show of some kind claimed that Al-Azhar teaches that cannibalism is “ok”. Walid Shoebat, a Christian islamophobe, picked up this alleged TV-show and wrote a series of articles about it. Like this one:

“In the future, the Egyptian Islamists will not only be conducting systematic violence, but cannibalism against Christians and moderates.

In a recent video interview, one Egyptian scholar exposed the high school curriculum coming from Al-Azhar university, the most reputable of all Islamic schools, showing that it condoned cannibalizing non-Muslims:

‘We allowed the eating of the flesh of dead humans… under necessary conditions. It [dead human flesh] must not be cooked or grilled to avoid Haram (wrongdoing) …and he can kill a murtadd (apostate) and eat him.’

The interviewer commented:

‘The book that is being taught to general high-school students mentions that those who don’t pray can be grilled & then eaten’.”

From this TV-interview, that Shoebat popularized, stems most versions of the modern Muslim blood-libel myth. But currently the myth is mixed with similar allegations about ISIS. That “Muslims allow cannibalism” and the proof for that is that ISIS allow cannibalism (and sometimes it is claimed that the Al Azhar university authorized ISIS to eat its enemies).

Perhaps such a book exist, I dont know. The myth is nevertheless a typical racist myth. One or two alleged books allegedly published by one egyptian university somehow gives the “proof” that all Muslims, and all of Islam, allows cannibalism.

As for Shoebat himself he does not seem to be a cannibal, he prefers to nuke people.


Islamic School of Canberra loses federal funding after failing to meet standards

The Guardian World news: Islam - 21 April, 2017 - 04:06

Education minister says the institution had been given several chances and his department was left with no choice

The Islamic School of Canberra has been stripped of its federal government funding over concerns about its independence, governance and financial management.

The school has been locked in a funding tug-of-war with the education department for 18 months, and after failing to meet various standards and expectations its public cash flow will cease on 1 July.

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On Modesty and Similarities Between Pence and the Prophet Muhammad

altmuslim - 20 April, 2017 - 22:02
It’s a hypocrisy to project a subconscious motivation of misogyny on Mr. Pence when the prophet of Islam (PBUH) himself invoked similar principles in his own lifetime. Owing to the heightened surveillance and scrutiny he was under, Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) applied higher standards of behavior and modesty on himself and his family than he prescribed to the greater community. When it comes to people in positions of power, self-repression can be a form of social responsibility.


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