Islamic modesty

Because displaying your lingerie is much more modest than showing your face… 😆

Found here.

Or could it be she wanted some Vitamin D?

“A Jordanian study published this week asserted that 87% of women between the ages of 18 and 70 in Jordan suffer from a lack of Vitamin D as a result of insufficient sun exposure and not enough milk consumption. “

Insufficient sun exposure? Wow, must be the burqas, niqabs or something. Oh, wait, Muslim women (all of them) have huge gardens where they can have some sun exposure (in the comments)…

Yeah, right..

More Islamic modesty.

Spain: Cunit’s imam sentenced to a year in prison

Benbrahim Mhamed

New condemnation of the Spanish courts against an imam. This time the condemned is Benbrahim Mhamed, imam of the town of Cunit (Tarragona), who has been sentenced to one year in prison for serious constraints against Moroccan Fatima Ghailan, the town’s cultural mediator.

Fatima Ghaylan

The president of Cunit’s Islamic cultural association, Abderrahman el Osri, was convicted of the same crime and sentenced to nine months in prison and the imam’s daughter, Hafssa Ben Brahim, to pay a fine of 730 euros. They may not approach the victim or communicate with her for two years and must pay 1,500 euros in moral damages. Continue reading

Turkey: Judges caution about “relaxation of burqa ban”

The Supreme Court warned Turkey that the country’s political progressive relaxation of restrictions on women wearing headscarves violates the constitution’s secular principles.
The statement comes after a series of meetings on the issue between the opposition parties and the ruling AK Party, which two years ago lost a battle with the judges over the veil.
In principle, women are forbidden to cover their heads at many universities and in all government offices, but few universities follow the prohibition, and the Ministry of Education has said it will support any student who disobeys the ban.
The main opposition party, a strong supporter of the ban, now says he wants a commitment.

Source.

Background:
“Headscarf ban is against freedom of believe”, Erdogan says.
Chief of Religious Affairs Directorate asks politicians to solve headscarf’s problem by themselves.
Erdogan’s party loses key vote on headscarf.

Turkey: Erdogan’s party loses key vote on headscarf ban

Good news. Politicians fail to find common ground on lifting Turkey’s head scarf ban | StarTribune.com:

“Turkey’s governing party failed to win key opposition support on Wednesday for plans to lift a ban on the wearing of Islamic head scarves at universities, a deeply divisive issue in a country with secular laws and a Muslim population.

The conflict over the head scarf reflects a struggle over Turkey’s direction between the Islamic-oriented government, which argues for more religious freedom, and critics who believe the country’s secular principles are in peril.

In Turkey, women are free to wear Islamic head scarves, but students, teachers and state-employed officials are not.”

Background:
“Headscarf ban is against freedom of believe”, Erdogan says
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Chief of Religious Affairs Directorate asks politicians to solve headscarf’s problem by themselves.

Kosovo: 1,000 Muslims protest headscarf ban

Some 1,000 people took to the streets of the Kosovo capital yesterday to protest against a government ban on wearing Muslim headscarves in public schools.
“Our demand is that this ban to be suspended as soon as possible,” said Bujar Xhikoti, a representative of the organisers of the protest.
The organisers, relatively unknown non-governmental “Join Us” movement, warned the protests would be intensified if the ban was not suspended in a month.
Carrying signs saying Prime Minister “Hashim Thaci do not discriminate against us because we are Muslims” and chanting “Allahu Akbar” , the protesters demanded that the government allow the wearing of religious symbols in schools.
More than 90% of Kosovo’s population are Muslims, but Western values and culture dominate in the society.

Source.

Austria: both major parties include conservative headscarf-wearing women on their lists

Election Campaign with a Veil : Euro-Islam: News and Analysis on Islam in Europe and North America:

Both the Social Democratic Part of Austria (SPÖ) as well as the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), the two largest political parties of the country, have included conservative headscarf-wearing women on their electoral lists for the upcoming Viennese elections.
In both cases the women are so far down on the list that they are sure not become part of the new Viennese council; however, in the case of the SPÖ candidate GĂŒlsĂŒm Namaldi (right), her conservative religious views and support for Turkish-language education has attracted criticism. Meanwhile the leader of the Viennese ÖVP, Christine Marek, called for the “acceptance of the veil as a normal situation” in an interview with the migrant magazine “Biber,” in which she poses with ÖVP’s headscarf-wearing candidate, Sara Rahman (below).

Marek says: (Headscarf) is not an issue, whether they wear a headscarf or not. It has to be accepted as normal and we have done it.
An excerpt:

Mrs. Marek, you are a burqa ban, Sara, as you see it?

Marek: burqa and headscarf – these are really two different pairs of shoes.

Rahman: They are not only two different pairs of shoes, that’s such a big difference as that between winter boots and flip-flops. The burqa is not based on religion. It has traditionally played only a role in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, I am against a burqa ban. The woman must decide for themselves.

Marek: I do a bit different. In Austria we’re used to be able to look in the face. Where a full concealment takes place, a limit is exceeded. I once had a woman who wore a Nikhab… That’s a strange feeling to see only the eyes. So such women have little chance to integrate, of course. Therefore, I am looking for a burqa ban. This is not the headscarf. If a woman wears a headscarf voluntarily, then we have to respect that.

Spain: Najwa’s family announces legal action against Institute

El Mundo:

Najwa’s family has announced they will appeal the decision of the Institute of forcing the schoolgirl to leave the center due to her going to class with a veil and is ready to go to court to defend her right to religious freedom, has said their lawyer, Ivan Jimenez Aybar.

The lawyer, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has confirmed that Najwa will resume classes tomorrow, “where she can”, that is, at the Institute Gerardo Diego de Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn.

The lawyer has indicated that Nawja has been assigned the center after the one which was closer to home, IES San Juan de la Cruz, changed the internal rules quickly to prevent the girl came to class wearing the veil.

JimĂ©nez-Aybar has considered that the decision to “expel” Najwa IES Camilo JosĂ© Cela is disproportionate and violates her “dignity” and her right to religious freedom, and stressed that from a legal standpoint, the decision is not solid, because it does not point out any fundamental right to justify the cut in the right to education of the child.

Yes, equality of students before the law!!

Background:
16-year-old removed from class from wearing the hijab.
School confirms hijab prohibition.
Opinions on Najwa’s hijab.
National Federation of Muslims will take legal action against the school on Najwa’s hijab affair.
Najwa’s veil: an analysis.

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Spain: High School passes a resolution to forbid the veil in hijab’d Najwa’s affair

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Analysis: where will study Najwa now?

– Where will study Najwa from now?
– The girl’s father says she will not change schools and that she’s not going to stop wearing the veil. However, the institute Camilo Jose Cela de Pozuelo does not allow its students to attend class with their heads covered. The Community of Madrid has offered the family another institute in which it is permissible to do the “hijab” but have not yet received the request for Najwa’s family to make the change.

– What is the deadline for the family to chose one of those two options?
“There is no deadline for these cases. However, when Najwa is finally medically able to return to school (she suffers from anxiety), she must choose between returning to Camilo Jose Cela without a veil or accepting the transfer.

– What would happen if she does not opt for either of them?
– Najwa is 16 and has yet to finish 4th of ESO, the final year of compulsory education, therefore, her parents are required by law to send her to class and end this cycle. In the event that Najwa does not choose either of the two solutions she has been offered and therefore fails to come to school Camilo Jose Cela, the established protocol for school absenteeism will be launched.

– How can you force Najwa to return to class?
“First of all, the Malha family must send the medical report attesting the medical leave of Najwa to the school. Otherwise, the days that she hasn’t come to class will be counted as unexcused absences. When the center detects more than 25 hours per month unjustified (one week), it opens an internal file that will be the sent to the Central Absenteeism Committee, which will examine the case and will try to solve the problem. If she continues not attending school, the center will refer the case to the Local Committee of the City, where local social and education services will ensure that the student will return to class regularly. If the situation continues, the local board shall refer the case to the Ministry of Education and the Office for Children, the competent body to force and, if not, punish those responsible for student absenteeism.

El Mundo reports that the nearest High School, that didn’t forbid the veil, has passed a regulation, on an urgent basis, to forbid it too:

Najwa, the Moroccan girl who is not allowed to attend classes at the Institute of Pozuelo Camilo Jose Cela because of wearing the hijab, was told she should change her school after the refusal of the center to change its rules.

During these days, it had been suggested that she might enroll in the school San Juan de la Cruz, close to Camilo Jose Cela and her house, because there was no rule against the use of the veil.

However, this afternoon the school board of San Juan de la Cruz has voted to change its internal rules and prohibit class attendance with the head covered, hours after Najwa’s mother requested her daughter down the Camilo Jose Cela.

Madrid’s Education Department has not liked the decision and has announced a decision to forbid any changes to internal regulations that affect schooling during the year.

Forced by this change, the Department has chosen Gerardo Diego High School, which is also close to her home and is better adapted to the wishes of Najwa’s family.

ABC.es:

Next month, Najwa Malha will be 17 years old and she will do it from a different perspective if we consider her previous anniversaries: from the vantage point of her religion, Islam, and dedication to it. Her passage from girl to woman marks a turning point in the life of this young woman. Those who have seen her transformation, her inner circle, does not get over their astonishment, but understand and respect the significance of his decision. “She was like a normal girl: shorts, skirts, makeup, wore her hair loose, and even gave wicks,” says a friend of Najwa. “Two months ago, without saying anything before, she appeared one day with the scarf at school,” adds another.

Background:
16-year-old removed from class from wearing the hijab.
School confirms hijab prohibition.
Opinions on Najwa’s hijab.
National Federation of Muslims will take legal action against the school on Najwa’s hijab affair.

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Spain: National Federation of Muslims will take legal action against the school on Najwa’ hijab affair

Mohamed Mahla and his daughter Najwa

El Mundo:

The secretary of the Federation of Muslims in Spain, Yusuf Fernandez, announced that they will complain to the Constitutional Court about the decision the Camilo Jose Cela Institute of Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn (Madrid) took of expelling the young Muslims away from school for wearing the hijab in class. They consider this poses a “clear case of ‘Islamophobia”.

Fernandez said that this case “can be won in court” because the rejection of the child by the school board of the institute is an “aberration” that “violates and tramples” the rights recognized by the Constitution. “It is a rule that discriminates and that it lacks any legal validity,” he argued.

“There is no negotiation because we are talking about a basic right. This is a battle for freedom of the Muslims and the Spanish people in general. We can not live in a state that violates human rights for free. We are undertaking this battle until the end of the Constitutional Court”he said.

In this regard, he hoped that the young Nawja wins the case and get that “triumph of freedom” that any citizen could be free to profess their religion and “dress as it sees fit”. The State must not be allowed to deny a central manifestation of religious freedom, not to Catholics or anyone, he scolded.

Now he is champion of Catholics’ rights. Well, just let me recover from my surprise.

So veil is a “central manifestation of religious freedom”. FernĂĄndez should explain in the same defiant tone what is its meaning. And why it’s not only a “cultural” thing, something that other politicians, like Leire PajĂ­n, Secretary General of the Socialists, have claimed to be its right interpretation.

It’s interesting that there was an express regulation forbidding anyone, be it Muslim or non-Muslim, to dress with the head covered. So where is the “trampling of her rights”? She has been treated as any other student!!

He went on further to answer Equality Minister Bibiana Aido, who said yesterday that she doesn’t like any kind of veil. “I don’t mind whether this person likes it or not. If they don’t like others to exercise their rights, that’s their problem“, he said.

On the other hand, regarding the opinion of the president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, leaving the decision of expulsion of the young in the hands of the Board of Education school, Fernandez said that “it is a wrong decision” because the Constitution “protects” a Nawja.

It also protects the autonomy of each school.

Finally, said he is handling the complaint and its legal services and seek to “all Muslim organizations in Spain” to join these legal actions.

 ABC runs an opinion piece on the subject titled “The thousand faces of Hijab”:

For some it is a sign of forced submission of women in a backward culture. For others it is a free and safe expression of faith who someone wants to exhibit. And even some people describe it as a purely social outfit and totally detached from religion. The hijab means so many different things. (It has so important a meaning) the piece of cloth to Malha Najwa, the teenager and resident of Pozuelo, who feels so attached to forego her schooling. There are many faces of a garment around Europe which is waging a virulent ideological battle. Now the battle has come to Spain.

A minor, with its commitment to assist your school with the “hijab” although the school regulations prohibiting head coverings, has stirred the educational community and the general public, reopening a debate that is still pending in Spain resolution. While in other countries, like France, the law prohibits the display of the controversial garment in the classroom, in Spain, the legal vacuum left the decision on this difficult issue to the governing bodies of schools. Moreover, as happens usually in subjects like this one, it is accompanied by a media pressure that blurs the school life.

The IES Camilo JosĂ© Cela, in which is registered Najwa, has chosen to enforce the rules and separate her from the rest of his classmates while she doesn’t change her attitude. For the child’s environment this is an intolerable prejudice to her right to education and religious freedom.

But the question that in the few Western media made and yet remains open within the bosom of Islam really is whether the “hijab” has the religious aspect attributed to the environment of the child in the controversy. For Laure Rodriguez of the Union of Muslim Women in Spain, the scarf is just “a piece of personal choice of the woman who has no religious nature.” However, Alilech Mohamed Said, a friend of Najwa’s father and imam in the mosque of Pozuelo, argues that “it is a religious practice, an obligation for women, resulting from the rules of their religion“, but insists that Islam is embraced a voluntary decision.

Remember that Najwa’s father is also an imam at that mosque? Voluntary decision to wear the scarf, hah! As this guy says, it is compulsory for Muslim women to wear it. Is that true? Maybe not, but sincerely who would have had more influence on this teenager: some far away boss of a “UniĂłn of Muslim Women in Spain” or his father’s friend and co-imam and the mosque?

La RazĂłn:

The ball is now on the roof of the Malha family. Finally, it will be Najaw’s parents (…) who will decide on the academic future of the 16-year-old girl. At this moment the situation is paralyzed. On Tuesday, the school Board of Education refused to amend its rules to allow the young to receive her classes with the Islamic headscarf over her hair. Nawja has frequently expressed its intention to continue with the “hijab” in the classroom and the only solution now is to transfer her to another center in the same locality, Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn, who did allow their students to wear the Muslim headscarf .

If Nawja does not give up and lets her veil outside the classroom, she can not return to school to completed all the compulsory secondary education so far. Following the decision of the School Council, the center’s director informed Mohamed Malha that his daughter, with her handkerchief, can not enter into any classroom and that the regulation stops them. Yesterday was the Department of Education of the Community of Madrid, directed by Lucia Figar, who rejected an appeal made by girl’s father in the early days she spent away from their classes in the school library.

As of April 9 entered in the register of the Ministry a letter from Mohamed Malha in which it claims “in essence, the precautionary suspension of the warning sanction” and asks for “his daughter to complete the course in the center,” as it says in the document rejecting the petition by the Education’s Department.

The center has invoked Article 32 of its internal rules and Jose Macias, director of the West Area Planning of the Education’s Department, says in the document that the director of the institute ‘rules correctly applied and fully respected the procedure established to discipline students”. In addition, it plays the same Article of Rules of Procedure which states that “inside the building is not allowed to use caps or any other garment that covers the head.” His appeal has not yielded the expected results and now provides family legal action to get the teenager to wear her headscarf in the IES Camilo JosĂ© Cela. So far, according to Mohamed Said Aliech (remember? the imam who says that the veil is a religious obligation for women), a spokesman for the Malha, they haven’t made up their mind about changing her of school or forcing her to remove her veil.

They are been advised to launch an education havoc based on two motives: first, they want to “ask the responsibility of the director, who decided to isolate the student for twenty days”, the second appeal against the decision of the School Board until the direction’s body of the school approves the change in its rules and allow Nawja Malha attend class with their “hijab” post.

For now, because of her “poor health“, the girl’s parents want to have her away of everything. They don’t want her to be more fagile after suffering an anxiety attack on Monday when she learned that the School Board did not intend to make an exception for her (that’s right, it’s an EXCEPTION what she is asking for, not to be recognised as equal to her classmates). Moreover, according to his father, she has depressed since her away from their peers (remember she said she wanted to wear the hijab “whatever the outcome”?). The media pressure is making her health worse.

Although Aliech (“the veil is compulsory” imam) said the Malha’s do not want to “harm the child and their basic rights” the fact is that unless they take matters into hands, Najwa will not be able to finish the course. Either she leaves the IES Camilo JosĂ© Cela or she goes without a scarf. These are the two options that the family must urgently resolve given the approaching end of the school year, which will occur in less than two months.

In this same situation are the families of the friends of Nawja. “They’re afraid, they do not want to create problems with their school mates,” said Hadir Zerrad yesterday, the father of one of the young Muslim Eisner Institute of Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn.

Fatima, Manar and Latifa decided to go yesterday without their “hijab” in the center. They had all week going to school with her hair covered with scarves as a sign of support for her friend, who, like them, Spanish is of Muslim origin.

Yesterday, about twenty past eight in the morning, appeared bare-headed (this is where I just got it wrong: they didn’t actually remove their hijab when entering school but the school removed them from their classes to a common hall yes, they wear the hijab outside school and they remove it when entering their classroom via). The reason for this decision, as explained Zerrad quoted by Ep, was the emergence of the National Democracy stickers on the front of the school.

The stickers, which were quickly withdrawn by the makers of the institute and several students, railed against the “Islamization” of Spain. “The thing already goes wrong … If they were accompanied, but girls are alone and do not want anything to happen to them, “said Zerrad. He has deterred her daughter to wear the “hiyab” to avoid having problems like Nawja.

So they don’t end up wearing hte hijab, because it’s the law, but rather because some far-righters put some stickers in their school against the Islamization of Spain. They only understand threats and violence, not the fulfillment of the law. And this people claim to be integrated?

I’m astonished…

Background:
16-year-old removed from school for wearing the hijab.
School confirms hijab’s prohibition.
Opinions on Najwa’s hijab.

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Spain: Opinions on Najwa’s hijab

The text is Indonesian, the left picture says ...Indonesian text. It says: left image, wrong clothing, right image, right clothing. Image via Wikipedia

El Mundo reports (background here and here):

In the Calvary street, symbolically related to Christianity, a few meters from the City of Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn, lives the small Muslim community of the town, consisting of between 150 and 200 people. In the street you can find Islamic butcher shops food and booths run by Moroccans, in addition to the small mosque, whose chairman is Mohamed, Najwa’s father, the 16 year-old under the neon lights after she was removed from class for wearing the Islamic veil.

Since ten years ago, the Moroccans have been invading the area because it is the cheapest, but there is no problem with them,” said the clerk in a butcher shop on the street where Najwa’s family live. She has three younger siblings. They live in an old apartment of three rooms in the same street, whose rent costs about 800 euros per month. On the estate where they live -a block of flats with a three-story courtyard-, it’s said that living with them is “very good“, they are people “working“, “very religious“, that “there are no problems (with them).”

The area seems an example of coexistence. Moroccan and Spanish on the street greet each other with a confidence as if they knew each other for a lifetime. “How are you today?” The question is asked by Paqui, an already retired Spanish, to Fatima, his Moroccan neighbor, stuck in the doorway taking the air assisted with a respirator. “Well …“, replies, cocking his head this Moroccan woman who understands that “young Najwa can not wear the veil at school.” “If there are 40 who do not have and one that it has, it’s normal she is not allowed. They have to wear it all or none. When I go to work and I can not wear it, it is the law, it must be respected, “says Fatima, who wears the veil only when she is home. “Not married”, she says, looking as if she needed justification.

Moroccan women in the neighborhood say they most do hijab but “voluntarily”, no one forces them. “This is a matter of religion, we were it because we want, not because of our husbands. “When my daughters want to use it, they will be able to, but I would not force them,” says Zora, who works in the cleaning industry and considers Najaw’s mother, Fatima, as an example of their freedom of choice precisely.

She didn’t do the hijab until she was over 30, when they had their children,” he says. Zora stresses that no one interferes in their decision. “With the hijab, we comply with the Quran. I told them at work I had to wear it and they told me there was no problem,” continues this woman who does not hesitate to support Najwa.

“It does not hurt anyone, she’s a good girl and has received this very bad. She insists on wearing it and that decision must be respected,” said Zora, which comes with several friends to make her purchases in a shop in the street, that despite the presence of Moroccans, has not become  a ‘ghetto’ at all. “We have been offended by the school’s decision because she is well dressed and going well for each school, there are some that go with pants down or broken and everyone can see evern their private parts,” explains the Moroccan who has been living about ten years in Spain.

Well, if those are not well-dressed they should be reminded about the regulations related to dressing.

Not all Muslims think the same in their neighborhood. “Everyone has the freedom to practice their religion, but in this case above that, there are school rules. You can wear the veil outside and remove it when you arrive to school,” says Khatib, who works at a mobile shop and understands the prohibition of the Institute Camilo JosĂ© Cela. His friend Farid, who works in the area, doesn’t agree with him. “In Morocco we do not try to convince people about Islam or say to Spanish women who can not wear miniskirts,” he says.

No, they just think that speaking about Christianity to a Muslim is terrorism. Muslims could get converted to Christianity, corrupting their pure souls with Western ideas…

Regulations to be met

“It is the policy of the school and there’s nothing more to speak about,” another Moroccan neighbor said laconically. She wears a veil and prefers to remain anonymous. The Spanish neighbors think mostly that the regulations are there to be met. “These are the rules of the school, if women who go to Morocco have to wear the veil, and if they are given here everything as if they were Spanish, they will have to accept the rules,” insists another Spanish merchant of the area.

Meanwhile, Najwa is still at home, “very angry” and “sad” because if she has to change her school in the end, she will “cease to be with their friends,” says Marian, a cousin of the family, very upset with the decision of the institute.

Wasn’t she taking the decision, “whatever the outcome”?

Spanish women are not obliged to wear the hijab when they are in Morocco. It is an unfair decision and although there is a regulation there should be exceptions. Wearing the headscarf is not a fad like wearing a hat,” says Marian, who defines Najwa as “very loving” and “friend of her friends“, who are supporting her in this particular ‘fight’.

So, can I enter a mosque without taking my shoes off, and without converting to Islam? Well, there you go, there should be exceptions. I want to see how a mosque looks like.

“Spanish and Moroccan” her cousin emphazises. She defines Najwa’s decision as if she were a Catholic nun. “It’s like a girl who decides to become a nun and dress like them, who’s going to say no,” she asks.

No, this case is as if a Catholic nun who had obligatory veil wanted to go without it. Catholic nuns are older than this girl and if required to take their veil off (for example to have their photos taken), they do it.

But there is another cause for this rule. Teenagers are used to wear MP3 or even the mobile headphones inside the cups/veils, whatever (see comments). So  most schools have forbidden them to rest assured that every student is paying attention during the class hours and not listening to music or something.

A commenter answers:

  1. In Morocco you cannot eat or smoke in public during Ramadan.
  2. A man and woman cannot go hand in hand by the streets.
  3. A man cannot wear trousers which do not cover his knees.
  4. You cannot enter on the 99% of the mosques (churches are open to everyone at every time…).
  5. Bells cannot ring in the few Christian churches that exist.
  6. The treatment to women is discriminatory.
  7. You can’t use a bikini except on private beaches.
  8. Once you cross the frontier there is no security, regarding your private rights.
  9. Police stops foreigner vehicles to oblige them to pay for false infractions.

Does anyone know if any of the above quotes are true? I will search for them lately but if someone knows about them, please leave the link in comments.

ABC.es reports that the school’s door yesterday’s morning with stickers with the slogan “No to Islamization. No to the mosque” from far-right party Democracia Nacional (really judeophobic and anti-American too):

Najwa’s three companions arrived yesterday at the school. In solidarity with her, they were carrying the symbolic garment, although they took it off when entering the center. By contrast, the exterior wall of the center has appeared full of stickers with the slogan “Stop Islamisation. NO Mosque”. Several students began to remove the stickers, while a cleaning crew of the City of Pozuelo cleaned the wall.

It was 8.20 am when the three schools arrived. Giving their backs to the reporters and with ease faced cameras and reporters who had come to the place. “I give a shit what they have written in those stickers,” noted one of the minors.

The three children reported that Najwa is ‘very bad‘, “nervous” and “crying all day.”I repeat: wasn’t she the one who said she was wearing it whatever happened?

For this reason, their partners will continue the protest “until this changes.” They warned that they abide by the center’s decision but that they do not understandit: “I see no equality here and has been “superunjust”. It’s a religious thing you can not change, “said one of them. Najwa asked them to stop supporting her because she didn’t want them to “have problems” and “sufferings.” But the girls are determined to continue. “We will risk to the end, we are with her,” reiterated today the three of them. ‘Najwa will never take away the veil again”. 

So, they say they want to “risk everything till the end”. But they take off the hijab when entering the school, so they are supporting Najwa for doing something they are not doing themselves. If they were really “risking blablabla”, they will also enter the school’s premises with the hijab on.  My opinion is that they are really feeling like “heroes” fighting against the bad guys of the school… They have watched to many films I think.

A few meters away, the mother of a high school student, Paqui, spoke visibly upset at the situation, her support for the hijab ban. Being with their head unconvered “is the standard of the institute, we should remember that the school is secular public,” emphasized Paqui, while recalling that not long ago the school removed the crucifixes.  

The students don’t have the same views on the subject. “Education should be secular,” said one of them while removing the stickers. Another one, on the other hand, while performing the same task, added that he felt perfectly about the students’ decision to come to class with their heads covered, because it “falls under the freedom of each one.” 

The School Board of the Institute decided yesterday to maintain regulations, by 15 votes in favor and two against. The school management also said that she was not expelled and that she has all her educational needs met. 

A professor and head of studies also spoke to reporters stationed at the door of the center. “We will not discuss the matter again until another proposal is presented. The regulation is correct and has been like that for a long time“says the head of studies regarding the rule prohibiting students to attend class with the head covered. 

The case, far from being closed, threatens to spread to other centers, as friends of Najwa said. The three said that she has not yet decided whether to switch to another center where they allow the use of headscarves.

Esperanza Aguirre. El Mundo.es

Esperanza Aguirre (right), the President of Madrid’s Autonomous Community has spoken on the issue:

The president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, warned today that the freedom of schools to adjust their standards of living and functioning “cannot in any way be questioned“, freedom which is also “respected and supported by the Regional Government“.

Aguirre has made these statements in reference to the vote that took place yesterday in the School Board of the Institute Camilo Jose Cela Pozuelo de Alarcon, who upheld the rules of the center that prevents the students from wearing any garment covering their heads and, therefore, the Islamic veil too.

The president has never specifically mentioned the controversy, but she wanted to state “loud and clear” that her government “respects the rules and operating instructions given by the cloister and the school board of each school“, approved “within their own management, to ensure peaceful coexistence and the success of the educational project“.

What we can not in any way, as has been done these days, is let people question the freedom of each center to regulate their coexistence,” Aguirre stressed.

She insisted that the schools in the Community “will always have the support” of her government in the defense of the regulations that are passed by the cloisters, according to the Organic Law of Education and the decree that regulates Coexistence inside Madrid.

Other comments on the issue:

The president of the National Catholic Confederation of Catholic Student’s Parents (CONCAPAN), Luis Carbonel, expressed today his “respect” to the decision taken by the School Board of the Institute of Camilo Jose Cela Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn (Madrid), which ultimately will not change its rules and not allow entry of a Muslim student with a headscarf, so that she must attend another public school in the locality.

Carbonel declared to Servimedia that “the rules must be obeyed by all Spanish and foreign,” and stated that “decisions of a school board must be respected unless they are contrary to the Constitution” and in this case they are not, he added.

He also recalled that schools have the autonomy to decide on its rules of procedure and noted that “immigrants who come here enjoy the same rights, but have to assume the same obligations, and that means accepting our rules.”

Like when we go to their country respect its rules and for example you do not enter a mosque footwear, they also have to be respectful to the rules of the host countries, in this case Spain,” Carbonel said.

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Spain: school confirms hijab’s prohibition

This is an update on this story:

The Centre’s management announced that the Board of Education of the Secondary Education School “Camilo JosĂ© Cela” has “decided to maintain the internal rules unchanged“, according to a statement written by its director, Eduardo de Bergia. The center expelled a student from a Muslim background last week after she attended class with the veil.

Now, the Department of Education of the Community of Madrid announced that, if the child wants to keep going to school with the veil, they will search “immediately” for another one, near the current center, in which they permit her go with the veil according to its internal rules, reported the deparment’s official sources.

After an hour and a half meeting, the School Board, formed in addition to the permanent members (director, head teacher and secretary), by representatives of teachers, pupils, parents and administrative staff, decided to leave the article 32 of the regulations which states: “Inside the building it’s not allowed to use caps or any other garment that covers the head.”

The announcement made by the center just after the meeting, in addition to explaining their position, points out that “most of the students are underage”, and that “the center does not have permission from their legal representatives to let them being interviewed or have their pictures taken”, following the media expectation that has raised the case and that has caused journalists crammed into the gates of the Secondary School from early in the morning.

One of the members of the School Council, the Councillor for Education from Pozuelo de Alarcon, Maria Jesus Castillo, told the media present when the meeting was over, that the vote had been “secret” and that at all times “the autonomy of center has been respected”.

Thus, the 16-year-old, who is unable to attend class since last week, has to make a decision. So, she could be changed to a center at 300 meters from its present one or abandon the Islamic hijab and stay in her current class with her colleagues.

As educational sources explained, the first option would be considered if the schoolgirl, as noted in recent days, maintains her stance of wanting to study at the center with his head covered. In this case, the Department of Education has offered another Secondary School not far from where she is studying. 

Indeed, the Councillor for Education, who is also chairman of the School Board raised the possibility of her going to the Secondary School San Juan de la Cruz, located on the street with the same name, near the Camilo JosĂ© Cela. This center, unlike the IES Camilo JosĂ© Cela, doesn’t have any rule that ban students to attend classes with their heads covered (whatever it’s a hat, scarf or hood, for example), so there would be no problem for her to be enrolled immediately, even at mid-year.

Another option is that the student eventually resigns to go to class without a veil, as she has done so far, to remain in her school. By now, as today explained the father, the child is receiving counseling for “depression” and it is unclear what decision she will take.

Meanwhile, Spanish Minister of Education, Ángel Gabilondo has supported the banning of crucifixes and the admittance of hijabs, because the latter “doesn’t offend to anyone”. A minister of the self-called “more feminist Government of the Spanish history” is not offended by a symbol of masculine dominance over the women. ABC continues:

The Education Minister, Angel Gabilondo, supported today the school attendance of girls expelled from the Secondary School Camilo JosĂ© Cela in Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn (Madrid) because of having their head covered with the Islamic “hijab” because in his opinion the right to education “is above every one else in this matter“.

In statements given to the media after attending the delivery of the master scholarships of the Spanish Social financial entity “la Caixa”, Gabilondo said that “each person’s right to their own image, freedom of religion and, mainly, the right to education, are above this controversy“. “I support the children’s right to attend class,” he said.

Regarding the possibility that the future Religious Freedom Act will be governing these aspects, the minister said that “one can not compare the identification of a group in a secular society, as established by the Constitution, with a particular and personal measure.” “The law is not going to get into these things,” settled.

The minister’s opinion conflicts with the views expressed by those responsible for Education in the Community of Madrid. If at first, the Department’s Chief, Lucia Figar, merely stated that the Regional Executive respected the internal rules of this morning, Francisco Granados has raised the tone. Granados, Chief of Interior, Presidence and Justice of the Community, said that parents who want their daughters wear the veil will have to choose schools in which hijabs are allowed and added that the Community is against the use of this garment .”We believe it is an element of differentiation and discrimination is wrong to encourage.”

Also mentioned this controversy the Ombudsman for Children, Arthur Canalda, which has recommended the institute responsible for addressing this issue from “a human point of view.” Canalda understands that regarding the current legislation, one has to be lenient with the “hijab”. “Either it’s a free issue or the veil is changed” he said. The Ombudsman has tried to get away from the general debate and has recommended to meet “the personal situation of these girls.”

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Spain: 16-year-old girl removed from class for wearing the â€œhijab”

The girls with their hair hidden in “solidarity” with Najwa.

El Mundo:

Najwa Malha, the 16-year-old Muslim girl who was removed from class for wearing the ‘hijab‘ (headscarf), has not come to school today. As her father has reported this morning, Mohammed Malha, the child is suffering from severe pressure and is getting psychological counseling.

The girl is depressed because he fears she will be excluded from the Institute Camilo Jose Cela , in the Madrid suburb of Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn. Today the Institute’s School Board meets to study if they modify the rules of procedure specifying that “inside the building is not allowed to use caps or any other garment that covers the head.”

Meanwhile, Najwa will receive the solidarity of their colleagues and this morning, five children have gone to school with his head covered (four with the ‘hijab’ and one with a hood). “We’re going to support her whatever the risks “, has assured 14-year-old Fatima, a Spanish of Moroccan origin aged 14, whose father says he is supportive of this protest, but that he is not pushing her, as was reported yesterday by the center.

Her father, Jarid, says that “everyone can go to school dressed as he pleases. There is no rule.” Latifa, another youth who has come to class with her hair covered, said: “We do this to show solidarity with Najwa. We try to help her not to feel alone.”

As reported yesterday, the parents and their daughters could not attend their classes and were instead taken to a study hall, after going to school with their head covered in solidarity with the child.

According to the digital newspaper ‘Andaluspress.com’ , these children, Spanish nationals with Muslim origin, were able to enter their class yesterday, but after the break, around 11.30 hours, the three young women with ‘hijab’ were removed and taken to a study hall.

According to the father of one of the girls, the school admonished them that “they were just asking for trouble” to appear with their head covered in class. However, this family maintains that “it is their right” to do whatever they want and that their response has been that “have a duty to take because they are Muslim.”

The parent said that since then, the Institute has not allowed them to return to class and even gave them a warning, explaining what happened. In this situation, parents today have decided to accompany the students to ask for explanations and see what happens to their daughters.

When came to light the case of the 16 year-old who had her entry banned, the Director of the Institute Camilo Jose Cela de Pozuelo de AlarcĂłn said that at “all time” they had complied with “the right to education” of the student and referred to the Article 32 of the Rules of Procedure of the Centre, which states that “inside the building is not allowed to use caps or any other garment that covers the head.”

The Education Department of the Community of Madrid said on Friday that the department is respecting the internal regulations of each school, which are approved by the School Councils. Furthermore, that respect is already reflected in the Organic Law of Education (LOE) and the Decree of Coexistence prepared by the Community of Madrid.

Education Department’s sources who have been in contact with the center ensure that the School Board could repeal section of its rules prohibiting wearing a headscarf in class.

Moroccan Workers’ Association (atime) criticized the decision that prevents Najwa from going to class for wearing the ‘hijab’ (veil) and requested the urgent intervention of the Department of Education of the Community of Madrid.

Najwa, of Moroccan family but a Spanish national, has ensured that she would use the Islamic headscarf “whatever happens.” The youth took this decision against her parents, who tried to persuade her not to wear it.

About her motives, Karam said it was “an act of submission” to her God, which, in her view, must be respected, but she also said that she wears it because she likes to.

ABC:

Najwa didn’t appear in the center, although her father did: “I came to submit a medical report because she has yet to enter a psychiatric facility. She has a deep depression.” She has spent the night in the hospital Puerta de Hierro. “This afternoon, her doctor will decide whether she is entering it or not.”

As of yesterday, “with rumors that are going to b expelled and the pressure of today she is getting worse. Since then, she neither eats nor sleeps, is really bad,” said his father.” “Now”, he continued, we are more worried because of her health that because of her schooling. Mohamed repeated to the media that Najwa is entitled to wear the” hijab “guaranteed in Article 16 of the Constitution.

Oh, well, so if another teenager wants to go naked because the religion of the “naked saints” tells her to, are we also going to let her attend class because if not “she would need counselling”? Time outSigh

This girl wears it because she thinks it’s cool and possibly as a rebellion. But what really is strange in this case (as some commenters noted in the article) is that she is doing something because of her deep commitment “whatever happens”, but then, when she is removed from class, she feels depressed. Isn’t that a little bit strange?

There is another fact to highlight: Spanish Government wants to forbid the presence of crucifixes from public schools  and now this girl  (and her companions) wants to use a non-Christian (Muslim) religious symbol against the express regulation of the school. Speaking about equlity of religions.

Lastly, the School Board has teachers, parents and schoolchildren as members. The rule was mainly stablished, as in other schools, perhaps to prevent people from having a dirty hair and transmiting and spreading lice between the schoolchildren.

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Sports: hijabs and bears ruled out…. generally

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Several days ago, the Olympic Committee banned Iranian football team to play in Youth Olympics because they were wearing the hijab. Islamist Watch posts about the dressing issue at sports:

Relative to most areas of public life, the sports community has proven quite resistant to demands that Islam be accommodated, perhaps because the integrity of competition requires that fixed rules apply to all. FIFA, the global governing body of soccer, is the latest to just say no:

The secretary-general of Iran‘s National Olympic Committee has called on Muslim countries to protest the world soccer body’s ban on headscarves for women during the Youth Olympic Games this summer.

Bahram Afsharzadeh has said that FIFA’s decision to forbid the Iranian women’s football team from wearing headscarves during the games in Singapore is a violation of Muslims’ rights and shows disregard for “issues such as nationality, religion, and race.”

The decision also creates “obstacles on their part in the way of women’s progress,” the hard-line Fars news agency quoted Afsharzadeh as saying.

Yes, a representative of Iran’s theocracy decried “obstacles 
 in the way of women’s progress.” But FIFA’s rules trump his protestations. They stipulate that “basic compulsory equipment,” which does not include headgear, “must not contain any political, religious, or personal statements.” Moreover, “a player may use equipment other than the basic equipment provided that its sole purpose is to protect him physically and it poses no danger to him or any other player.” So even if one disagrees that an Islamic headscarf, by nature, carries a religious message, good luck arguing that its function is to prevent soccer-related injuries.

This is not the first time that hijabs have stirred controversy in sports. Three years ago, the International Football Association Board, which writes the rules that FIFA enforces, refused to cave after the Quebec Soccer Federation announced that “the wearing of the Islamic veil or any other religious item is not permitted.” In addition, the Swiss basketball association ProBasket told a player set to debut in a regional league last year that she could not don a hijab on the court, noting that the world governing body FIBA prohibits religious symbols or head coverings.

And while female Muslim boxers can wear hijabs at the 2012 Olympics, male counterparts in the UK have yet to win religious accommodation of their own. Muslims and Sikhs are attempting to overturn the Amateur Boxing Association of England’s newly comprehensive ban on beards, enacted because “facial hair can cause abrasions to opponents’ faces 
 and most importantly doctors say clean-shaven athletes allow them to see cuts.”

We close with a tragic tale of Islamic attire and sports. A woman was killed last week in Australia when her clothing, variously described as a burqa or hijab, got caught by the axle of a go-kart that she was driving. Signs at the track reportedly “outline a number of rules, including appropriate footwear for drivers, but do not mention scarves or other forms of head-dress.” If they had, a Muslim’s life could have been saved — despite the inevitable charges of anti-Muslim bigotry that such restrictions would have provoked.

I have copied it in its entirety because I really believe it’s all worth reading. This is not a matter of  bigotry or something similar: it’s one of equality. If no one can compete with clothes which could be deemed religious, no one can, whatever the anger they can feel.

I insist that the ban should have been done before, in the moment they applied for their place at the Olympics. But that’s not the point: the point is that if you don’t comply with certain specific norms, you can’t compete.

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Spain: the Interior Ministry's analysis on Muslims

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I read it first on Barcepundit but Islam in Europe had it translated. So I am going to draw some conclusions, considering the percentages that the Govt’s poll has shown.

The poll was done with the interviews to 2,000 foreign Muslims living in Spain of about 767, 784 people. So, this is the first flaw I see on the poll. There are Spanish converts to Islam and some of them can be much more radical than the people who have been Muslims since their birth. For example, in the documentary Generation Jihad (1, 2, 3), portraiting the radicalisation of young UK Muslims, two of the Muslims who had been condemned by terrorist attacks were converts, who weren’t adapted to their surroundings (they critisized the “degenerated Britons”). The reason is that the converts should prove their real compromise with their new religion, so if they are introduced in it by someone who is an extremist, they are going to be extremelly radicalised.

Barcepundit has made some calculations:

  1. 5% of the Muslims express “radical views“. 5%(767,784)=39,389.
  2. 2% (15,356) don’t agree or disagree with the statement “violence can never be used to defend or spread religious beliefs”. Don’t agree or disagree? Are we insane? How on earth can you “don’t agree or disagree” (that is, not have an opinion…) about such an statement?
  3. 1% (7,678) does not agree at all or agrees very little with the statement “violence can never be used to defend or spread religious beliefs”.

But, being violence a most important thing, I don’t think it’s the only interesting thing:

  1. Firstly, the number of Muslims who define themselves as very religious Muslims “has increased slightly”. We see the “slight increase” and it’s not so slight: the percentage has risen from 41% to 52% in three years. There is no mention to what they define as “very practising Muslim” but it would be really useful to know.
  2. In the same period of time, the percentage of adapted Muslims has decreased (from 86% to 81%) and has increased the one of Muslims who are not adapted (from 17% to a 12%). That is, nowadays there are 130,523 Muslims who consider themselves as not adapted to Spanish lifestyle.

Normally, adaptation to a country, in the matter we are speaking here, means that you consider yourself as any other citizen, with rights and obligations before the law, whatever their ideas, beliefs or creed. But a growing trend in un-adapted people means precisely that they consider themselves as not supporting that same lifestyle or values, which the perceive as “alien”. A 5% rise in 3 years, even when the Government has been pushing their “Alliance of Civilizations”‘ agenda, is not precisely something to be happy about. Because those people are normally the ones who consider that they don’t have to adapt or that their own religious regulation should be enacted, because they are not like the rest. In this case the Sharia Law.

I’m not saying that all those un-adapted are pushing for Shariah Law. But that an important number of them can consider that possibility that I do say.

Note that there is no question about this in the poll. Even when extremists are  not only the ones who support violence, but also those who support Islamization and the enactment of Sharia Law in Western countries, the poll does not contain any question regarding this matter. It’s true that there have been no calls for Sharia enactment here, except when Mansur Escudero asked the Government to introduce polygamy in the Civil Code, with a reference to the Qu’ran (so if you weren’t Muslim and you wanted to marry more than one wife, you were bound by the Islamic regulation). But the countries where that calls for Sharia are going on, had a much more important tradition of Islamic immigration than Spain.

Anyway, cases like the Sharia illegal tribunal set up in Catalonia which condemned a woman to stoning on adultery charges (and whose “judges” have been freed after she hasn’t been found) or the imam who tried to force the hijab on a woman of his mosque, even if isolated incidents, should have been reason enough to add that question.

There are also no indications about the geographics on this subject. We know that Salafists have an important presence in several regions (particularly in Catalonia, where HuT has a growing “fan club” and when they recruit Al-Qaeda, for example), so it would have been also interesting to know the precentages about this in the poll. Specially because if the interviewed are from regions where radicalization is lower, then the results are going to be much more favourable.

Anyway, it’s good to hear that they consider themselves as good Muslims and good Spanish nationals in an important majority.

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Iran: girls football team banned from Youth Olympics for wearing the hijab

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Fifa has banned the Iranian girls football team from the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in October on the grounds that the players would be wearing the hijab.

Iranian officials say the decision is politically motivated and a violation of the athletes’ religious rights.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Monday that Iran had been removed from the competition, based on a ruling by the Fifa executive committee that the Iranian team would not be allowed to participate if its players refused to appear without the hijab.

“Taking into consideration the clear position stated by the [Olympics Committee] of Iran, the Fifa Executive Committee had no choice but to take the decision that [Iran] will not be able to participate,” the Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said, according to a letter that appeared on the AFC website.

…According to Farideh Shojaee, the deputy head of the Iranian Football Federation, Fifa officials had originally accepted the Iranian team’s participation in the Singapore games knowing the players would be wearing the hijab, but then worried that other countries may try to play in national dress, rather than standard football strips.

“They thought the Islamic hijab was our country’s national and official costume and reasoned that [athletes from] other countries may want to wear their national costumes in the games if the Iranian team was allowed to do so,” she was quoted by Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) as saying.

Iranian officials also believe Fifa’s decision to ban the hijab in the Youth Olympics will set a precedent that affects not only Iranian female athletes in the future, but also those from other Islamic countries.

via Iran’s girls team banned from Youth Olympics for wearing the hijab – The National Newspaper.

This decision should have been made when the team was presented to take part in the Olympic Games. Anyway, I agree with the decision: athletes should wear the standard dress to compete, not a “national dress”, which would make it not a sports competition but a “national dress” one.

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Generation Jihad Ep 3

Previous parts can be watched here and here.

It’s interesting that the notion of Jihad is an Islamic one, but they feel “outraged” at being watched but, as an imam says later, the community does not speak about Jihad. That opacity could lead to further attacks, because young people can consider that the truth is being hidden for them and that the only people speaking openly about the issue are Osama and Co. Meanwhile they are so worried about being objects of police scrutiny, they are not watching at potential terrorist wannabees.Smiley

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Spain: Socialist Major stopped the arrest of harrassing Salafist imam

This is an update on this story:

Cunit’s Major (village located in the Baix PenedĂšs, 12,300 inhabitants), socialist Judit Alberich, blocked the arrest of the imam charged with menacing, coercing and slandering a moderate Muslim, after he tried to attack the woman. The imam’s campaign, named Mohammed Benbrahim, was aimed at making Fatima lose her job because she didn’t wear a veil or was making acquaintances with non-Muslims, according to the process’ documents.

The police inspector wanted to arrest him but I stopped him to prevent a social conflict”, Alberich said to the Judge in charge of the investigations. “I wanted to bring peace to this subject”, she added in the statement. In his job as a mediator, the Major even asked Fatima to drop the accusation against the imam and the other three charged in the harrassment (his wife and daughter and the President of Cunit’s Islamic Association), who were also charged with coercion and slander.

This newspaper wanted the Major to speak with us about this issue but she didn’t answer the phone. The Generalitat’s Immigration Secretariat, who also maintained regular communications with Ghailan these last years to follow the case, didn’t make any statement either. Entities such as “SOS Racism” or the union CCOO’s immigration counsellor rejected that they wanted to silence these cases, based on religious or cultural reasons, instead of asking for legal responsibilities agains the culprits.

The good intentions mentioned by Alberich are in clear contrast with her deep knowledge of the problems faced by the integration of the Islamic community in the village. “There are people within this community that don’t want to integrate themselves, that have their wifes at home to prevent them to get in touch with people outside their community and that don’t even speak Spanish”, she stated before the Judge. She also stated she had met with Benbrahim and El Osri several times to solve the conflict. “I told them that they should ease the confrontation, that it was beneficial for no one. AbderramĂĄn told me that I should speak with Fatima and convince her to drop the charges”, she continues. The Major tried it several times unsuccessfully, as local sources have confirmed.

via La alcaldesa de Cunit frenĂł el arresto del imĂĄn extremista acusado de acoso · ELPAÍS.com.

Spain: Salafist Imam Charged for Coercing a Woman to Wear Hijab

(Translation: T&P)

She trembles and grasps the arm of one his sons when she passes another Moroccan-born when walking the streets of Cunit Tarragona. Fatima Ghailan, 31-year-old Muslim, Moroccan born, doesn’t want to explain what she is nervous about. “My position is difficult, I don’t have even police protection“, she excuses herself. She is a Muslim believer, while, at the same time, she works, drives and doesn’t wear a veil. The city’s imam, Mohammed Benbraim, only seems to agree with the first mentioned thing.The imam’s harrass to the woman has reached so high levels that the Instruction Judge nÂș.1 from Vendrell has charged him with menace, coercion and slander. Public Prosecution office has asked for a 5-year prison term for the imam; 4-year prison term for his assistand, the President of the Islamic Association of Cunit, Abderraman El Osri, charged with coercion and slander; and two for the imam’s wife and daughter, Zohra Ahmaddach and Haffsa Ben Brahim, on coercion charges.

The case shows the existence of tensions between Muslims for imposing an extremist Islam. The authorities consider Tarragona the main seebbed in Spain of Salafism, the ideology supported by Ibrahim. “We are worried“, has said the Catalan Government’s delegate in Tarragona, Xavier SabatĂ©.

Ghailan began separating herself from the Imam’s leadered community before 2007, but that year, when she began working as cultural mediator as the local townhall, “the problems began”, as she said to the judge on Dec 2008 to the judge. The imam “considers that the fact of dressing myself without hijab, that she keeps in touch with non-Muslim Spanish people, just as her sons do, and that she is separated from the Islamic community makes her merit reproach“, the Judge’s instruction, written last May, says, after 6 months of investigations.

via Imputado un imĂĄn por coaccionar a una mujer que no lleva velo · ELPAÍS.com.

The existence of Salafism in Catalonia is something very well-known. Last December a woman escaped a sure killing on adultery charges after being “judged” Taliban style in a masia. This is possible because there is no integration of Muslims withing non-Muslims’ society, perceived as “ungodly“. Salafists are also funding terrorism, specially AQIM, the same terrorist group that abducted 3 Spanish-Catalan volunteers in Mauritania and has threatened to kill a French volunteer, if their demands are not met.

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AQ: Al-Zawahiri’s wife on women

AFP:

The wife of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has appealed to Muslim women not to join the jihad themselves but to support their menfolk in holy war, US monitoring groups said on Thursday.

In a letter released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm As-Sahab entitled “A Message to the Muslim Sisters,” Omayma Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan also called on the female faithful to resist Western pressure to shun the hijab, or headscarf, the monitors said.

Well what did you expect? 😆 What could Al-Zawahiri have said IF she said she thinks otherwise?

Chechenya: the signs of the Islamic revival

Reuters, thanks to MAS:

Though polygamy is illegal in Russia, the southern Muslim region of Chechnya encourages the practice, arguing it is allowed by sharia law and the Koran, Islam’s holiest book.

…Political analysts say that in exchange for successfully hunting out Islamist fighters, the Kremlin turns a blind eye to Kadyrov’s Muslim-inspired rules.

Today Grozny’s cafes hold men sipping smuggled beer out of teacups as alcohol has been all but banned, single-sex schools and gyms are becoming the norm and women must cover their heads in government buildings.

Clad in a tight hijab, Asya Malsagova, who advises Kadyrov on human rights issues and heads a state council dealing with the rights of Chechen prisoners, told Reuters: “We believe every woman should have a choice — but we prefer she covers up.”

Against the backdrop of a bubbling Islamist insurgency, Islam’s revival has also brought violence against those who do not live by sharia law in the North Caucasus — a region the Kremlin has described as its biggest political domestic problem.

…Dirt roads lead the way to Chechnya’s first camel farm, about 55 km (34 miles) northwest of Grozny, where 46 of the two-humped creatures munch on salt and grass while they are groomed to be gifts for dowries and religious holidays.

Considered holy animals in Islam, they sell for 58,000 roubles ($1,886) each, said Umar Guchigov, the director of the farm, which opened just over a year ago under Kadyrov’s command, and plans are in place to build three more in Chechnya.

Camels, polygamy, shariah law (and persecution of those who don’t live under it), sex seggregation and veils. What a perspective…