Topic / Islam

Imam faces jail time over hate sermon in Danish mosque

In the first case of its kind in Denmark, prosecutors yesterday charged Imam Mundhir Abdallah, above, with inciting hatred of Jews. A case, according to this report, was made against Abdallah using a new criminal code on religious preaching introduced on January 1, 2017. Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Nørrebro at the Masjid […]

Woman who labelled Egypt a ‘son of a bitch’ country is jailed

Mona el-Mazboh, 24, a Lebanese tourist who used Facebook to attack sexual harassment she experienced in Egypt, was sentenced on Saturday to eight years in prison. According to this report, she was arrested last month at Cairo airport at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video, in which she called Egypt […]

Provocative? Well, yes!

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s (CEMB) presence at London’s Pride event last year was viewed as intentionally provocative and subversive and to that charge I would say, well yes! Pride, with its radical roots of standing up against bigotry and homophobia, is the best place to highlight and condemn injustices. But as a minority […]

Vicious UK imam jailed for 17 months for terrorising kids

Abdul Rauf, 51, described as “a nasty bully of a man” was jailed this week for bullying and beating children as young as ten in his Islamic study classes. According to this report, Rauf admitted 21 separate charges but a judge at Manchester Crown Court took around 80 attacks into account. Police said they saw […]

University professor in Hartford ran his office like a mosque

Biology professor Felix Coe, a Muslim professor at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Hartford, insisted that students had to say ‘Bismillah’ – meaning ‘in the name of Allah’ – and remove their shoes before entering his office. According to this report, Coe even had signs on his door and window saying “Knock first, then […]

SPLC admits it was wrong to call Maajid Nawaz an extremist

The Southern Poverty Law Center yesterday apologised for wrongly naming the Quilliam Foundation and its UK founder, Maajid Nawaz, above, as anti-Muslim extremists and has paid them a $3.375 million settlement. According to this report, the SPLC said in a statement: Today, we entered into a settlement with and offered our sincerest apology to Mr. Maajid Nawaz […]

IHEU condemns murder of yet another Bangladeshi atheist

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has renewed calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to give better protection to non-believers after atheist publisher Shahzahan Bachchu was murdered on Monday, June 11. Bachchu was known locally and within the secular Bangladeshi movement as an outspoken, sometimes fiery activist for secularism. He printed poetry and books related […]

Indian chess star snubs Iranian event over religious dress code

Woman Grandmaster and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan has refused to participate in the Asian Team Chess Championship in Iran later this year, saying ‘surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in sports.’ Last week she used Facebook to break the news of her decision to pull out of […]

Austrian action against radical Islam branded ‘Islamophobic’

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, above, has angrily reacted to reports that Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 imams. Kalin said the move was the result of an “Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave” in Austria and was an attempt to target Muslim communities for political gains. He […]

Muslims force removal of Saudi flag from World Cup bunting

When UK brewery giant Greene King decided to decorate its pubs with World Cup bunting, it had no inkling that such an act would annoy Muslims. Why? Because the flags of the 32 competing nations included one from Saudi Arabia, which proclaims: There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet. And you can’t […]