Topic / Islam

Abuse of children in Pakistan’s madrassas is rife, say report

The photo above, showing a distraught Pakistani mother, Kausar Parveen, comforting her nine-year-old son who had been raped in an Islamic school by a Muslim cleric, appears today in a shocking AP report about widespread sexual abuse of children in madrassas across the country. The AP investigation found that sexual abuse in the madrassas is a […]

Turkish authorities have just ramped up their war on gays

In June this year Turkish police viciously attacked participants at a gay pride march on Istanbul. And today it’s reported that authorities in Turkey have ramped up their opposition to all things gay by outlawing events organised by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in its capital city, Ankara. The ban has been imposed […]

Egypt ‘unfortunately’ has 866 atheists says TV presenter

It’s anyone guess as to how Rania Mahmoud Yassin, above arrived at this figure, but she did insist in a November 3 broadcast on Al -Assema TV  that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’. According to MEMRI TV, Yassin opened the discussion with the words: Atheism is not a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it exists in […]

Australia overwhelming says ‘Yes’ to same-sex marriage

Following the result of controversial postal ballot, Australia could have same-sex marriage by Christmas – and enjoy a massive financial windfall in the immediate aftermath. According to this report, gay marriage would provide an estimated cash injection of nearly $1 billion into the Australian economy over the first three years. That’s the “conservative” estimate economists […]

Paris prayer protest: ‘In France we do not worship in the street’

A ‘bizarre’ confrontation took place in the Paris suburb of Clichy on Friday when a French mayor and dozens of MPs and elected councillors tried to stop around 200 Muslims from praying in a street. According to this report, Théo Maneval, a reporter for the Europe1 radio news site, described the scenes as “bizarre” and […]

Islamophobia: row over halal meat erupts in Lancashire

Abdul Hamid Qureshi, above, of the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), is calling for a boycott of school meals in protest against the county council’s recent decision to ban meat from unstunned animals, with the exception of poultry. According to this report, he claimed that the ban would only serve to increase Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Councillors […]

Islamists in Libya shut down ‘blasphemous’ comic event

Libya’s second Comic Con event was brought to a sudden end on Friday when an Islamist paramilitary group raided it, citing a range of offences against Islam. According to this report, the so-called RADA Special Deterrence Forces (SDF) paramilitary group detained and assaulted some 20 fans. They also seized computers and other equipment, saying that […]

Bride’s bid to escape forced marriage ends in 17 deaths

Aasia Bibi, 21, and her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, pictured above in police custody, are accused of murdering 17 people who died in Pakistan after drinking poisoned milk intended for Bibi’s husband. According to this report, Bibi was forced by her family into an arranged marriage with a relative in September. When she appeared in court on […]

Egyptians have a ‘national duty’ to rape immodest women

Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh, above, believes that sexual harassment and even rape would discourage women from wearing immodest clothing. In fact, he believes, it is the “patriotic duty” of men to abuse provocative females, according to this report. The prominent conservative, described last year as “mentally ill” by a liberal Muslim cleric, made his views known […]

BBC’s Godslot: ‘Deeply boring’ but popular with listeners

A poll being run by the BBC that asks ‘Does Thought for The Day still have a place on the Today programme?’ today shows that more than 46 percent of listeners want it kept ‘exactly as it is.’ The poll was launched after veteran British broadcaster John Humphrys, above, ignited a fresh row over TFTD […]