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Posted on Sun, Aug 12, 2007 12:07

Tradition rules in religious matters There is no Egyptian law against converting from Islam to Christianity, but in the case of Mohammed Hegazy, tradition takes precedent. Under a widespread interpretation of Islamic law, converting from Islam is apostasy and punishable by death -- though killings are rare and the state has never ordered or carried out an execution on those grounds. Most Muslims who convert usually practice their new religion quietly or leave the country. Egypt is overwhelmingly Muslim. Only 10 percent of the 76 million population is Christian and converts are typically ostracized by their families. If the conversion becomes known, they may receive death threats from militants or harassment by police, who use laws against "insulting religion" or "disturbing public order" to target them. Christians who become Muslim can get their new religion entered on their IDs and face little trouble from officials, though they too are usually thrown out by their families. There have been similar cases in other parts of the Muslim world. In May, Malaysia's highest court refused to recognize the conversion of a Muslim woman to Christianity, saying the case should be handled by religious authorities.


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Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2007 22:14

In 2006, discrimination and violence against Muslims persisted throughout much of Europe. Though the number of registered incidents decreased from a peak level in 2005, after the subway bombings in London, the number of violent incidents remains high. "In Belgium, in May, an anti-immigrant fanatic murdered a pregnant Malian au pair, and the two-year-old Belgian infant in her charge. Shortly before, he had shot and seriously wounded a woman of Turkish origin wearing a Muslim headscarf, as she sat on a bench reading. In Poland, in July, at least four men attacked a Moroccan actor at an antiracism festival in the northern city of Olsztyn, hitting him over the head with a bottle and stabbing him repeatedly, leaving him in critical condition. Both cases illustrate the double discrimination of racism and religious intolerance so frequently evident in attacks against Muslims. "Other recent incidents have included bombings and arson attacks on mosques and Muslim institutions in many countries, including Austria, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, and the United Kingdom, with attacks on Muslim cemeteries also widely reported. Assaults on individuals ranged from spitting, shoving, or the snatching of women's headscarves, to punches and kicks and lethal bludgeoning, stabbings, and shootings. Personal assaults were often accompanied by shouted insults alluding to religion and ethnic or national origin ? sometimes expressing both racism and religious hatred.... "The perpetrators included members of organized extremist movements, racist youth cultures, and ordinary people acting in a climate of xenophobia and nationalist chauvinism. In western Europe, anti-Muslim violence was driven by fears of Islamist terrorism and newly mainstream trends to present immigration and Muslim minorities as a threat to national identity."


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Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2007 22:12

The usual excuse for the underreporting of hate crimes against Muslims is the fear that they will cause a breakdown of community relations. The problem with this theory is that a rise in Islamophobic attacks is then not noticed by the wider public, and if the media is indeed fueling anti-Muslim feeling, they are not given any insight into the consequences of their biased reportage. A side issue is that during these times of media blackout, anyone who then makes statements about a rise in hate crimes against Muslims is often accused of pandering to a "mentality of perpetual victimhood" in the Muslim community by other less well informed people. The cynic in me wonders whether the religions of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes will be reported by the media, as they seem to find the religious leanings of Muslim criminals to be of vital public import. I also wonder that if it were Jews or Christians that were the victim of these attacks whether there would be such a disinterest in the stories. At the end of the day, our prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Islam who are suffering every day due to violence, discrimination, and meddling of the West. My du'a goes to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who are living in countries where Islamophobia is on the rise. May Allah (SWT) protect us all from the enemies, and may He protect the Muslims wherever we are, Amin. In such times, we should make the du'a that our beloved Prophet (SAWS) made for the sick: "O Allah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm, and heal, You are the Healer. There is no healing but Yours, a healing that leaves no illness behind." (Bukhari, Muslim)


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Posted on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 07:23

These aren't my words, but I think this brother said it best! Takbir! Hello mate, I don't like pointing fingers and I found your posts really informative. I thought I should drop by and give you a bit of piece of my mind. Now I am not judging you as you have been doing that. I just want to bring to your attention that people do have a device called 'television' in their homes and work places these days. I don't know where you live, but where most of us live we have the media in our reach to get the latest 'news'. You really don't have to get into this much trouble of copy-pasting the news. Use your own opinion and be yourself. Rather then spending time to dig and find things against people, spend some time studying yourself and building your own opinion about things. Turn around and say the same to me, go on! Mate, I'm human and I make mistakes and some I do willingly and some I don't. Not here to judge you or your character but I would like to be at an arms distance from you because when you speak I smell hate. Loads of Jews in London, good and bad just like anybody else. I made a willing mistake of saying things against Islam. Do you know why? Not in a monkey year you can imagine why I did that! and yes i'm Muslim and proud of that. I had a reason and I stood for that. All went against me but I held on to it and still said those things which are beyond and all that. In case you are wondering what is a monkey year, lets just say I am being polite. So mate, there are things you can do on your PC other than copy-paste the news. You can still do that, or take a step back and look at things from a distance to see a bigger picture. Like I said, I'm leaving, thats why I bothered to write to you. You should be proud because I just don't do that for everybody. I know myself and my religion better than you do. Nice day. cheers! PS. You need not dedicate a post to me as I'm gone & won't be able to read. Just trying to save you time so you can watch more news


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