Paris: Gays Target of ‘Quranic’ Beating…

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Alexandre Marcel, Vice President of Idaho Committee , an NGO that coordinates the international day against homophobia and transphobia, confirmed Saturday filed a complaint against X, following a sustained attack on the night of Friday to Saturday, so that it was the “Cud”, a gay club in the Marais in Paris.

“At 2:30 am, I left the bar to smoke a cigarette with my companion, when five guys came and started banging on the bouncers. They said: “the Quran, we will kill you all, bands fagots! ‘” He says. “I wanted to go take refuge in the club. One of the bouncers, who bled profusely, told me to call the police, “he says.”One of the attackers saw me call me and sprayed tear gas canister to the face,” he added.

An appeal to religious

In total, three bouncers were beaten, and himself, his companion and some bar patrons were tear-gassed, explains Alexandre Marcel. “I have much less eye and skin burns, but I still coughs and spits a lot,” he says sixteen hours after the fact. “The worst is that the bouncers told me they were not going to complain because they did not find them anyway,” he said.

Vice-Chairman of the Idaho appeals to religious, Muslims and Catholics in particular, “they need to stop banging on homosexuals in their sermons, mount the heads of their practitioners. I have seen it today it was “you’re gay is sin. ‘” According to him, the current debate about gay marriage, which the bill will be presented Wednesday Cabinet-up contributes to homophobia.

Therefore invites the CFCM, French Council of the Muslim Faith, to sign a “charter against homophobia” and the committee also called the clergy “not to raise divisions.” This Saturday, Archbishop André Vingt-Trois President of the Conference of Bishops of France, Lourdes called Christians to “mobilize” against the bill on gay marriage


Radical Springvale imam returns to preach jihad


HE leader of an Islamic group at the centre of anti-terror raids has returned from overseas to resume his hardline preaching in Melbourne.

Harun Mehicevic, also known as Abu Talha, returned from Bosnia late last month and is again extolling the virtues of jihad at the Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre in Springvale South.

The Australian Federal Police raided the centre and Mr Mehicevic’s home in September during an operation that focused on 12 properties, most of them in Melbourne’s south-east. Mr Mehicevic was in Bosnia at the time.

As a result of the raids, Adnan Karabegovic, 23, was charged with four counts of collecting documents in connection with the preparation of a terrorist act. The maximum penalty for the offence is 15 years’ jail.


The raids led to the seizure of items including a computer memory stick containing ”violent extremist materials”, as well as imitation firearms and registered guns.

Speaking from the driveway of a flat in Springvale South, Mr Mehicevic said he had been silent since the raids because he felt nothing could be gained from speaking while the Al-Furqan centre was being criticised.

”With all the hype of raids and everything, you get no benefit of talking,” he said. ”You wait for everything to settle down.”

Mr Mehicevic said he was angry that he had been described as the leader of a religious cult, but would wait until after the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, which was held on the last weekend in October, before deciding whether to discuss the raids in detail. He wrote in an email that the centre had ”decided to keep identical line related to media. Without engagement at all.”

Mr Mehicevic is a controversial figure within the Muslim community. The imam of the nearby Bosnian mosque in Noble Park, Ibrahim Omerdic, said Mehicevic had led a group of ”radical followers” away from the Noble Park mosque about 10 years ago.

Another community source who also spoke of Mr Mehicevic soon after the raids said he was not well respected in Melbourne’s Islamic community.

Mr Mehicevic said reports about his past and a protest outside the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne had made him wary of the media. He said some aspects of his history had been reported accurately, but he would not elaborate. Fairfax reported after the raids that sources said he had come to Australia from Bosnia as a young adult in the mid-1990s, and that he had a Pakistani-born wife and six children. Mr Mehicevic studied arts at Deakin University and possibly gained a diploma in teaching.

He turned to a conservative form of Islam known as Salafism, became a follower of hardline Melbourne cleric Sheikh Mohammed Omran, and associated with Abdul Nacer Benbrika, who is serving 15-years’ jail for planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne in 2005. When Benbrika split from Omran, Mr Mehicevic remained loyal to the senior cleric.

He said any interview to be conducted after Eid al-Adha would need to be conducted on his terms. ”Whatever we say to you is to be recorded and made to fit what we have said.”



Singapore’s Muslim marriage courses under fire


“Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

“If a husband calls his wife to his bed [i.e. to have sexual relation] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” — Muhammad (Sahih Bukhari 4.54.460)


SINGAPORE: Singapore’s leading association for Muslim converts, Darul Arqam, has begun an internal investigation into lecturer misconduct after several attendees of the organization’s pre-marriage courses voiced concerns over violent and sexist content in the lectures and course materials. Specifically, attendees allege that male students are encouraged to beat wives who refuse to submit to sex, while female students are taught that if they refuse sex with their husbands angels of Allah would curse them.

Singaporean gender equality advocacy group, AWARE, has begun an investigation into the claims. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) has also been alerted.

The pre-marriage guidance courses, which are also supplied by other Singaporean Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM), are a compulsory requirement for all Singaporean Muslims to undertake before they marry. The courses cost between $100-$200 each, and, according to the Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) website, the courses are conducive to developing ‘harmonious family ties’ and ‘communication skills’.

However, recent course attendees, who wish to remain anonymous, allege that the courses contain violent and sexist content. One attendee informed our reporter that a male lecturer demonstrated to the class how hard to beat wives who repeatedly refused to supply sex to husbands.

“He pulled out a chair, like this, and then started hitting the chair like it was the wife” an attendee told us. The lecturer is further alleged to have described the kind of rod that was appropriate for wife beating, and where such a rod could be purchased in Singapore.

Photocopies of course materials, which support the students’ allegations, have been passed to AWARE. The materials quote an English translation of the Qur’an, stating “as to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, first admonish them, next refuse to share their bed, and last beat them”. The course materials recommend that wives be beaten if they commit Al Nushooz. Al Nushooz is defined in the course materials as “the disobeying of the wife toward her husband and elevating herself above what Allah has obliged upon her and her raising herself above fulfilling her obligatory role”.

The course materials specify four ways a wife may commit Al Nushooz:

“1. She does not beautify herself for her husband when he desires.

2. She disobeys her husband with respect of coming to his bed [for sex].

3. She leaves the house without his permission.

4. She does not perform her obligatory religious duties.”

The materials advise husbands, “it is your right that they [wives] do not make friends with anyone of whom you disapprove”, and wives are reminded that in the event of a marital disagreement “her husband has to make the final decision and [she has] to respect it.”

The allegations are against at least two different lecturers at Darul Arqam, indicating that it is not an isolated case of teacher misconduct.

Our reporter wrote to the organization’s head religious counselor, Sister Rusmini Komzani, under the guise of a husband whose wife was refusing to have sex because she was “not in the mood”. We received the following response from Komzani:

“Your wife cannot remain silent for a long time if she is unwilling to serve. If she is angry at your advances, I believe she could be having psychological issues.”

Komzani then arranged a marriage guidance counseling session with our undercover reporter, at which he was informed that his wife’s sexual refusal was “not halal” and “totally contradictory with the revelation of the Qur’an”. Komzani passed our reporter photocopies of the same Qur’anic verse as contained in the course materials.

AWARE, Singapore’s largest gender equality advocacy group, has been informed of the allegations, and has opened an investigation into the pre marriage guidance courses. AWARE is forwarding an evidence based report to MCYS, says AWARE executive director Corinna Lim.

According to Lim, AWARE has discussed the allegations with the Minister of State for MCYS, Madam Halimah Yacob. Madam Yacob has previously worked in a prominent role furthering women’s rights as the director of the Women’s Development Secretariat at the National Trade Union Congress.

Darul Arqam informed our reporter that an investigation into teacher misconduct has begun. However, the organization’s education division has refused to give any comment on their position regarding women’s rights, despite repeated requests.