Germany: Muslims Impose Pork Bans in State Nurseries and in Rental Contracts

Muslims on a roll continuing thier imposition of thier unwanted nonsense on the non-muslim populations

 

Kiel. A nice currywurst or a few crispy Wiener sausages at mid-day – this is something more and more children at state nurseries have to do without. The reason: in many day nurseries there are children from Muslim families, and as, according to Islamic belief, pork is seen as impure, consuming it is not “halal” (allowed) and thus forbidden.

Particularly in nurseries on the east bank, where the proportion of Muslim children is especially high, bratwurst and meatballs are offered exclusively in chicken and beef versions. “Generally we don’t have pork, as we have lots of children from an immigrant background. There were attempts to incorporate pork into the menu but it provoked irritation among the parents,” confirms Regina Baumann, director of the Marienwerder Straße nursery in Kiel-Wellingdorf.

There were also objections to ribs and schnitzel on the west bank in the Goethestraße nursery. “The parents didn’t want it. Otherwise we would have had to cook extra for Muslim children,” explains director Oliver Kaiser. He estimates the proportion with an immigrant background at just ten per cent.

The Sternschnuppe nursery in Gaarden opposite the HDW shipyards is also a pork-free zone, as is the Evangelical nursery Michaelis in Hassee. Before, when the proportion of Muslim children was not as high, there were “two meals”, recalls Ulrike Krauel from the Office for Schools, Nurseries and Youth Institutions. “But because the chicken and pork sausages were of different sizes, we had problems explaining that to the children”. Then pork was axed, especially in districts like Gaarden and Mettenhof.

But the pork ban doesn’t apply just in nurseries. Now it seems the currywurst clause also plays a role when searching for rental accommodation, as ever more homes on the west bank are being taken over by Muslims. According to this newspaper’s information, an Afghan landlord close to the Sultan market in Elisabethstraße is offering homes with the condition of no pork meat.

In view of the scarcity of accommodation on the west bank, this prohibition represents a culinary challenge especially for students looking for accommodation. The problem: while not a few Kiel politicians in the Muslim dominated district of Gaarden would have nothing against a certain gentrification, the new property owners themselves, through clauses such as this, are acting to prevent a mixing of the population structure.

Until now the so-called Islam clause has provoked controversy mainly in the rental of commercial property across Germany; now Muslim landlords are seeking to assert it even in homes in Gaarden. But in contrast to commercial rentals, this rule is not legitimate, as Jochen Kiersch from the Kieler Tenant’s Association confirms: “That is not permitted and renders a rental contract invalid.”

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Islam’s war on Africa and Africans continues:

Islamists continuing thier war against the Nation of Tanzania.

 

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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA (Worthy News)– Dozens of Christian worship places have been destroyed by Islamic extremists in Tanzania and church leaders are fleeing its heavily Muslim island of Zanzibar, as the persecution of Christians spreads throughout East Africa, a human rights chief said Monday, November 12.

“As of May [about] 25 churches and convents have been destroyed. This destruction is mostly confined to [semi-autonomous] Zanzibar where the population is 99 percent Muslim and openly hostile to Christians,” explained William Stark, regional manager for Africa of advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC)

In one of the latest just revealed incidents, violence broke out last month after a Muslim boy encouraged a Christian boy to urinate on a Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, the capital.

“As a result of this meeting, the Christian boy was threatened with being beheaded and at least five churches were destroyed,” Stark said.

Bishop Fabian Obeid, the Chairman of the Pastor’s Fellowship in Zanzibar, stressed in published remarks that when the two boys met, the Muslim boy bragged that if someone was to urinate on the Kuran, that person would be turned into a snake, a dog or a rat.

CHRISTIAN BOY

“The Christian boy [was] interested with this scenario and without giving it a second thought urinated on the Koran,” he added in a statement distributed by ICC.

When the Muslim boy informed his parents, they allegedly decided to confront the parents of the Christian boy. After discovering they weren’t at home, the Muslim parents reported the incident to a nearby mosque in a move that eventually sparked violence, Christians said.

“Days later, a mob of Muslim youths gathered at the mosque after being stirred up at Friday prayer. Their intent was to punish the Christian boy for desecrating the Koran. Police were alerted of the situation and the boy was detained for protection against the mob,” well-informed Stark recalled.

They apparently demanded that police hand over the boy to the crowd and behead him, seen as an appropriate punishment for desecrating the Koran according to ultra conservative interpretations of Islamic law.

“When the police refused to release the boy, the mob began to riot…the mob decided to turn their rage on churches and other Christian property in the area,” Stark said,

TORCHED CHURCHES

The mob burned down five churches, including the Seven Day Church, the Anglican Church and the Assemblies of God Church, Christians said Other property belonging to Christians in the area was also destroyed including a car belonging to the Anglican Church pastor, according to ICC investigators.

“As the riots continued, the Evangelical Assemblies of God Church in Tanzania was pulled down. In the following days, unrest in the Muslim community continued, leading to the destruction of more properties across the country and the lives of Christian leaders being threatened,” Stark said in a statement obtained by Worthy News.

The violence also spread to Zanzibar, where on October 18, a mob of Muslim protestors carrying clubs, swords and machetes invaded two churches shouting “We want the head of Bishop Shayo” as they tried to enter his Roman Catholic church, Christians claimed.

When they failed to break into the church, the mob moved on to the Anglican church of Reverend. Emmanuel Masoud where the crowd broke windows and were seen hacking at the doors while chanting: “We need the head of Masoud!” and We want the heads of all the church pastors in Zanzibar!”

Pastor Lucian Mgaywa of the Church of God in Zanzibar, said in a statement that, “These chants caused a lot of panic and some pastors, fearing for their lives, fled the island of Zanzibar to the mainland of Tanzania,” though the government later “intervened and provided security.”

NO ARRESTS

However, “To date, no arrests have been made in connection with attacks on churches in Zanzibar, leading many to question whether the local government condones these activities,” Stark added.

Most violence has been linked to the Islamic separatist group ‘Association for the Islamic Mobilization and Propagation’ (UAMSHO) which wants Zanzibar to become independent from mainland Tanzania. “In recent years, UAMSHO has become increasingly fundamental in its religious convictions and has been involved in several attacks on Christians in Zanzibar,” Stark noted.

“After the Evangelical Assemblies of God Church was destroyed [last month] a flag belonging to UAMSHO was raised over the ruins of the church,” said Bishop Fabian Obeid, Chairman of the Pastor’s Fellowship in Zanzibar.

Stark observed that the spreading Islamic attacks in Tanzania coincides with “an increase of Christian persecution throughout East Africa.” Even in countries such as Kenya, which is 80 percent Christian, Islamic extremist groups like al-Shabaab are beginning to take root and perpetrate more acts of violence against Christians.

“These extremist groups often use incidents like the boy desecrating the Kuran to stir up tensions in Muslim communities that have lived in peace for generations with their Christian neighbors,” Stark added.

He said the ICC has urged the government of Zanzibar to take a stand against these attacks and hold these groups accountable for their actions. “Until they do, thousands of Christians in East Africa will continue to live in fear,” Stark warned.

 

Toronto Islamic school will not face charges over anti-Jewish curriculum: police

This poor excuse of a school should be shut down

 

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TORONTO — A Toronto Islamic school whose teaching curriculum disparaged Jews and encouraged boys to keep fit for jihad will not face criminal charges but police said they had identified curriculum materials they found concerning.

A Toronto Islamic school whose teaching materials disparaged Jews and encouraged boys to keep fit for jihad will not face criminal charges but police said their investigation had identified passages of syllabus books they found concerning.

A York Regional Police report outlining the hate crimes investigation of the East End Madrassah said a review of 30 school syllabus books found portions that “challenged some of Canada’s core values” and “suggested intolerance,” even if they were not criminal.

The report also confirmed some of the school materials originated from books published by Iranian foundations, one of which is an alleged front for the Islamic regime. The Iranian-origin passages referred to Jews as “crafty” and “treacherous,” and contrasted Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis.”

Police held Principal Masuma Jessa and Imam Syed Mohammed Rizvi responsible. “As leaders in their respective roles the two must accept responsibility for failing to appropriately screen the learning material. Although not held criminally responsible, the complaint has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.”

The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said it was disappointed no charges would be laid but praised police for the investigation. “The antisemitic hate contained in the curriculum of Toronto’s East End Madrassah was blatant,” said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC. “It is frightening to learn that this revolting content … is being taught to young children; their minds are being poisoned and I cannot imagine how these youngsters will one day become grown ups capable of functioning as tolerant and respectful adults in a multicultural society.”

The investigation began in May after Jewish organizations in Toronto publicly complained about the curriculum books on the East End Madrassah website. The madrassah apologized and said it would review its teaching materials but the Toronto District School Board revoked the school’s permit.

 

The curriculum documents not only referred to Jews in crude terms but also said “good Muslims” could not listen to music, that girls should limit their involvement in sports and that Islam was “the best and most perfect of all religions.”

In addition, the books said boys should exercise to be ready for jihad, which they said “sometimes also involves fighting a war against an unjust ruler” and quoted Muslim scripture that said “fighting (in the cause of Allah) is ordained unto you.”

The Level 3 curriculum asked students to color 10 boxes, each representing a branch of Islam. One of the boxes was labeled: Jihad. Another explained that jihad could be a personal struggle or “the physical defending of Islam in a war.”

But police traced the most contentious passages to books published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran and the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, an alleged front for the Iranian regime.

“The Iranian question was raised by investigators with Imam Rizvi to which he responded that it is not unreasonable for some of the literature sourced by the Shia community to have its origins in Iran,” the police report said, adding the city of Qom was like the Vatican for Shia Muslims.

“Although Imam Rizvi’s statement has some merit, further investigation reveals that while the Iranian connection is ancillary as mentioned earlier in the introduction it cannot be dismissed, as The Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocratic Islamic State with the current leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on public record stating, ‘Death to Israel,’” police wrote.

York police said the hate crimes investigation had forced them to stray beyond their traditional law enforcement function “into an educator’s role to determine what is acceptable to teach young Canadians from a religious perspective,” the report said.

“What needs clarification is the degree to which we tolerate the exposure of young impressionable minds to the promotion of a belief or ideology while it denigrates other communities or faiths.”

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan’s minority Hindus feel under attack

 

 

 

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They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.

“People don’t consider us as equal citizens. They beat us whenever they want,” said Mol Chand, one of the teenage boys gathered at the temple. “We have no place to worship now.”

It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn’t even bother to disguise their faces. The small temple, surrounded by a stone wall, is a tiny religious outpost in a dusty, hardscrabble neighborhood so far on the outskirts of the city that a sign on the main road wishes people leaving Karachi a good journey.

Local Muslim residents blamed people from a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. No one was seriously injured in the attack.

It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against Hindus in this 95 percent Muslim country, where Islamic extremism is growing. Pakistan’s Hindu community says it faces forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam, a lack of legal recognition for their marriages, discrimination in services and physical abuse when they venture into the streets.

The story of the Hindu population in Pakistan is one of long decline. During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus opted to migrate to India where Hinduism is the dominant religion. Those that remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens, and are mostly concentrated in Sindh province in the southern part of the country.

Signs of their former stature abound in Karachi, the capital of Sindh. At the 150-year-old Swami Narayan Temple along one of the city’s main roads, thousands of Hindus gather during the year to celebrate major religious holidays. Hindus at the 200-year-old Laxmi Narain Temple scatter the ashes of their cremated loved ones in the waters of an inlet from the Arabian Ocean.

But there are also signs of how far the community has fallen. Residents in a city hungry for land have begun to build over Hindu cemeteries, the community’s leaders say. Hindus helped build Karachi’s port decades ago, but none work there now.

Estimates of the size of the Hindu population in Pakistan are all over the map _ from 2.5 million or 10 million in Sindh province alone to 7 million across the country _ a reflection of the fact that the country hasn’t had a census since 1998.

It isn’t just Hindus who are facing problems. Other minorities like Christians, the mystical Muslim branch of Sufis and the Ahmadi sect have found themselves under attack in Pakistan, where the rise of Muslim fundamentalists has sometimes unleashed a violent opposition against those who don’t follow their strict religious tenets.

The discrimination has prompted some Hindus to leave for India, activists warn, though the extent is not known. Around 3,000 Hindus left this year, part of a migration that began four years ago, sparked by discrimination and a general rise in crime in Sindh, said DM Maharaj, who heads an organization to help Hindus called Pakistan Hindu Sabha.

He said he recently talked to a group of Hindus preparing to move to India from rural Sindh, complaining that they can’t eat in Muslim restaurants or that Muslim officials turned them down for farming loans. Even during recent floods, they said Muslims did not want them staying in the same refugee camps.

Other Hindu figures such as provincial assembly member Pitamber Sewami deny there’s a migration at all, in a reflection of how sensitive the issue is. Earlier this year, there were a string of reports in Pakistani media about Hindus leaving the country, sparking a flurry of promises by Pakistani officials to investigate.

In India, a Home office official said the Indian government noticed an upward trend of people coming from Pakistan but called reports of Pakistanis fleeing to India “exaggerated.” He said he does not have exact figures on how many Pakistani Hindus have stayed in India after entering the country on tourist visas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

There’s more of a consensus of the seriousness of the problem of forced conversion of Hindus.

Zohra Yusuf, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the pattern goes like this: A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassas often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed.

Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced.

The Hindu community has also been hurt by a lack of unity within its ranks. Hindu society within Pakistan and elsewhere has historically been divided by caste, a system of social stratification in which the lower castes are often seen as inferior. Members of the lower castes in Pakistan say it wasn’t until two girls from a high-caste family were forcibly converted this year that high-caste Hindus took the issue seriously, although it’s been happening for years.

“We always fight our war ourselves,” said Bholoo Devjee, a Hindu activist from Karachi, speaking about the lower castes.

In recent months the government has begun to take the concerns of the Hindu community more seriously. In Sindh province, legislators proposed a law to prevent forced conversions in part by implementing a waiting period before a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim can go forward, and there’s discussion about proposing such a law on the national level as well.

In the case of the Sri Krishna Ram temple, law enforcement authorities opened a blasphemy case against the people who rampaged through the building. But residents here are skeptical that these developments signify any long-term improvement in their plight. Weeks after the incident no arrests have been made, and the Hindus complain that no high-ranking Hindu officials have come to visit them or help them get compensation.

Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. “We are Pakistani,” he said.

But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons.

“Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple,” he said.

 

 

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Christian Girl Raped, Forcibly Converted to Islam in Pakistan

Saima Masih a Christian Girl Abducted Raped and forcibly converted to Islam

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Another Christian girl in Pakistan—16 year old Saima Masih –was abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam by her Muslim landlord, World Vision in Progress reports. The kidnappings of Christian girls in Pakistan have become routine in recent months and are often accompanied by acts of extreme violence, including rape, beatings, and other forms of physical and mental abuse. Once abducted, the girls are often never heard from by their families again.

By Farrukh H. Saif Executive Director WVIP

11/5/2012 Pakistan (World Vision in Progress)- Saima Masih ,16 years old Christian girl, resident of Tehsil Yazman mandi, Bahawalpur, was abducted ,raped and forcibly converted to Islam by one of the influential Muslim Landlord Muhammad Javed . Saima and her family were living in District Bahawalpur, her father Gulzar Masih was a poor cultivator.

Saima Masih was often harassed by Muhammad Javed, who is one of the wealthy Muslims of the Yazman Mandi . On 25th January, 2012, when Saima went to the local Bazzar along with her neighboring friend, she was publicly harassed and proposed by Muhammad Javed for marriage. She instantly refused and insulted him. After reaching home, she reported this incident to her mother and father. On the same evening, parents went to Muhammad Javed ‘s home and complaint to his father Muhammad Riaz. Instead of warning his son, he threatened the poor Christian parents for dare-consequences.

On 9th March, 2012, with the help of Zubaida Bibi (a neighboring lady who had strong relationship with Saima’s family), Muhammad Javed abducted Saima Masih while her parents were not at home .They took Saima to Gujrat where Muhammad Javed and Muhammad Sardar (Uncle of Muhammad Javed) raped her .

Gulzar filed an application against Javed and his family in the local police station, but police took no action against the culprits. After knowing the seriousness of the situation on 15st March, 2012, Muahmmad Javed Forcibly converted her to Islam, after taking her signature and thumb impression on different papers. And then on 21st March he again took the Signature’s of Saima Masih on the Islamic marriage certificate.

For six Months Saima Masih was repeatedly sexually tortured by Muhamamd Javed and his uncle Muhammad Sardar . On 12th September, 2012 Saima got a chance to escape from the place where they had kept her. She reached her home and inform her parents, all what happened to her.

Saima along with her parents went to police station but again No Action was taken against the culprits. As Muhammad Javed is wealthy and influential person.

Mr. Napoleon Qayyum National Director of WVIP avowed that “Many Christian’s girls are raped at the hands of the Muslim people in Pakistan. Rape and abduction has been used as a strong weapon against the Christian and other Religious oppressed community girls in Pakistan, a country where Christians and other Religious communities are treated as the most un-accepted elements of the society, targeting Christian and other girls and women become so pleasure full event for Fanatic Muslims. Christian girls are particularly vulnerable to these types of crimes. Christian girls and women normally don’t file any police reports against such crimes; they usually kept silent because of the fear from the Islamizes as well Christians are also economically very poor and cannot hire any lawyer to defend them. That’s why only two percent rape cases were reported and majority cases were never came on media or press”

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A Sheikh and a retired nurse facing charges over the genital mutilation of two young girls have failed in their legal bid to have their names kept secret from the public.

Sheik Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, 56, and nurse Helen Magennis, 68, from Sydney’s Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, have been charged over the genital mutilation of a six-year-old girl and seven-year-old girl in separate incidents between October 2010 and July this year.

Police say that Ms Magennis carried out the procedures on the two girls in suburban homes in Wollongong and Baulkham Hills while Sheikh Vaziri was allegedly an accessory – harbouring, maintaining and assisting those involved.

It is also alleged the Sheikh later instructed members of the Dawoodi Bohar community to lie to police about what had happened.
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dr.dkMuslims cancel Christmas celebration in housing area“:

The housing area Egedalsvænge in Kokkedal, Denmark, will not have a Christmas tree with lights this year. A small Muslim majority in the Egedalsvænge Board has refused to spend money on the Christmas tree a few days after a big Eid celebration….For decades it has been a tradition to have a Christmas tree with lights in the area between the buildings throughout the month of December. But now a majority in the Chamber Board refused to spend the approximately 1,000 dollars that a Christmas tree with lights costs.

The decision has attracted much attention since it was made three days after a big Islamic Eid party in Egedalsvænge. A mobile play ground, bungee jumping and a climbing wall was rented to make the Muslim celebration attractive for children and adults, and this event the Board had agreed to finance with appr. 10,000 dollars.

Although the small majority in the Chamber Board of Directors was democratically elected at the general meeting in September, the new course has surprised many. It is a sign of a lack of tolerance and inclusiveness from the new majority in the fund’s board of directors, says one person from the Egedalsvænge, where many refuse to talk to the media.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.