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February 2018

Refusing The Veil: (Provocations)

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This topic divides people - and it will divide readers of this book too. Many Muslims worldwide either support or adopt religious veiling, and those who argue against it are often criticised, or worse. But, according to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the veil throws up a number of concerns, from questions of health and freedom of choice to issues of gender and personal identity. She argues that veiling conceals abuse, propagates eating disorders and restricts access to sunlight and exercise. It is imposed on babies and young girls, allows women to be shamed for not covering up, and has become associated with extremist factions. It demonises men, oppresses feminism and presents obstacles to performance and success. It even encourages racism, distorts Muslim values and strips women of autonomy and individuality. Written from a unique perspective and packed with personal experiences as well as public examples, Yasmin addresses the ultimate question of why Muslim women everywhere should refuse the veil. Provocations is a groundbreaking new series of short polemics composed by some of the most intriguing voices in contemporary culture and edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sharp, intelligent and controversial, Provocations provides insightful contributions to the most vital discussions in society today.

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Although genuine feminists have made strides for women's rights in Western countries, they have helped set back the rights of young Muslim women to break free from the oppressive codes of an Islam defined and controlled by Muslim men.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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19/02/2018
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The National Secular Society has called on the UK Government to "follow the lead" of Icelandic lawmakers who are expected to ban cutting boys' genitals for non-medical reasons. A draft  currently before the Icelandic parliament says circumcision without consent is a violation of children's human rights.

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  • "They get paid for every Coptic Christian girl they bring in. In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance... I even know of cases in which police offered helped to beat up the girls to make them recite the Islamic creed." — World Watch Monitor, Egypt; September 14, 2017.

  • On September 14, a court sentenced a Christian man to death for "blasphemy" against the prophet of Islam. Nadeem James, a 27-year-old father of two, was originally arrested in July 2016, after a Muslim angry with him for personal reasons falsely accused James, who is illiterate, of texting a poem deemed "blasphemous" of Muhammad. — Pakistan.

  • School textbooks taught her that "it was the Christians who wanted to plunder the lands and the riches of the Muslim world" and Turks merely responded by "defend[ing] what was rightfully theirs." (In reality, modern day Turkey consists of territory that was Christian for more than a thousand years before it was conquered by Turks in the name of jihad.) "Everything is used to make the Christians look like villains," she said, adding, "It's the same all through Muslim countries." — Turkey.

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Germany
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27/02/2018
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Following approval from Germany's conservatives to cooperate with the Social Democrats (SPD) on several political impasses, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Germany's  where she discussed a number of policy positions - including an acknowledgement of Germany's growing "no-go" zones, and the need to do something about them.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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26/02/2018
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India
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26/02/2018
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Where could he have gotten the idea to do this? “Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not believe” (Qur’an 8:55). Here’s what he is accused of,” , February 26, 2018:

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United Kingdom (UK)
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26/02/2018
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Around £6 million of taxpayers’ money is being handed each year to Islamic charities with extremist tendencies, “whose only goal is to damage our society” in some cases, a report has found. The , by The Henry Jackson Society, accuses some taxpayer-supported groups of backing “the spread of harmful non-violent extremist views that are not illegal; by providing platforms, credib

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United Kingdom (UK)
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18/02/2013
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Recorded by both the U.K.  and , Choundary says:

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Somalia
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25/02/2018
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They banned two types of FGM, but made the third mandatory. Why did the Muslim clerics issue this fatwa? Don’t they know what every non-Muslim journalist in the West knows, that FGM is cultural and has nothing to do with Islam? Here it is again, for those who are not paying attention:

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Switzerland
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24/02/2018
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The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (IZRS) has defended the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), claiming that Islamic law justifies the practice. The organisation released an “Islamic legal opinion” this week arguing that a form of so-called “female circumcision”, involving the removal of parts of the genitals, is justified, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger 

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  • "National Security officials are prohibited from developing a factual understanding of Islamic threat doctrines, preferring instead to depend upon 5th column Muslim Brotherhood cultural advisors." — Richard Higgins, NSC official.

  • At the heart of the problem lies the fantasy that Islam must be very similar to other religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity, out of which it was, in fact derived.

  • The use of force, mainly through jihad, is a basic doctrine in the Qur'an, the Prophetic sayings (ahadith), and in all manuals of Islamic law. It is on these sources that fighters from Islamic State, al-Qa'ida, al-Shabaab, and hundreds of other groupings base their preaching and their actions. To say that such people have "nothing to do with Islam" could not be more wrong.

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In a powerful call Mohammed told Andrew his Pakistani community is “the most racist” and highlighted a problem with grooming gangs. Andrew Castle had been discussing the Operation Sanctuary review which has found that vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws. Mohammed, who fled Islam, and hasn’t seen his family for 30 years, told Andrew it was time to “call a spade a spade”. He insisted: “The racist behaviour which exists in my community needs to be spoken about and addressed”.

Mohammed lives in Birmingham. He said: “The British white community are the most tolerant, the most warm, kind people and it breaks my heart that my Pakistani community is the most racist community”.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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23/02/2018
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  • Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system
  • His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated
  • Welby said British law had 'values and assumptions' rooted in Christian traditions

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The 14th century instruction manual for Sharia law for Sunni Shafi Muslims is the “Reliance of the Traveller”. This is the doctrinal manual for Sharia courts for the largest Islamic school. This is the reference and the text in that reference book.

e4.3: Circumcision is obligatory for both men and women. … for women [it consists of] removing the prepuce of the clitoris.

  • Note: this more recent translation into English of the Reliance of the Traveller, deceptively translates the classical Arabic by translating the word "Hufaad", which means clitoris, and not "prepuce of the clitoris".
  • But either way, BOTH translations are FGM, the correct, and the deliberately disingenuous.

From all of the above, we can say that FGM is overwhelmingly and predominantly a Muslim issue both in terms of real world outcomes of the practice of FGM, and in terms of the Islamic jurisprudence of FGM, despite the fact that it existed in pre-Islamic times. Islam took over the practice of FGM, and has since come to own it.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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23/02/2018
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  • Report into authorities' response to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle
  • Series of trials saw 22 defendants sentenced for rape, drugs and prostitution
  • Review has been hit by just one defendant agreeing to help - who denied guilt

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United Kingdom (UK)
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22/02/2018
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The majority of slaughterhouses producing non-stunned halal meat in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have  in the last three years by the Food Standards Agency. Only one in seven other slaughterhouses have done likewise. Data has revealed that non-stun slaughterhouses are also failing to maintain the hygiene standards required by law.

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Nigeria
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23/02/2018
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Islamic law forbids Christians to build new churches. That’s the only law that Mudasiru Owoyale doubtless respects. What Nigerian law says is of no import to him; he considers that to be manmade law, vastly inferior to the supposedly divine law, Sharia.

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  • One of the most troubling aspects of this rapidly spreading dhimmitude, is the de-facto enforcement of Islamic blasphemy laws. Local European authorities have been utilizing "hate speech" laws to prohibit criticism of Islam, even though Islam represents an idea, not a nationality or an ethnicity. The conventional purpose of most hate-speech laws is to protect people from hatred, not ideas.

  • The British Foreign Office, which has ignored Iranian women's desperate fight for freedom and stayed shamefully silent during the Iranian people's recent protests against Iran's regime, unbelievably handed out free headscarves to its staff. Meanwhile, at least 29 Iranian women were arrested for shedding the hijab, and were likely subjected to rape and other torture, as is common in Iranian prisons. Yet British MPs and Foreign Office employees were perversely celebrating the hijab as some sort of twisted tool of "female empowerment".

  • Counter-jihad measures have been obstructed by Western leaders everywhere since immediately after 9/11. President George W. Bush declared that "Islam is peace". President Obama removed all references to Islam in FBI terror training manuals that Muslims deemed offensive. New York City's current leadership threatened New Yorkers, immediately after the October terror attack in Manhattan, not to link the terror attack to Islam. UK Prime Minister Theresa May claimed that Islam is a "religion of peace".

This extract from the manual of sharia (Reliance of the Traveller) tells its own story:

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United Kingdom (UK)
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09/02/2015
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A former Home Office researcher says a bullying culture at Rotherham Council led to her warnings of child sexual exploitation being suppressed in 2002, years before action was finally taken.

 this month by government official Louise Casey concluded the council was not "fit for purpose".

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  • Islamists seem to be influencing the British school system with ease: there is simply no solid opposition to them. The government even stays silent about the harassment and intimidation.

  • Islamists in Britain seem to be intent on establishing regressive requirements, such as the hijab for young girls, wife beating, making homosexuality illegal, death for apostates, halala rituals in divorce, and exploitation of women and children through Sharia courts as part and parcel of British culture.

  • That St. Stephen's School allowed itself to be blackmailed in this way bodes ill for both Britain and its education system.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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20/02/2018
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A charity handing out millions of pounds to mosques and other organisations in Britain is run by a former Qatari official who founded a website that instructed Muslims to hate Jews and Christians, The Telegraph can disclose.

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Australia
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21/02/2018
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Can she say that? Or will Australia’s smart set forthwith denounce her for “Islamophobia”? “‘I hate the niqab’: Ex-Muslim who runs an atheist blog says she ran away from home after her mother forced her to wear the ‘dehumanising’ face covering,”

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It is one thing for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi not to be able to prevent surprise Islamic terror attacks against Egypt's Christians, the Copts. But what does one make of the fact that his own government also discriminates against and persecutes Copts?

Most recently, a court  19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking an unregistered church near Giza last December 22. Then, dozens of Muslim rioters had gathered outside the building; they eventually stormed it and "destroyed the church's contents and assaulted Christians inside."

Based on this sentencing (from a misdemeanor court no less), the defendants are not required to serve prison time unless they get into trouble again. On the other hand, a Coptic Christian defendant was fined 360,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $20,383) for setting up the unlicensed church. The court's logic is that, by using an unregistered building as a church, the entire incident is the Copt's fault—for aggrieving local Muslims. Meanwhile, the well-known fact is that getting a church permit in Egypt is as difficult as getting a mosque permit is easy...Havoc ensues when Copts merely try to renovate a church, while . In other words, if the government did not make it so difficult for Copts to congregate and worship, Copts would not need to resort to using private homes and unregistered buildings.

This is hardly the first such incident to reflect the Egyptian authorities' flagrant double standards. Muslim uprisings against Copts meeting in private homes or using unregistered buildings to worship are common occurrences. Local officials usually side with the rioters. Last summer, in the village of Kom al-Loufy in Minya, where some 1,600 Copts have for five years been trying to reopen their church, Muslims rampaged through the village, burning Christian homes to the ground, based on a rumor that Copts were using one of their homes as houses of worship.

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Pakistan
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20/02/2018
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Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are a recurring impetus for Muslim mob violence, and a pretext by which the lives of numerous Christians and other non-Muslims have been destroyed. Yet no one in the global “human rights community” appears to be in the least bit concerned. They are probably too busy hunting for the next instance of “Islamophobia” to be concerned about small matters like this.

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“It’s culture, not religion” is a phrase often used to explain away problematic practices common in Muslim countries and communities. Sharia is Islamic law that has influenced societies with different languages, cultures, histories, and interpretations of Islam. In the face of a worrisome incident, many Muslims believe that Islam has been misinterpreted, while others believe it agreeable to Islamic teachings. Is it accurate to say that the negative aspects of Sharia are not based on Islamic teachings, that the negative influences are primarily external to religion?

To answer this truthfully, one must go to the Islamic religious texts. Sharia is derived primarily from the Quran and hadith. The Quran is the holy book of Islam, believed to be the literal word of God. It is believed to have passed verbally from the angel Jibril (Gabriel) to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who then relayed it to his followers over the course of two decades. It is the ultimate authority in Islam, traditionally believed to be a guidance for all times. A hadith is a report that describes the actions of Muhammad and his followers. They are important in understanding the Quran as they supplement many of its verses, and have played an essential role in the development of Islamic jurisprudence. The hadith are second only to the Quran.

The importance of hadith is in its practical application. For example, the Quran instructs Muslims to pray, but does not clearly specify how or how often. The Hadith gives instruction on not only how to pray, but clarifies that Muslims must pray five times a day. Individual hadith are classified as (1) sahih (“authentic”), which is the highest classification, (2) hasan (“good”) or (3) da’if (“weak”). The classifications are based on how credible the hadith collectors found the chain of narration, tracing the chain to the originator of the content of the report. Unless otherwise stated, all of the hadith we use for this article are sahih hadith. Still, one should spend a moment deliberating that all of the hadith, including those classified as weak, are from Muslim sources, favored towards Islam. Finally, this article also looks at tafsir (the exegesis of the Quran) to provide more context to certain verses.

We will look at verses from the Quran and hadith on four subject areas: women’s testimony, torture, slavery, and jizya, the special tax required from non-Muslims. This article is by no means a comprehensive list of controversial topics related to Islam, but it is meant to provide a basis of understanding some influential writings in authoritative Islamic sources regarding these topics.

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Sweden
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19/02/2018
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Is Sweden diverse enough yet? This story illustrates yet again the fatuousness and hypocrisy of  who preen about how Muslim women who wear the veil must be protected, while never saying a word about the need to protect Muslim women who dare not to wear it.

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Netherlands (the)
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19/02/2018
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Yes, in a few years, the people who attend this mosque will be loyal, productive members of Dutch society. Won’t they? The Netherlands, and Europe is general, is teetering on the edge of the abyss.

 is the Turkish text of the sermon, and here is an English translation:

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Nigeria
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19/02/2018
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“Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued. The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

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India
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18/02/2018
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“Hindu Women Molested & Assaulted by Muslim Youth in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan – 3 Injured,” , February 18, 2018 (thanks to ):

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Indonesia
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14/07/2017
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In an interview with the local media, Vice Governor Nova Iriansyah said that because of the international attention on public whippings: “We will minimalize press coverage and conduct it inside prisons. Right now it’s in front of the mosque, right after Friday prayers.”

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Bangladesh
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17/02/2018
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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dhaka, one of whom was planning to murder Muslims who converted to Christianity.

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  • My father's generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country's clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini's party would be committing the atrocities that they are committing now or that they would have such an unrelenting hunger for power. Instead, during this time, the country thought it was on a smooth path towards democracy, with no expectation of ever returning to a barbaric era. Even the then-US President Jimmy Carter viewed Khomeini as a good religious holy man.

  • Iranians did not just submit to these new laws; they rose up in protest. This uprising was met with torture, rape, and death. With the regime eager to wipe any who dared to resist, the people had no choice but to surrender. Everyone's daily activities were now under the scrutiny of the Islamists.

  • Many will still think it is impossible for something like this to happen in their country. What they fail to understand is that Iran is an example of exactly how successful this meticulous grab for power can be. Islamists in other countries including the West are pursuing the same techniques on the path to seizing power. It is a quiet, and subtle process, until the moment you wake up with no rights, a culture of fear, and no promise that you will live in freedom or even to see the next day.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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16/01/2012
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The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women's groups and some others are objecting.

Applying sharia law in England and Wales: independent review

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Independent review by Professor Mona Siddiqui and a review panel of experts into the application of sharia law in England and Wales by sharia councils.

Admin: The independence and methodology of this review has been seriously questioned.

More than a quarter of French Muslims 'support hardline Islam and scores back Sharia'

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Indonesia
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20/03/2017
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A WOMAN was caned during a public flogging by a "Sharia law enforcer"- for spending time with a man who was not her husband.

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Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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03/02/2017
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A WOMAN will be blinded in one eye in Iran after a judge ruled she should suffer an ‘eye for an eye’ punishment under Sharia Law.

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Indonesia
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10/02/2017
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The poor woman can be heard screaming in agony as she is beaten by a masked man while a cheering crowd watch on. A large number of men and women can be seen watching on while filming the despicable act on their phones. The masked man teases the crowd by cruelly moving the wooden cane close to his victim’s back, as the audience whoop and cheer.

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Germany
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07/02/2017
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ISLAMIC radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are attempting to gain a “monopoly” over mosques in the German state of Saxony and impose Sharia law, a local security chief has claimed.

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Austria
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14/12/2016
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SHARIA law is being enforced in the playground by Muslim schoolboys who are telling girls what is allowed even though they know little about the faith themselves, a report has revealed. The trend has become so common that the word Haram – referring to what is banned by Sharia law – is now regularly being heard in playgrounds throughout Austria, spawning the so-called 'generation haram'. The shocking claim follows an investigation carried out by Austrian magazine Biber that said Muslim schoolboys are increasingly taking it upon themselves to tell girls how to behave. The repor

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Nigeria
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24/03/2004
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A Nigerian Islamic sharia court on Wednesday postponed for almost a month the appeal of a young couple who were sentenced to be stoned to death.

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Nigeria
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17/02/2004
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HRW:

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Nigeria
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20/05/2002
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Religious and ethnic clashes have cost thousands of lives in Nigeria in the past two years and the restoration of strict Islamic law in 12 of Nigeria's 36 states has sparked bloody riots between Christians and Muslims. Now with more harsh Sharia punishments pending, including stoning, whipping, amputation and execution, and the prospect of Sharia being extended to at least one state in the predominantly Christian south, the issue might tear the country apart.

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Nigeria
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20/08/2002
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An Islamic court in Nigeria yesterday upheld a sentence of death by stoning for a woman accused of adultery. The case is the latest in a series of sentences passed under sharia law - a set of religious laws adopted over the past two years in northern regions of Nigeria, which have predominantly Muslim inhabitants.

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Sweden
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13/02/2018
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Muslims in Sweden have applied for permission to broadcast the call to prayer, claiming the move would boost community self-esteem and assist with integration.

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France
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14/02/2018
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A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France’s second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.

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A sense of supremacism permeates everything in the Muslim supremacist’s life — even those things that Western media portray as laudable, humanitarian, or understandable.

Consider the rape and strangulation of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old Muslim girl whose mangled body was found in a dump last January in Pakistan. The tragic incident sparked mass outrage in the Muslim nation. Famous celebrities and tens of thousands of other Pakistanis “expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag ‘justiceforZainab’”; angry mobs attacked police and government buildings, leaving at least two dead and many wounded; Islamic clerics warned governmental officials either to produce the murderer instantly, step down — or else. “Can we please catch this animal and punish him publicly?” is  that “summed up many people’s exasperation at a lack of progress in finding the killer.”

Needless to say, the outrage sensed by Pakistanis concerning this hapless girl’s lot, and their desire to see justice meted out to her rapist-murderer, is appreciable. The problem, however, is that this outrage is entirely predicated on the fact that she was Muslim. Many young Christian girls have been and continue to be raped, mutilated, and murdered — only for Pakistanis to respond with deafening silence.

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France
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13/02/2018
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The threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis area in the suburbs of Paris could affect as many as 30 per cent of the children in the area, according to a French sociologist. French sociologist and director of the Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation (GAMS), Isabelle Gillette-Faye has claimed that the prevalence of FGM in the suburbs of Paris, often referred to as 

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France
News Date: 
16/02/2018
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  • Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews.

  • Laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam.

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