The Stoning of Soraya M – Review
Apr 2011 17

In a dusty village in Iran, a man wants to be rid of his wife, Soraya, so he can marry his mistress (and avoid alimony). So, to cover up his own adulteries, he accuses his blameless spouse of infidelity.

Outraged, she tries to bring her own charges. The mayor informs her that different standards apply. Her husband can stand mute and be presumed blameless, but as a woman, she has to prove she didn’t do it.

“So, all women are guilty and all men are innocent,” her aunt Zahra bitterly observes.

Something like that. Read more

Channel 4 reports Islamic Radicalism
Apr 2011 19

Why are Muslims in UK not taking measures to ensure that extremism doesn’t take root in their backyard? We’ve witnessed radicals hold Pakistan hostage to their delusional paranoia. We can’t possibly wait for the cops or civil society to tackle this problem. We must act and ask ourselves; do we want our children growing up thinking they can castrate anyone on the basis of religion. Shias, Ahmediys and Ismailis have been pissed on for decades now all over and it is high time we distinguish ourselves from these radical elements.

Police have arrested a man concerning alleged assaults on children at a mosque after viewing a Channel 4 documentary screened on Monday.

Dispatches, Lessons in Hate and Violence, secretly filmed a man apparently hitting and kicking children during Qu’ran lessons at a school in the Markazi Jamia mosque at Keighley, West Yorkshire.

An Islamic school in Birmingham in the same documentary, where a preacher was filmed making offensive remarks about non-Muslims, said it would close early for half-term, amid fears pupils could be the target of far-right groups. Read more

Anti-Extremism toolkit
May 2011 29

Preventing violent extremism is one of the most challenging and important issues facing our society now.

While it is very rare for school children to become involved in criminal extremist activity, young people can be exposed to extremism or prejudiced views, including via the internet, from an early age. Schools, working with other local partners, families and communities, can help support pupils who may be vulnerable to violent extremism as part of their wider safeguarding responsibilities.

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A note for the Extremists
Oct 2011 08

The great H.G. Wells once wrote :

“The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it….Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity.”

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