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Musjid-E-Noor in Durban, South Africa on
Saturday 29th December.
reception was held on the
same day at Crescent Hall,
Parlock in Durban.
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YORK -- A woman who told police she shoved a
man to his death off a subway platform into
the path of a train because she has hated
Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was
one was charged Saturday with murder as a
hate crime, prosecutors said.
Erika Menendez (pictured left) was
charged in the death of Sunando Sen, who was
crushed by a 7 train in Queens on Thursday
night, the second time this month a commuter
has died in such a nightmarish fashion.
Menendez, 31, was awaiting arraignment on
the charge Saturday evening, Queens District
Attorney Richard A. Brown said. She could
face 25 years to life in prison if
convicted. She was in custody and couldn't
be reached for comment, and it was unclear
if she had an attorney.
Menendez, who was arrested after a tip by a
passer-by who saw her on a street and
thought she looked like the woman in a
surveillance video released by police,
admitted shoving Sen, who was pushed from
behind, authorities said.
"I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks
because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since
2001 when they put down the twin towers I've
been beating them up," Menendez told police,
according to the district attorney's office.
Sen was from India, but police said it was
unclear if he was Muslim, Hindu or of some
Farah: Even my gold medals can't help me
with US Customs
Olympic star Mo Farah showed US customs
officials his gold medals in an attempt to
be released from detention but "they
wouldn't have it".
The double gold medallist moved to America
last year and revealed that despite his
international fame he frequently gets
stopped at customs because of his Somali
Farah, who moved to Britain with his father
when he was eight, told the Sun on Sunday:
"I couldn't believe it. Because of my Somali
origin I get detained every time I come
through US customs. This time I even got my
medals out to show who I am, but they
wouldn't have it."
The long-distance runner also said he was
"blown away" at being made a CBE, but admits
that missing out on a podium spot in the
BBC's Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY)
was "difficult to get my head around".
The Team GB poster boy was rewarded for his
Olympic efforts in the New Year Honours
list, announced yesterday.
"I'm blown away. I'm honoured," said Farah.
"For me, 2012 is done and it's time to look
ahead. But I'll never forget what everyone
in Team GB achieved."
The honour comes after the popular athlete
missed out on a top three position in the
SPOTY awards earlier this month, despite
coming third last year before his wins at
the London Games.
He said: "This year I had achieved the most
I possibly could and didn't even get third
again, let alone a higher spot.
"I mean, there's nothing more I could have
He recognised it was "such a strong year"
and praised SPOTY winner Sir Bradley Wiggins
as a "phenomenal athlete".
Farah, who is married to Tania and has three
daughters, dedicated his medals to his twin
girls born two weeks after he won his second
gold medal in the 5,000 metres.
He added: "It's been a big year. But the
best way to end it is with the ones I love."
He said he thinks he has "four or five"
years of competition left in him and hopes
to take part in the London marathon,
possibly in 2014.
The new publication entitled ‘The Life of
Mohammed’ claims to be a ‘halal’ comic book
biography of the Prophet. The editor of
Charlie Hebdo has insisted that the book is
an ‘educational work’ edited by Muslims,
drawing on sources emanating from Islamic
traditions. According to the Financial
Times, the introduction states that the book
“neither represents nor caricatures”
Muhammed, adding that “his figure, the
little yellow fellow Charb, is a metaphor.”
Taylor’s article defends the right of the
magazine to publish the book but describes
it as a ‘missed opportunity to do something
profound’. Lamenting the magazine’s
squandering the opportunity to engage in a
meaningful educational exercise, Taylor
situates its dismal efforts in the context
of “a wider malaise within Europe over our
ability to have a decent cerebral discussion
Education journalist Susan Elkin, writes for
Independent Voices today weighing in on the
recent story on Muslim parents who are
taking a Greek Orthodox school to the High
Court, after the school banned their
daughter from wearing the headscarf, as
reported yesterday in the Daily Telegraph
and London Evening Standard.
Elkin argues that the solution to the
problem is “obvious to anyone with an iota
of common sense” and that the child in
question “should be allowed to wear a hijab
provided it matches the uniform. Entrenched
attitudes and confrontation are rarely an
effective way to solve problems,” she
argues, as the school and parents face a
looming legal battle over the school’s
Elkin writes of the responsibility of
schools in relation to students’ religious
beliefs, a topic which is “subject to
government guidance which recommends that
schools should ‘act reasonably’ in
accommodating beliefs relating to hair,
clothes and religious artefacts.
“Would a uniform coloured headscarf really
affect teaching and learning in the
classrooms at St Cyprians? Wouldn’t some
jaw-jaw be preferable to war-war in the High
Court which is where the parents hope this
matter will be heard?” she asks.
Elkin concludes that she welcomes
multiculturalism, but that “it won’t work
without give and take, mutual tolerance –
and sometimes a sensitive, sensible
As a school in a country whose
multiculturalism and diversity has been
celebrated and accommodated in legal codes
and public sector duties, it seems strange
that the school should feel a ban on
headscarves is appropriate. It is worth
noting that as a number of papers mention,
the uniform policy on the school’s website
makes no mention of a ban on headscarves,
instead proclaiming that the school’s
mission to “equip [students] with the
knowledge, skills and spirituality to enable
them to achieve their full potential and to
prepare them to contribute positively to the
challenges of a diverse multicultural
The introduction of a headscarf ban in
France as part of general guidelines on
‘conspicuous religious symbols’ in schools,
has had the knock-on effect of alienating
and excluding Muslim women from
participating in society at large. The
problem posed to equality and liberty as a
consequence of restrictions on religious
dress has been well documented by human
rights and equalities agencies, the Equality
and Human Rights Commission, Human Rights
Watch, and the Council of Europe to name a
of Islamophobia among Muslims in France,
Germany and the UK
Islamophobia Watch draws our attention
to the findings of a study carried out by
Jonas R Kunst, David L. Sam, and Pal
Ulleberg, into Muslims’ perceptions of
Islamophobia, published in the International
Journal of Intercultural relations. Whilst a
lot of research has been carried out on
Islamophobia in wider society, this
particular study aims to fill the gap in
knowledge of how Muslim minorities
themselves perceive Islamophobia.
The study was carried out with a sample of
1,344 Muslims who live as minorities in
European countries (French-Maghrebis;
German-Turks; German Arabs; and
British-Pakistanis). As part of the
research, a ‘Perceived Islamophobia Scale’
was developed, comprising of three subscales
of Islamophobia (‘general fear; fear of
Islamisation; Islamophobia in the media’)
Significantly, across the groups, the
participants “appear to experience the
highest level of Islamophobia in the media.”
The study suggests that this is more so the
case in the UK than in Germany and France
from where the other samples were drawn.
Another finding of the study is that British
Pakistanis perceived the lowest levels of
Islamophobia of all the groups in the study,
with French Maghrebis perceiving the highest
levels of Islamophobia. German Arabs and
Turks came between these groups.
after 10-14 years rises among Muslim couples
- Divorce rates in the country continue to
rise among Muslim couples who have been
married for 10 to 14 years.
The Brunei Darussalam Statistical Yearbook (BDSYB)
for 2011, which was released last week,
revealed that marriages lasting 10 to 14
years have consistently topped the divorce
rates over the past five years.
These couples account for 20.6 per cent or
95 cases out of the 459 divorces registered
in 2011. However, overall divorce rates have
dropped 4.9 per cent last year compared to
Citing figures from the State Judiciary
Department at the Prime Minister's Office,
the report indicated that Muslim couples who
have been married for more than a decade are
up to five times more likely to end in
Meanwhile, 65 per cent of divorces occur in
couples aged from 25 to 39. High divorce
rates are also found among couples aged from
25 to 29 and 40 to 44.
Out of the 4,844 newlyweds among the Muslim
community in Brunei last year, 3,105 were
from 20 to 29 years of age. People who wed
in their thirties account for 1,120
marriages, while 246 teenagers aged 15 to 29
decided to tie the knot.
According to the Minister of Religious
Affairs, the common causes of divorce were
irreconcilable differences, followed by
neglecting responsibilities and providing
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A Japanese tourist hailed a taxi in downtown Istanbul
and asked to be taken to the airport.
On the way, a car zoomed by and the tourist responded,
'Oh! Toyota - Made in Japan! Very fast!'
Not too long afterward, another car flew by the taxi.
'Oh! Nissan - Made in Japan! Very fast!'
Yet another car zipped by, and the tourist said, 'Oh!
Mitsubishi - Made in Japan! Very fast!'
Jallaluddin, the taxi driver, who was 100% Turkish, was
starting to get a little annoyed that the Japanese made
cars were passing his taxi, when yet another car passed
the taxi as they were turning into the airport. 'Oh!
Honda - Made in Japan! Very fast!'
Jallaluddin stopped the car, pointed to the meter, and
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