Monthly Archives: October 2011


   The fringe group, Muslims Against Crusades, are to stage a protest outside the Royal Albert Hall on the 11th November in a bid to mock the charity for injured soldiers, ‘Help for Heroes,’ according to an article in the Daily Mail.

The paper reports:

“The Muslims Against Crusades protesters, who have sought permission from police to hold the rally, aim to chant and disrupt the minute’s silence held in honour of the war dead.”

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    The BBC, Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday have all reported that Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green was threatened by a group of men on Friday afternoon as he met constituents for surgery at North Finchley Mosque. From the BBC:

“The trouble began after messages on the Muslims Against Crusades website urged supporters to target him, he said.
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At ENGAGE, we regularly monitor print, broadcast and social media to record and challenge misrepresentations and inaccurate reporting of Islam and Muslims in the UK. We have argued for closer scrutiny and better self-regulation of the UK media in order to make it more responsive to bad practices, journalistic bias and the prevalent practice of exaggerating the influence of fringe Muslim groups to demonise the wider British Muslim population. A summary of complaints to the PCC is elaborated on in section one, providing details for the complaint (inaccuracy, misrepresentation, discriminatory reportage) together with the responses from the respective newspaper or the PCC. Section two deals with cases lodged by third parties which reflect inaccuracy, poor reporting or discrimination. Section three concludes with our ongoing concerns on the modus operandi of the Editors’ Code of Practice and its limitations with specific reference to media reporting of Islam and British Muslims.

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   A two hour time limit has been placed on an EDL demonstration due to take place in Birmingham tomorrow.

The Birmingham Post states that, “West Midlands Police had also told the group [EDL] that their protest must take place in Centenary Square and must be over by 3pm.”
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    As the results come in for Tunisia’s first free and fair democratic elections, the pro-Islamic an-Nahda Party looks set to be the largest party in the new government according to coverage in the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph.

An-Nahda currently has just over 42% of the seats, with secular parties, with whom an-Nahda will likely form a coalition government making up the rest of the votes. An estimated 90% of registered voters flocked to the polling booths this week to cast their ballot. The elections mark not only a massive milestone for Tunisians but for the entire Arab world, as these are the first elections to take place since the Arab Spring began last winter.

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  The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is hosting an ‘Islam in Britain’, exhibition as part of Reading International Festival.

Local paper, Get Reading reports:

“The exhibition looks right back to 754 when King Offa of Mercia received ambassadors from the Caliph of Baghdad.

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  New details have emerged of alleged British complicity in the rendition and torture of a Libyan dissident Abu Munthir al-Saadi and his family, after his daughter spoke openly about being forcibly taken to Libya and held in a prison with her family whilst her father was tortured. 

The wife and children of al-Saadi, who were aged between six and twelve at the time, are suing the British government and security services over their role in the abduction and detention of the family.
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    Following the investigation of BBC Radio 4’s File on Four programme last week into the alleged abuse of students in some British madrassahs, the Daily Mail today published an article which seeks to delve further into the issue.

The article features the harrowing testimony, obtained by File on Four, of some madrassah students who have been abused by teachers. Students who for example, have been punched, kicked, and made to sit in uncomfortable stress positions for lengthy periods of time. Such intimidation and abuse is no doubt wrong and against the kind and merciful spirit of Islam.

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  Local leaders, MPs and councilors in Birmingham have expressed their concern ahead of a planned march by the EDL next Saturday 29th October.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the EDL “are set to take to the streets on October 29, more than two years after their last visit ended in confrontations with anti-fascist groups.

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