Trying hard to control how upset I am. In the middle of writing my bar exam, the proctor interrupts me to give me this note. I spent Monday getting authorization to wear a head scarf. I was already bothered Massachusetts even required such a formal process for wearing it. Still I did. And made three phone calls to make sure I was all set. Still, they decide to take up the matter WHILE I’m taking the exam instead of waiting until the break. I then had to spend part of my lunch hour calling the Bar office to convince the proctors I was all set. Fun times living in the stone age.
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Channel 4 is to air the Muslim call to prayer live every morning during the month of Ramadan.
The broadcaster said it was an act of “deliberate provocation” aimed at viewers who might associate Islam with extremism.
The headline-grabbing move will see Channel 4 broadcast the three-minute call to prayer at about 3am for 30 days from the start of Ramadan on 9 July.
Channel 4 will also interrupt programming four times on the first day of Ramadan to mark subsequent calls by means of a 20-second film to remind viewers of the approaching prayer time.
After that date, the channel will air the 3am call to prayer on live TV, and the other four prayer times will be broadcast on its website.
Ralph Lee, Channel 4’s head of factual programming, said: “The calls to prayer prompt Muslims to carry out quiet moments of worship, but hopefully they’ll also make other viewers sit up and notice that this event is taking place.
"Observing the adhan on Channel 4 will act as a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate ‘provocation’ to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word."
Lee added in an article in the Radio Times: “No doubt Channel 4 will be criticised for focusing attention on a ‘minority’ religion but that’s what we’re here to do – provide space for the alternative and a voice to the under-represented.
"Following the horrific events in Woolwich and subsequent reprisals against British Muslims, there has surely never been a more pressing need to give a voice to the moderate mainstream majority. And let’s not forget that Islam is one of the few religions that’s flourishing, actually increasing in the UK. Like Channel 4’s target audience, its followers are young. It’s recently been reported that half of British Muslims are under 25."
The Muslim Council of Britain supported Channel 4’s move.
"This is a very special month for Muslims and its recognition on a mainstream channel is not only symbolic for belonging and solidarity but will hopefully help to portray a more realistic account of Islam and Muslims," said a spokesman.
He added that he believed nearly 5% of the UK will be actively involved in Ramadan and questioned whether the same could be said of other national events that gain significant TV coverage, such as the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
A short film of two to three minutes, Ramadan Reflections, will run ahead of each morning’s call to prayer.
The film, made by production company Watershed, will “feature a range of voices, from imams to architects, feminists to a former rock chick, each providing some serious Ramadan food for thought”.
Channel 4 is also launching a season of programmes around the period of prayer, called 4Ramadan, starting on 8 July.
The broadcaster has a history of launching controversial programming to spark viewer and media reaction.
Source: The Guardian
Muslim graves at a Newport cemetery in Wales have been desecrated with racist graffiti.
The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.
They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).
No one is safe - the living or the dead.
Muslim leaders from across the globe paid tribute Holocaust victims this week during a visit to Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp, where they prayed at the Wall of Death for those who were killed by genocide and suffered under violent anti-Semitism.
The imams, who hailed from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bosnia, Palestine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey and the United States, performed Islamic prayers while facing Mecca as part of a Holocaust awareness visit organized in part by the International Religious Freedom office of the U.S. State Department.
"What can you say? You’re speechless. What you have seen is beyond human imagination," Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the U.S.-based Islamic Society of North America, told Agence France-Presse.
"Whether in Europe today or in the Muslim world, my call to humanity: End racism for God’s sake, end anti-Semitism for God’s sake, end Islamophobia for God’s sake, end sexism for God’s sake… Enough is enough," said Magid, who leads the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Northern Virginia.
(via The Huffington Post.)
"Your smile is charity" ads in Austria
Taking the Prophet’s ﷺ words as its motto, the Islamic Federation in Vienna’s most recent campaign aims at introducing the values of Islam by way of promoting social harmony, warmth and service for the general benefit.
This initiative, which has been running for the past seven years under different campaigns, is seen in Austria as a call for solidarity and tolerance, as well as a contribution to multiculturalism.
A Saudi father pardoned his son’s killer if he successfully memorized the Holy Quran, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.
Rabi’a al-Dousary, father of the slain young man named Abdullah, promised to pardon the convicted felon, Faisal al-Ameri, if he successfully memorized all of the Holy Quran before leaving prison, al-Yawm Saudi newspaper reported.
Ameri was sentenced to death for killing Dousary during a quarrel that erupted in their neighborhood.
The Higher Committee of Correction in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom has persuaded the father to forgive and pardon Ameri.
The father, who refused to receive any blood money, to teach the Ameri a far more valuable lesson, insisted on one condition: the killer to fully memorize the Quran before his acquittal from prison
Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in schools
"Let’s allow everyone to dress their child as they wish, according to their means," — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA
'My Jihad' Bus Ads Debut In Chicago
A new ad campaign debuted this week in Chicago that’s sure to turn some heads.
On Monday, 25 CTA buses began sporting ads from “My Jihad,” a new educational campaign introduced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago chapter (CAIR-Chicago).
Founded by Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director, the campaign was conceived as a response to the anti-Islam ad campaign created by conservative blogger Pamela Geller, who ran a series of controversial “Defeat Jihad” ads on city buses last month.
The goal of the campaign, Rehab explained, is “reclaiming Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on Jihad,” according to a CAIR statement.
The literal meaning of Jihad, according to the BBC, is “struggle or effort” — not simply a “holy war” waged on behalf of Islam. It is a central doctrine of the Islamic faith.