Â What Muslims really want: Why don’t we listen?
By Silvia Aloisi
ROME (Reuters) – A far-right Italian senator outraged Muslims on Thursday by calling for a “Pig Day” protest against the planned construction of a mosque in northern Italy.
Roberto Calderoli of the anti-immigrant Northern League party said he was ready to bring his own pig to “defile” the site where the mosque is due to be built in the northern city of Bologna.
“I am making myself and my pig available for a walk at the site where they want to build the mosque,” Calderoli, who is a deputy speaker of Italy’s Senate, said in a statement.
Calderoli also said he would eat “a nice plateful of pork chops to show my lack of sympathy for those who consider pork forbidden meat.”
Muslims do not eat pork and consider pigs and their meat too filthy to touch.
“Those words are highly offensive and indecent, especially as they are coming from an Italian lawmaker,” Mario Scialoja, a prominent leader of Italy’s Muslim community, told Reuters. “It left me speechless”.
Tensions flare regularly between communities in predominantly Catholic Italy over the site of new mosques to serve a growing Muslim population.
On Wednesday night, around 20 people staged a protest near the port city of Genoa over the planned construction of a mosque which they said would be offensive because it is near a church
‘Prepare for Ramadan’- employers are being advised to consider ways to accommodate their Muslim workers.
* Avoid organizing social events during major religious festivals so as not to exclude Muslims
* Consider flexible working or changing shift rotas to accommodate breaking the fast
* Consider allowing extra time off to pray, especially at sunset
* Encourage gestures such as sending Eid cards, in a similar way to Christmas cards
* Don’t eat in front of your muslim colleagues or heat up food that smells
* Allow training staff on different religious events, sensitivity training, da’awa, (proselytizing…)
By Dana Gloger
* Why should they? They are the books of the ‘Religion of Peace’- and it would be hateful towards moderate Muslims to remove them. Right?
Some of these were by convicted race-hate preachers including Abu Hamza al-Masri, whose convictions include stirring up racial hatred and soliciting to murder, and who is serving a seven-year prison sentence for incitement. There were also works by Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal, who was jailed in 2003 for repeatedly calling for the murder of non-Muslims. Al-Faisal was released and deported earlier this year. One of the 7/7 London bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, had attended some of his sermons. The books, paid for by taxpayers’ money, form part of the libraries’ “Islamic literature” collections.
A report by the centre-right Centre for Social Cohesion thinktank, called Hate on the State: How British Libraries Encourage Islamic Extremism, last week said that many of the books stocked “incite violence against anyone who rejects jihadist ideologies”, and glorify “acts of terrorism against followers of other religions”.
This week, on a visit to Whitechapel Ideas Store (the new name for libraries), a JC reporter found a large number of books by Sayyid Qutb, often considered the founder of modern Islamic radicalism. In his book, Milestones, he writes: “War should be declared against those from among the ‘People of the Book’ [Christians and Jews] who declare open enmity until they agree to pay Jitzyah [tax paid by non-Muslims in a Muslim state] or accept Islam.”
Jews, he declares, “wanted to perpetuate their evil designs. At the top of the list of these activities is usury, the aim of which is that all the wealth of mankind end up in the hands of Jewish financial institutions, which run on interest.”
Despite the content of the books, Tower Hamlets Council has refused to remove them, on the grounds that the books themselves were not illegal.
A council spokeswoman said: “We will certainly consider this report as part of our ongoing 12-month review of library stock, which has already resulted in improvements to the balance of the Islamic literature in our libraries.
“We have purchased a wider range of Islamic books to reflect the broad range of views within the Islamic world.”
Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust told the JC: “CST is well aware that many of these authors slander non Muslims, have a particular hatred for Jews, and sow the seeds that allow extremism to flourish.
“The time is well overdue for public bodies to understand the reality of what these people are preaching, and the detrimental impact that this has upon all of our society.”
* At this point we couldn’t find out if the libraries are stocking Spencers ‘Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam And the Crusades’ or any anti-jihad books. Think they do?