Archive for July, 2013

July 22, 2013

Muslim wanted for terrorism in US sues Irish prison for preventing religious practices

Ali Charaf Damache Photo by Irish Independent

Ali Charaf Damache
Photo by Irish Independent

Ali Charaf Damache (47), an Algerian with Irish citizenship, has begun to sue several Irish institutions claiming that he was not permitted to practice his Muslim religion while being held in a Cork prison in 2011.

The Irish Independent reports that Damache, who is wanted in the US on terror-related charges, has since been moved from Cork Prison to Cloverhill Prison in Dublin. He will remain there pending the outcome of the extradition request from the US.

Damache has since brought proceedings against the governor of Cork Prison, the Irish Prison Services, the Minister for Justice and the Attorney General. He claims he was subjected to abuse and insults from both staff and inmates at Cork Prison and was prevented from practicing his religion.

 Source: Irish Central

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July 22, 2013

‘Apartheid’ in Irish prison? Muslim prisoner in Cork details Guantanamo-like abuses

Starting from 16 July 2013 an Irish Muslim prisoner is bringing proceedings against the authorities for alleged Guantanamo-like conditions of detention and abuse. CagePrisoners publishes extracts of his testimony.

“The conditions of Muslims are similar to the conditions of the native South Africans at the time of the Apartheid regime. This is how I can describe the conditions of the Muslims in Irish prisons” – Ali Charaf Damache (aka Abu Nabil)

In a letter sent from Cork Prison in 2011, Ali Charaf Damache described his treatment, explaining that Muslims’ “religious human rights (were) purposely violated”.

Besides being deprived of halal meat as well as not being granted access to an imam for religious counselling and assistance, he reported incidents where the Qu’ran was desecrated.

Source: Cage Prisoners

July 17, 2013

Irish government sending troops to Golan Heights to contain Syrian Civil War

Irish troops deployed to the Golan Heights

Irish troops deployed to the Golan Heights

Source: Irish Times

More than 100 Irish troops are to be be sent to war-torn Syria as part of a United Nations observer force later this summer.

The Government yesterday approved the deployment of a 114-strong mechanised infantry unit to the Golan Heights at the request of the UN.

A Government spokesman said the Irish troops would not be acting as peacekeepers or peace enforcers but in an observer capacity.

“They will be in a position to respond quickly to situations as they develop,” he added. The addition of Irish troops will bring the UN force up to a strength of 1,250.

Last month, the Austrian government announced it was withdrawing its 380-strong force from the Golan Heights because the area had become too dangerous. Continue reading

July 14, 2013

Ramadan in Ireland

Source: Statesman

Abdul Hassib, who is involved in the Islamic Cultural Centre being established up in Clongriffin, writes about the experience of Ramadan in Ireland

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar cycle. The lunar calendar is about 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. Consequently, the month of Ramadan falls during different seasons every decade or so.

Fasting is considered to be a pillar of Islam, as it is mentioned in the Quran: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you (O Muslims) just as it was prescribed for people before you, so that you may be more pious.” [Quran, 2:183]

For Muslims, fasting was not a new thing. Before the advent of the Prophet of Islam in Arabia, people of different faiths fasted in different ways and forms. With the establishment of Islam, fasting became a cornerstone of Islam practiced by Muslims with great enthusiasm and passion.

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