October 16, 2013

New Islamic Cultural Centre opens in Cork city

Source: Ahlul Bayt News Agency

The centre was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Catherine Clancy. An open day followed which enabled locals to tour the centre and learn more about its work.

Dr Radwan, who is a consultant anaesthetist at the Bon Secours Hospital, said he is hopeful “misconceptions” about the centre will be cleared up in the coming weeks.

“We are part of the community in the Shandon area and we are trying to prove to locals that there is no issue here. The central location is very important for us as it covers the needs of Muslim students who will come here for information. Irish schools can visit and we will give them tours. The opening went very well and we look forward to a long relationship with the people of Shandon Street.”

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September 23, 2013

Irish woman suspected of involvement in Kenyan terror attack

Source: Irish Central

Police in Britain and Kenya are investigating links between an Irish woman branded the “White Widow” and the shopping mall siege in Nairobi that has claimed 69 lives so far.

County Down born terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite is suspected of involvement in the attack.

Kenyan soldiers stated a white woman with a veil was calling out orders to gunmen in Arabic during the dreadful massacre at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Al Qaeda linked terror group, Al Shabaab, claimed responsibility and wrote on Twitter that Samantha Lewthwaite, the “White Widow” of London 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was “in their ranks” and a “brave lady”.

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September 21, 2013

Dispute over Cork city Islamic centre

Source: Irish Examiner

By Eoin English

A spokesman for Cork City Council’s planning department confirmed last night that senior planning officers have conducted site visits to the Cork Dawah Centre at 72-73 Shandon St on foot of several complaints from local residents and local public representatives about how it is being run.

The spokesman said planners have opened an enforcement file and formed the opinion that the centre is operating in breach of two key conditions attached to the granting of planning permission for the centre in July.

The centre’s owner has now been given four weeks to comply with the conditions before further enforcement action is considered.

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August 23, 2013

2 Muslim women ordered to stop praying in Dublin park

Source: Irish Examiner

One of the women, whose first name is Sajida, said they felt threatened and humiliated when the driver of a security van drew up and shouted that there was “no praying in the park” as they knelt in Griffith Park, Drumcondra, for one of the five daily calls to prayer that Muslims must observe.

Sajida, who moved to Ireland from Britain 17 years ago, said the women had “never experienced anything like it before”.

Sajida said she and her friend had picked a quiet spot but had barely begun praying when she heard a loud honking.

A Manguard Plus van — Manguard is contracted by Dublin City Council to provide an out-of-hours park warden service — drew up a few metres away and, Sajida claims, the driver shouted at them there was no praying in the park.

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August 19, 2013

Four Irish citizens held in Cairo jail after al-Fateh mosque demonstration

Source: The Guardian

Four Irish siblings caught up in the violence in Cairo are being held by Egyptian authorities, their family said on Sunday.

Sisters Omaima Halawa, 20, Fatima, 22, and Somaia, 27, and their brother Ibrihim, 17, were among hundreds of people cleared out of the al-Fateh mosque when security forces stormed the building on Saturday.

Their father, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, is the imam of Ireland’s largest mosque, in Dublin. At the family home in Firhouse, south Dublin, another sister, Nasaybi, said the four were being held at a jail in Cairo.

“The latest we know is that they are in one of the jails in Cairo. But we do not know if they are all together or whether they have been separated, boys and girls,” she said.

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August 18, 2013

Protestors gather at Egyptian embassy in Dublin

Source: Irish Times

Dozens of people gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin this afternoon to make a stand against violent military crackdowns on protesters in Cairo and the rest of country.

Hundreds of people have been killed this week after tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the ousting of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi.

Today’s demonstration was organised by the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) and John Molyneux, from the group’s steering committee, described what has happened as a “terrible massacre”.

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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

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.

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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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