Posts tagged ‘Muslim’

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

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May 18, 2013

Irish footballer under investigation after pig’s head is left in Muslim’s teammate’s locker

Glenn Whelan (Left) and Kenwyne Jones

Glenn Whelan (Left) and Kenwyne Jones

Source: Irish Central

An Irish World Cup star had the windscreen of his Porsche smashed after a pig’s head was left in the locker of a devout Muslim teammate.

Stoke City and Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan is at the centre of an internal investigation after a series of incidents at the Premier League club’s training ground.

Muslim striker Kenwyne Jones was said to have taken offence after the pig’s head was left in his locker.

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March 13, 2013

Dublin city council says yes to €40m Islamic cultural centre

Clongriffin mosque

By Jack Fagan in Irish Times

Development work is expected to get under way early next year on an Islamic Cultural Centre including a large mosque at Clongriffin on the northern fringe of Dublin city following the granting of planning permission for the ¤40 million complex by Dublin City Council.

The six-acre campus is being promoted by a Dublin-based Muslim group and will be developed by businessman Gerry Gannon on part of the extensive lands he owns at Clongriffin.

The overall plans prepared by architects Conroy Crowe Kelly provide for a three-storey domed mosque and cultural centre including a prayer hall, meeting rooms, creche and library extending to 5,573sq m (60,000sq ft).

City planners have banned the use of public address announcements or a call to prayer which could be audible outside the centre.

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November 27, 2012

Dublin drama celebrates veiled Muslim women

Source: On Islam

Breaking down stereotypes and assumptions about female Muslims in Ireland, a new drama would be staged next year in Dublin to present personal and true stories of successful veiled Muslim women.

“Over 49,000 Muslims now call Ireland home,” Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said in a statement on the council’s website on Monday, November 26.

“They are playing a positive role in our society and are active in every part of Irish life.

The drama, entitled the “Hijabi Monologues”, is planned to be staged on the Axis Theatre in Ballymun, Dublin, next year.

“The aim of this production is to reflect that reality and to breakdown misconceptions which people may have about the Muslim community.”

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September 30, 2012

Dublin Muslims protest over Innocence of Muslims

Source: Irish Times

The organisers of a Muslim protest march in Dublin against an anti-Islamic video and series of cartoons have described the demonstration as “very successful.”

A group of about 200 to 300 demonstrators participated in a peaceful march from St Stephen’s Green to the American and French embassies.

Earlier this month violent protests erupted across the Middle-East after a video depicting the prophet Muhammad as a fraud went viral on the internet.

Subsequent depictions of Muhammad by a French satirical magazine drew widespread condemnation from across the Muslim world.

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June 16, 2012

Royal Surgeons Dublin trained doctors imprisoned in Bahrain

Source: The Journal

Sinn Féin has urged the Irish government to publicly call for the sentences handed down to nine Bahraini doctors, some of whom trained in Ireland, to be dropped.

In one case Dr Ali Al Akri, an orthopaedic surgeon who trained at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) in Dublin, was abducted from the operating room at Salmaniya Hospital and reportedly imprisoned and tortured.

His sentence was today cut from 15-years to five years. Eight others, including Irish-trained doctor Bassam Dhaif were given sentences ranging from a month to three years.

The RSCI has expressed its concern at the developments and urged the Bahraini government to release all the medics in light of claims that they were tortured.

May 16, 2012

Plans for huge Islamic Centre in Clongriffin

Source: Irish Times

A Dublin-based Muslim group is in advanced discussions to develop a € 40 million Islamic Cultural Centre including a substantial Mosque at Clongriffin on the northern fringe of the city. A formal planning application for the six-acre campus is to be lodged with Dublin City Council by the end of this summer.

The complex is expected to give a major boost to Dublin’s newest town centre and lead to the creation of up to 500 construction jobs over a three year period.

May 4, 2012

Irish Imam aware of radical wing

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Ibrahim Michael Noonan from Co Waterford, who is the first Irish man to become an Imam, said last night that he had become aware of a small, militant element of Islam creeping into the country and called for increased vigilance.

“I have become aware in the last year or so of a radical wing of Islam converting young Irish men who have become disenchanted with Irish society.

“I must stress that 99pc of Muslims living in Ireland have absolutely no interest in this branch of Islam but there is small element of brainwashing going on of young, disenchanted men by some extreme people who have made their way into the country,” he said.

Mr Noonan, a former theology student and staunch Catholic, contemplated becoming a priest before converting to Islam.

He is now the head of the Muslim community in Galway.

“It is unsettling to hear that there are certain people in the country who are interested in the kind of mindset of Osama bin Laden,” he said.

April 30, 2012

Muslim woman denied GNIB card for wearing hijab

Source: Metro Éireann

A Muslim group in Ireland has described as outrageous the decision by an immigration official not to renew the residency card of a Muslim woman unless she removed her hijab.

Metro Éireann has heard that the woman in question was refused by an official at the Garda National Immigra-tion Bureau (GNIB) when she declined to remove her headscarf for the photograph required for her residency card.

Abu Usama, spokesperson for the group Islam4Ireland, told Metro Éireann that “it is against the rule of Islam for a Muslim woman to be seen publicly without her hijab”.

In a statement, the group added: “The hijab or scarf worn on the head is an obligation in Islam on every Muslim woman when outside of the house or in the company of non-family members.

“It is not allowed for any Muslim woman to go out in public without the hijab.”

The statement also emphasised that “the hijab or headscarf is completely different to the niqaab, or full face veil, which is also worn by Muslim women.”

The group added that while they can accept that the incident was “a terrible mistake”, the Government should “address this serious insult to Islam and Muslims immediately”.