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Recently we posted 2 articles from the U.K. detailing the extent that Islam and Jihadism has infested Great Britain. We follow up with two more articles. Not much has changed. The infestation is engulfing Great Britain and the entire continent. We have detailed the the problems in France, Germany and Sweden. Unless the governments currently in power stop bowing to the alter of political correctness and respond to this Islamic invasion Europe (1) will go Islamic within 20 years or (2) extreme right wing political movements will spring up and deal with the problem. Either way there is a storm coming and Europe is unprepared.

Head-to-toe Muslim veils test tolerance of secular Britain

Rushdie fatwa looms again amid new protests

Head-to-toe Muslim veils test tolerance of secular Britain

By Jane Perlez
June 21, 2007

LONDON: Increasingly, Muslim women in Britain take their children to school and run errands covered head to toe in flowing black gowns that allow only a slit for their eyes.

Like little else, their appearance has unnerved Britons, testing the limits of tolerance in this stridently secular nation. Many veiled women say they are targets of abuse. At the same time, efforts are growing to place legal curbs on the full Muslim veil, known as the niqab.

The past year has seen numerous examples: A lawyer dressed in a niqab was told by an immigration judge that she could not represent a client because, he said, he could not hear her. A teacher wearing a niqab was told by a provincial school to go home. A student who was barred from wearing a niqab took her case to the courts, and lost. In fact, the British education authorities are proposing a ban on the niqab in schools altogether.

David Sexton, a columnist for The Evening Standard, wrote recently that Britain has been "too deferential" toward the veil. "I find such garb, in the context of a London street, first ridiculous and then directly offensive," he said.

Although the number of women wearing the niqab has increased in the past several years, only a tiny percentage of women among Britain's two million Muslims cover themselves completely. It is impossible to say how many exactly.

Some who wear the niqab, particularly younger women who have taken it up recently, concede that it is a frontal expression of Islamic identity, which they have embraced since Sept. 11, 2001, as a form of rebellion against the policies of the Blair government in Iraq and at home.

"For me it is not just a piece of clothing, it's an act of faith, it's solidarity," said a 24-year-old program scheduler at a broadcasting company in London, who would allow only her last name, Al Shaikh, to be printed, saying she wanted to protect her privacy. "9/11 was a wake-up call for young Muslims," she said.

At times she receives rude comments, including, Shaikh said, when a woman at her workplace told her she had no right to be there. Shaikh said she planned to file a complaint.

When she is on the street, she often answers barbs. "A few weeks ago a lady said: 'I think you look crazy.' I said: 'How dare you go around telling people how to dress,' and walked off. Sometimes I feel I have to reply. Islam does teach you that you must defend your religion."

Other Muslims find the niqab objectionable, a step backward for an immigrant group that is under pressure after the terror attack on London's transit system in July 2005.

"After the July 7 attacks, this is not the time to be antagonizing Britain by presenting Muslims as something sinister," said Imran Ahmad, author of "Unimagined," an autobiography of growing up Muslim in Britain, and the head of British Muslims for Secular Democracy. "The veil is so steeped in subjugation, I find it so offensive someone would want to create such barriers. It's retrograde."

Since South Asians started coming to Britain in large numbers in the 1960s, a small group of usually older, undereducated women have worn the niqab. It was most often seen as a sign of subjugation.

Many more Muslim women wear the headscarf, called the hijab, covering all or some of their hair. Unlike in France, Turkey and Tunisia, where students in state schools and female civil servants are banned from covering their hair, British Muslim women can wear the headscarf, and indeed the niqab, almost anywhere, for now.

But that tolerance is eroding. Even some who wear the niqab, like Faatema Mayata, a 24-year-old psychology and religious studies teacher, agreed there were limits. "How can you teach when you are covering your face?" she said, sitting with a cup of tea in her living room in Blackburn, a town in the north of England, her niqab tucked away because she was within the confines of her home.

She has worn the niqab since she was 12, when she was sent by her parents to an all-girls boarding school. The niqab was not, as many Britons seemed to think, a sign of extremism, she said. The niqab, to her, was about identity. "If I dressed in a Western way I could be a Hindu, I could be anything," she said. "This way I feel comfortable in my identity as a Muslim woman."

No one else in the family wore the niqab. Her husband, Ibrahim Boodi, a social worker, was indifferent, she said. "If I took it off today, he wouldn't care."

When she is walking, she is often stopped, she said. "People ask, 'Why do you wear that?' A lot of people assume I'm oppressed, that I don't speak English. I don't care, I've got a brain."

Some commentators have complained that mosques encourage women to wear the niqab, a practice they have said should be stopped. At the East London Mosque, one of the largest in the capital, the chief imam, Abdul Qayyum, studied in Saudi Arabia and is trained in the Wahhabi school of Islam. According to the community relations officer at the mosque, Ehsan Abdullah Hannan, the imam's daughter wears the niqab.

At Friday prayers recently, the women worshipers were crowded into a small upstairs windowless room away from the main hall for the men.

A handful of young women wore the niqab and spoke effusively about their reasons. "Wearing the niqab means you will get a good grade and go to paradise," said Hodo Muse, 19, a Somali woman. "Every day people are giving me dirty looks for wearing it, but when you wear something for Allah you get a boost."

Rushdie fatwa looms again amid new protests

Posted June 22, 2007

Angry Islamists protested against Britain's knighthood for Salman Rushdie Friday, as an Iranian cleric said the death sentence on the writer was still valid 18 years on.

The Indian-born Rushdie remained at the centre of a firestorm nearly a week after being awarded the honour with demonstrators in Pakistan torching effigies of him and Queen Elizabeth.

Rushdie was sentenced to death in a fatwa by Iran's late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 for his book "The Satanic Verses", which some Muslims regard as blasphemous.

"In Islamic Iran, the revolutionary fatwa issued by Imam Khomeini remains valid and cannot be modified," leading Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khatami said during his Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

"The old and decrepit government of Great Britain should know that the era of their empire is over and today they are a valet in the service of the United States," Khatami added.

Khomeini's successor as supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in January 2005 he still believed the British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorised by Islam.

Britain has refused to withdraw Rushdie's knighthood despite demands from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan's Taliban movement, as well as critical comments from Iraq and Indonesia.

Business in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, ground to a halt Friday as traders heeded calls by Islamic militants to strike over the award.

Shops in the main market were shuttered following the call by hardline separatist group Jamiat-ul-Mujahedin, although there was little impact in other parts of Kashmir.

"The Kashmiri nation has to rise in one voice to show resentment against the shameful decision (to award the knighthood) by observing a complete shutdown," said Jamiat spokesman Jameel Ahmed.

In Pakistan, demonstrators took to the streets in several cities.

Around 300 people in Islamabad, watched over by riot police carrying batons and shields, chanted "Our struggle will continue until Salman Rushdie is killed!"

"Britain must withdraw the knighthood and hand Rushdie to Pakistan to be punished under Islamic laws," Fazalur Rehman, a pro-Taliban cleric and leader of the parliamentary opposition, told the protesters.

In Karachi more than 1,000 people chanted that they backed comments made in parliament on Monday by Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul Haq, that Rushdie's knighthood justified suicide bombings.

Britain earlier this week expressed "deep concern" over the remarks. Iran and Pakistan both the British envoys to their countries in protest against the Rushdie knighthood.

In the central city of Multan members of the local paramedics association torched effigies of Rushdie and the queen, an AFP photographer said. There were also protests in Lahore and Quetta.

Earlier Pakistan's national assembly -- the lower house of parliament -- unanimously passed a resolution again calling for London to revoke Rushdie's honour. It issued a similar call on Monday.

"This house again demands the British government take back the award from blasphemer Rushdie and apologise to the Islamic world", said the new resolution, moved by parliamentary affairs minister Sher Afgan Niazi.

And a legislator from the party of exiled former premier Nawaz Sharif called for Rushdie to be murdered. "Whosoever kills him will be the hero of Muslims," Khwaja Saad Rafiq told the assembly.

Pakistani traders offered a reward of 10 million rupees (165,000 dollars) late Thursday for anyone who beheads Rushdie, while a group of Islamic scholars awarded Osama bin Laden their highest honour in a tit-for-tat move.
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