Thursday, November 01, 2012

முகம்மதுவின் மனைவி கதீஜாவின் வீடு கக்கூஸாகிறது!

Pilgrims in Riyadh
Pilgrims in Riyadh

Three of the world’s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed in Medina as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-dollar expansion of Islam’s second holiest site, according to the British Independent. The house of Mohammed's first wife, Khadijah, has already been replaced with a public toilet block, it reports.
The disregard for Islam’s early history is due to the Saudi regime’s adoption of Wahabism, an austere stream which scorns all forms of idol worship, including shrines and pilgrimages to graves, the paper explains.
Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the prophet Mohammed is buried, will reportedly start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month. When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world’s largest building, able to take in 1.6 million worshippers.
But there are fears that the redevelopment of the Masjid an-Nabawi is "part of a wider drive to shift focus away from the place where Mohammed is buried," the newspaper says. "The spot that marks the Prophet’s tomb is covered by a famous green dome and forms the centerpiece of the current mosque. But under the new plans, it will become the east wing of a building eight times its current size with a new pulpit."
Historic sections of Mecca and Medina have been bulldozed to make way for gleaming shopping malls, luxury hotels and enormous skyscrapers. The Independent quotes the Washington-based Gulf Institute, which estimates that "95 per cent of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years."

இஸ்லாமுக்கு எதிராக facebookஇல் எழுதியதற்காக மூன்று இந்துக்கள் கைது (இந்தியா)

இஸ்லாமுக்கு எதிராக facebookஇல் எழுதியதற்காக மூன்று இந்துக்கள் கைதுவில்!

India: Kashmir protests after Facebook 'slur'

Facebook logoAuthorities shut down a Facebook page allegedly containing morphed pictures

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Muslims in Indian-administered Kashmir have protested against Facebook posts which they say insult Islam.
Police have arrested three people, all Hindus, from the Kishtwar district for allegedly running a "campaign" against Islam on the social networking site.
Two of the men are government teachers. Authorities said they had been dismissed from their jobs.
Police were put on alert after Muslim leaders called for a shutdown in the valley on Tuesday.
On Monday Muslim protestors clashed with relatives of the three men who allegedly put up the Facebook posts in Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah districts.
Some protestors pelted a local police station with stones and damaged vehicles.
Authorities have blocked a Facebook page on which the three men had allegedly posted morphed pictures of the Koran and Kaaba. They have also asked the police to charge the men with violating public safety.
Religious tensions erupt occasionally in Kashmir's districts of Kishtwar, Poonch and Kargil, the BBC's Riyaz Masroor in Srinagar says.
Last month a strike called by an alliance of Kashmiri religious groups to protest against the amateur anti-Islam film, which led to worldwide protests, hit normal life in the valley.
Thousands have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir since a revolt against Indian rule began in 1989.
In recent months there has been a lull in violence in Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan.

வேலை கிடைப்பதற்காக ஆஸ்திரேலியாவில் இந்துக்களாக மதம் மாறும் இந்திய முஸ்லீம்கள்!

வேலை கிடைப்பதற்காக ஆஸ்திரேலியாவில் இந்துக்களாக மதம் மாறும் இந்திய முஸ்லீம்கள்!
ஆஸ்திரேலியாவில் இந்தியாவில் இருப்பது போல ஓட்டுப்பொறுக்கி அரசாங்கங்கள் இல்லை போலிருக்கிறது.
முஸ்லீம்களை வேலையில் வைக்க எந்த ஒரு சாதாரண மனிதனும்  தயங்குகிறான்.
இந்தியாவிலும் முஸ்லீம்கள் தங்களது கேடுகெட்ட வழியை விட்டுவிட்டு குழந்தைகளுக்காக இந்துக்களாக மதம் மாறுவதே அவர்களுக்கு நல்லது.

Indian Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs

Updated 1 November 2012, 16:53 AEST
Muslims in India make up about a tenth of the population and often complain that they face anti-Islamic bias in the Hindu-dominated society.
They say this prejudice often prevents them from getting jobs or doing business.
In an attempt to fend off the discrimination some Muslims are quietly hiding their religious affiliation.
They are secretly adopting Hindu names and dress styles and report they're faring well in the Hindu-dominated job markets.
Correspondent: Shaikh Azizur Rahman
Speaker: Hasina Begum, a Muslim who works as a Hindu Ayah; Barin Ghosh, a former job agent; Ayesha Pervez, minority rights activist; Prasenjit Biswas, rights activist, author and a professor in North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

12 வயது ஈழத்து அகதி சிறுமியை பாலியல் வன்முறை செய்த கிறிஸ்துவ பாஸ்டர்

அடிப்படை மனித இரக்கமே இல்லாத இந்த மிருகங்கள் மத போர்வையில் உலா வருகின்றன.

கருணை மார்க்கமும் அமைதி மார்க்கமும் இப்படித்தான் தமிழர்கள் மீது வன்முறை செலுத்துகின்றன. சாதாரண ஒரு இந்து, கிறிஸ்துவ மதம் மாறியதும் இப்படித்தான் வெறியனாகிவிடுகிறான்.

கண்டுகொள்வோம் இந்த மதங்களை. தமிழர்களை காப்பாற்றுவோம்.

வழிதவறிய தமிழர்களே மனம் திரும்புங்கள்

Girl alleges sex abuse by pastor

Oct 21, 2012, 04.17AM IST TNN

MADURAI: Police are on the lookout for a pastor, who is absconding following a complaint of sexual harassment of a 12-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl, by her parents. The complaint has been registered with the Dindigul taluk police.

Kumarasamy (47) is a Sri Lankan refugee staying in the Adiyanoorthu refugee camp. He works as a loadman with the railways. His 12-year-old daughter was a student at a Roman Catholic school in the neighbouring area. A few days ago, she had come home weeping, saying that the priest, Amaladas, of the church next to the school misbehaved with her. Enquiries by her mother and relatives allegedly revealed that the priest had abused the girl sexually.

The incident has caused a flutter among refugees who send their children to the same school.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

கிறிஸ்துவ சர்ச்சுகளை எரித்த 126 டான்சானியா முஸ்லீம்கள் கைது

Tanzania arrests after Dar es Salaam churches attacks

Jakaya Kikwete (18 May 2012) President Jakaya Kikwete has appealed for religious tolerance

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Police in Tanzania have arrested 126 people after last week's attacks on churches in the main city, Dar es Salaam, a police commander has said.
Angry Muslims vandalised and torched five churches after a Christian boy reportedly urinated on a Koran.
President Jakaya Kikwete said the violence was unacceptable, even if the incident angered Muslims.
Tanzania's long history of religious tolerance should not be threatened, he said.
The BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Dar es Salaam says a discussion between the 14-year-old Christian boy and his Muslim friend apparently got out of hand, leading to the attacks on Friday.
'Justice will prevail'
The Christian boy was reportedly told by his Muslim friend that he would turn into a snake if he urinated on a Koran, our correspondent says.
The Christian boy then asked for a Koran and, according to reports, urinated on it to test his friend's claim, our correspondent adds.
A Dar es Salaam police commander, Suleiman Kova, told the BBC that 126 people had been arrested over the subsequent attacks.

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Youth are said to have been largely involved in the violence”
Sheikh Alhadi MusaMuslim cleric
"We are making every effort to arrest everyone responsible... We want justice to prevail," he said.
Muslim cleric Sheikh Alhadi Musa, who is the chairman of the local Interfaith Committee, condemned the attack on the churches.
He said the Koran had been defiled by one person and it was wrong to assume that it was the stand of all Christians.
Plans were under way to promote dialogue between followers of the two faiths, he said.
"Youth are said to have been largely involved in the violence, so I have sent some youth to talk to their colleagues," Sheikh Musa added.
Mr Kikwete, who visited the churches on Saturday, appealed for calm, Tanzania's Guardian newspaper reports.
He said Christians should not launch retaliatory attacks as this would lead to more conflict.

முகம்மது நபி சொன்னார் என்று ஒட்டக மூத்திரம் குடிக்கும் எகிபதிய முஸ்லீம் பெண்கள்

முகம்மது நபி சொன்னார் என்று ஒட்டக மூத்திரம் குடிக்கும் எகிபதிய முஸ்லீம் பெண்கள்

Shocking Video: Muslim Women Drinking Camel Urine for ‘Good Health’

A video just appeared further substantiating my recent report, “Sharia-Medicine: Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine,” which documents how several Islamic authorities praise the practice of drinking camel urine for good health—based on the advice of Muslim prophet Muhammad—and how in Egypt there is now even a clinic that treats people by giving them camel urine to drink.
The video appeared on Dream TV, with talk show host Wael Ibrashi narrating.  It shows men collecting camel urine in buckets and giving it to people who are, in Ibrashi’s words, “looking to be healed from influenza, diabetes, infectious diseases, infertility,” etc.
Several women are shown drinking camel urine—and doing all they can to keep it down and not vomit.
Ibrashi concluded by saying he is not airing this video to mock or disgust but to determine “whether we are moving forward, or whether we are moving backwards.”
Indeed, the growing popularity of drinking camel urine is but the latest example of the true nature of the “Arab Spring.”
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இந்தோனேஷியாவில் ஷரியா: சர்ச்சுகளும் பௌத்தவிகாரங்களும் மூடப்பட்டன

இவர்களுக்கு இவர்களது மசூதிகளை இந்தியாவில் மூடினால் என்ன சொல்வார்கள்?

கண்டுகொள்வோம் காட்டிமிராண்டித்தனங்களை

Nine churches and six Buddhist temples shut down under Islamist pressure in Banda Aceh
by Mathias Hariyadi
For the city's deputy mayor, the buildings were not being properly used. They lacked the proper building permit and were used for "unlawful" purposes. She pledged greater monitoring of minority activities. Local sources say that the crackdown is the result of threats from extremist groups. FPI now wants other cities and towns to do the same.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Authorities in Banda Aceh, capital of the Aceh Special Territory, ordered the closure of nine Christian home churches and six Buddhist prayer houses for alleged irregularities in their building permit. According to Deputy Mayor Hajjah Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, the buildings were illegal because they lacked the right permit. Under the law, private homes cannot be used "for religious ceremonies or functions."
"Aceh is a special territory that enforces Sharia," she said and home churches violate the law because they lack the appropriate building permit (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan in Indonesian).
The issue is more complicated in the case of Christian places of worship because the latter require the agreement of a certain number of local residents and that of the local interfaith dialogue group. Under the pressure of radical Muslim groups, permits are often denied.
Deputy Mayor Djamal also wants the authorities to monitor the activities of Buddhist and Christian communities to ensure that their services are performed in the right places. This is necessary, in her view, to "maintain interfaith harmony." At the same time, "we shall not issue any new permit for other churches or vihara (Buddhist temples)."
Local Muslim extremists welcomed the decision. Yusuf Al-Qardhawy, head of the Aceh branch of the Islamic Defence Front (FPI), called on other jurisdictions to follow Banda Aceh, enforce Islamic law and stop any non-Muslim worship activity that is not approved.
He said the situation would be monitored constantly to ensure that rules are respected. Local sources note that the municipal order shutting Buddhist and Christian places of worship follows a complaint filed by Islamists concerning an "improper" use of buildings.
The province of Aceh, the westernmost of the archipelago of Indonesia, is also the only one which is subject to Sharia. Compliance is ensured by the 'morality police,' a special force that punishes violations in dress and behaviour.
In the past, a relative calm and religious harmony between the Muslim majority and "foreigners," members of various non-Islamic faiths, prevailed under the leadership of former guerrilla leader, now Governor Irwandy Yusuf.
More recently the situation has changed however. Attacks against religious minorities have started and fundamentalists has gained more power and freedom of action.
In last April's elections, Zaini Abdullah, a former guerrilla leader who lived in exile in Sweden, won promising to fight corruption and impose Islamic law.
The strict application of Sharia was one of the conditions separatist rebels imposed on Jakarta to end their armed struggle.
As a result of a recent spike in sectarian tensions, the area saw violence and attacks against Christian communities, which led to the closure of places of worship on the order of the authorities claiming that they lacked proper building permits.

சவுதி அரேபிய புத்தகங்களில் கிறிஸ்துவர்கள் யூதர்கள் இந்துக்கள் மீது வெறுப்பு பிரச்சாரம்

அடுத்த தலைமுறையும் இவர்களை போலவே பயங்கரவாதிகளாக முஸ்லீமல்லாத மற்றவர்களை கொல்லவேண்டும் என்று வினையை விதைக்கிறார்கள்.
இந்த காட்டிமிராண்டித்தனங்களை கண்டுகொள்வோம்.

An appeal to the government of Saudi Arabia to stop publishing hate-filled textbooks was issued today by seven current and former heads of major American publishing houses. Leading it was Robert Bernstein, formerly chairman of Random House and founder of Human Rights Watch, who is now the chairman of Advancing Human Rights. He was joined by the publisher at Amazon, the publisher of Simon and Schuster, a Reuters editor-at-large, the editorial director of Broadside Books (HarperCollins), and other prominent publishers.
I have researched and written about the toxic content of school textbooks published by the Saudi Ministry of Education for almost a decade and have found that little has changed in them over this period. Last year, I had the opportunity as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to travel to Riyadh and meet with the Saudi minister of education, who is King Abdullah’s nephew and son-in-law, Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad al-Saud. The education minister acknowledged that 1–12 textbook reform was needed but indicated it was not a governmental priority. I also met with the Saudi justice minister Muhammad al-Issa and asked him why the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an infamously anti-Semitic fabrication at the time of the Russian revolution, is included in the textbook on Hadiths (traditions of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed) where it continues to be taught as historical fact. The Saudi justice minister said that the Protocols is treated as part of Islamic culture because it is a book that has long been found in plentiful supply in Saudi Arabia (one of the relatively few non-Muslim books to be so), and was a book that his father had in his home.
Muslims in many countries have reported that over the past 20 to 30 years, local Islamic traditions have been transformed and radicalized under the growing influence of Saudi Salafist Islam, known as Wahhabism. The late president of Indonesia Abdurraham Wahid wrote that Wahhabism was making inroads even in his famously tolerant nation. Journalists have documented this spread — and the sometimes desperate local Muslim efforts to thwart it — in Somalia, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Algeria, the Balkans, and the U.K., among many other places.
Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department has not held Saudi Arabia to its 2006 pledge to reform Saudi textbooks within two years.
Examples from the Saudi textbooks, some of which are included in the publishers’ appeal, follow:
1. “The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers, and they cannot approve of Muslims.”
2. “The struggle of this [Muslim] nation with the Jews and Christians has endured, and it will continue as long as God wills.”
3. “Do not kill what God has forbidden killing such as the Muslim or the infidel between whom and the Muslims there is a covenant or under protection, unless for just cause such as unbelief after belief, just punishment or adultery.”
4. “The apostate has two punishments; worldly and in the hereafter. Punishment in this life: Death if he does not repent.”
5. “Major polytheism is a reason to fight those that practice it.”
6. “Fighting the Infidels and the Polytheists has certain conditions and controls, including: That they be invited to Islam and they refuse to enter it and refuse to pay Jizya [a special tax] That Muslims have the power and the capacity to combat, That this be with the permission of the guardian and under his banner, That there be no guarantee between them and the Muslims not to combat.”
7. “The punishment of homosexuality is death. . . . Ibn Qudamah said: “The companions (of the Prophet) agreed unanimously on killing. Some of the Companions argued that he (a homosexual) is to be burned with fire. It has been said that he should be stoned, or thrown from a high place. Other things have also been said.”
8. “In Islamic law, (jihad) has two uses: 1. specific usage: which means: Exerting effort in fighting unbelievers and tyrants.”
9. “In the general usage, Jihad is divided into the following categories: . . . Wrestling with the unbelievers by calling them (to the faith) and fighting them.”
10. “As was cited in Ibn Abbas, and was said: The Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”

8000 வருட புராதன சின்னங்கள் மொராக்கோவில் அழிப்பு

இஸ்லாமிய பயங்கரவாதிகள் 8000 வருடத்துக்கும் முந்திய புராதன சின்னங்களை அழித்திருக்கிறார்கள்.
ஏனென்றால், இஸ்லாமில்  உலகம் தோன்றி 7000 வருடம் தான் ஆகிறது என்று சொல்கிறதாம். அதனால் இஸ்லாமை பொய்ப்படுத்தும் சின்னங்களை அழிப்பதுதானே முக்கியம்?


RABAT — Stone carvings in Morocco's High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday.
"These stone carvings of the sun are more than 8,000 years old. They were destroyed several days ago," Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human Rights, told AFP.
"One of the carvings, called 'the plaque of the sun,' predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in Morocco," Anghir said.
"It lies in a well-known archaeological site in the Yakour plain south of Marrakesh, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Mount Toubkal."
"There are several Salafist groups active in the region and it's not the first time these pre-Islamic sites have been attacked. We have sent a message to the ministry of culture, but have not yet received a reply," he added.
Salafists, Muslims who adhere to a hardline Sunni interpretation of Islam similar to that practised in Saudi Arabia, which strictly prohibits "idolatry," have enjoyed a surge in strength in Arab Spring countries, benefiting from wider freedom.
Late on Monday, one of Tunisia's main Sufi mausoleums was burned down in an overnight arson attack, seemingly the latest in a spate of attacks on unorthodox Sufi shrines by the country's increasingly assertive Salafists.
In northern Mali, which is close to Morocco, radical Islamists have destroyed ancient World Heritage shrines they consider idolatrous since seizing control of the region earlier this year.

ஆப்கானிஸ்தானில் மருமகளின் தலையை வெட்டும் மாமியார்கள்

இவர்கள் ரொம்ப முன்னேறிய சமூகமாம்.
இது காட்டுமிராண்டித்தனம்.
இஸ்லாம் கிறிஸ்துவம் போன்ற காட்டுமிராண்டி மதங்களிடம் எச்சரிக்கையாக இருப்போம்.

Afghan Woman's Beheading Latest In Alarming Trend

Afghan women in Kabul protest against violence against women in the western region of Herat earlier this year.
By Frud BezhanShahpur Saber
HERAT, Afghanistan -- A disturbing spate of violent attacks against women has gripped western Afghanistan, where over a dozen women have been killed this year.

In the latest incident, an 18-year-old identified only as Najibullah was arrested on October 13 in connection with the gruesome torture and beheading two days earlier of a woman in the western city of Herat, near the border with Iran.

Mahgul, a 25-year-old newlywed, was found dead outside her home by her family, who then carried her mutilated body to the local Department for Women's Affairs to raise awareness of her killing.

Najibullah, who gave a confession in front of journalists and television cameras on October 15, said he was forced to carry out the act by his aunt, Mahgul's mother-in-law, Parigul. He said Parigul restrained Mahgul, while he took a sharp knife and beheaded her.

"My uncle's wife told me I should kill this person. I said I couldn't kill her. She told me, 'If you can't kill her, then help me do it.' She forced me and I helped her," Najibullah recalled.

"She took me inside her home and hid me. When [Mahgul's] husband left to go to the bakery, she told me to come out. She held her [Mahgul's] legs while I beheaded her," he continued. "I asked her [Parigul] why she wanted to behead Mahgul. She said, 'I hate her because she doesn't listen to me.'"

Herat's police chief, General Sayed Abdul Ghafar, said police had initially arrested Mahgul's mother-in-law, father-in-law, and husband, but later also arrested Najibullah after witnesses came forward to say they had seen him carrying a bloody knife as he left the crime scene on the night of the killing.

Ghafar, who said the four had yet to be formally charged, said the investigation concluded that the main motive for the crime was Mahgul's refusal to become a prostitute, a demand he said was made by her in-laws.

Mahgul's family, who expressed their shock at the brutal killing, rallied along with dozens of women's right activists outside a police station in Herat on October 15 to protest what they said were delays by the police in bringing charges over the crime.

In a statement released on October 17, Amnesty International strongly condemned the beheading. "The tragic fate of Mahgul is one more incident that highlights the violent atmosphere that women and girls face in Afghanistan and the region," said Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA executive director.

Plague Of Violence In Herat

Mahgul's murder comes after the body of a 30-year-old woman was found in Herat's Pamanare district at the beginning of October. The victim, who had had her nose, ears, and fingers removed, was taken to Herat regional hospital, where doctors said she was tortured before being killed.

Herat's district attorney office, who confirmed the authorities had yet to make any arrests in that case, said investigations were ongoing.

The two recent cases bring to around 20 the number of women slain this year, according to Herat's Department for Women's Affairs office, which added that family members were accused of involvement in most of the cases.

The slayings have worked to highlight the bleak situation for women in Afghanistan, where domestic abuse is routine, arranged marriages are the norm, and female suicide rates are among the highest in the world.

Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting, and employment since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001, but many are still routinely subjected to domestic violence and abuse.

Herat, in particular, has been grappling with high levels of violence against women, mostly because it is one of the largest and most populous provinces in Afghanistan. The director of the local Department of Women's Affairs in Herat, Jamshidi Mahbubeh, says her office has documented more than 700 cases involving violence against women in the past year.

The cases, she says, include those involving domestic violence and abuse, torture, murder, physical mutilation, and women who have committed suicide.

Seeking Justice For Women

Herat has the highest number of cases of self-immolation -- women who set fire to themselves -- in the country. Many try to commit suicide because they are subjected to domestic violence and abuse. Most cases involve young women burning themselves with household fuel or cooking oil. Nearly all suffer horrific scarring and in some cases the injuries result in death.

According to estimates by the Department of Women's Affairs, at least 80 women in Herat have died in the last year due to self-immolation.

Armand Halimzada, a human rights activist, says doctors, researchers, and activists have not come to any clear conclusions as to why there are so many self-immolation cases in Herat. There is, however, one prominent theory: "that this practice has roots in Iran and Afghan refugees returning from Iran have imported this culture."

Lailama Rahimi, a women's rights activist, has called on the authorities to do more to enforce a 2009 law on eliminating violence against women, which rights activists say is still only periodically enforced.

Rahimi says many women who have suffered from violence almost never receive justice. Even if their cases go to trial, she says, the majority result in the acquittal of the perpetrators, the dropping of charges to less serious crimes, convictions with shorter sentences, and female victims themselves being accused of "moral crimes" for making private matters public.

That failure, she says, is ensuring the culture of violence against Afghan women continues. "All the concerns we have today, we have had for a long time. The difficulties we [women] face are due to [Afghanistan's] tribal culture," she says. "This [failure by the authorities] is why we are seeing this violence against women continue."

பாகிஸ்தான் கராச்சியில் சர்ச் மீது முஸ்லீம்கள் தாக்குதல். பைபிள்கள் எரிப்பு

Religious intolerance: Second church attacked in Karachi in 10 days

In a rare move, a blasphemy case under section 295-A was registered by the police against the mob. PHOTO: FILE
A second church was attacked in Karachi on Thursday within a space of 10 days as armed men barged into its premises during a blackout, vandalised it and fled with alms offerings.
Since the beginning of the year, at least six churches in the city have been attacked, looted, fired upon or set ablaze. These churches are located in Christian slums surrounded by various ethnic communities.
The latest church to fall victim to the growing intolerance was the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church of Pakistan, situated in a congested lane of Karachi’s Essa Nagri locality.
On Thursday, armed men broke into the church during a power outage from a graveyard situated next to it, “The church was closed at that time. The men broke the windows, threw the Bibles on the floor and took away cash donations worth Rs40, 000,” said Rev Cornelius, the pastor of the church.
This comes barely 10 days after the St Francis Church was attacked in the Old Haji Camp area by violent protesters demonstrating against electricity load-shedding.
In a rare move, a blasphemy case under section 295-A was registered by the police against the mob.
Past attack on churches in Essa Nagri
Half of the targeted churches are situated in Essa Nagri – one of the largest Christian populated areas in the city. Bordered by ethnic groups and political activists, the locality, which is home to 30 churches, has witnessed a surge in criminal activities against minorities.
A resident and a prominent leader of the Christian community, Michael Javed, said that the community had recently built five walls to separate their area from other communities. “But the police tore down one of the walls to make a gateway for people to go to their mosques. And the church got looted the very next day,” Javed said, adding that their community was being victimised because political parties wanted to take over the area to form their constituencies.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, also located in Essa Nagri was attacked in May when armed men barged into the area seeking an illegal electricity connection from a pole just before the evening mass was about to commence. A church member, Aftab Bhatti, tried to stop the men but resistance resulted in firing by the opponents at the church.
“They desecrate churches on purpose knowing that it will hurt us most,” said Bhatti, who was shot in his leg. When the angered community went to the main road to protest against desecration of the church, they were treated with a shower of bullets by other community members, resulting in two more injuries.
During the same month, another church in Essa Nagri, St Luke’s Church, situated opposite the house of minority parliamentarian Saleem Khokhar, was attacked. “Churches are being attacked to prevent people from practising their religion freely. We all are Pakistanis and our house of worship should be given protection and security,” Khokhar said, while adding that he too believed that political activists are creating a ruckus in Christian areas to pressure them to join their respective political parties.
Earlier this year, a church was wrecked in Manghopir by a group of people praying in a mosque who were irked by schoolchildren singing hymns in the church.
A representative of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Abdul Hai, said that the Taliban mindset is involved in attacking minorities and their houses of worship in the city. “They are the same people who are killing Ahmadis on one hand, and attacking churches to terrorise minorities,” he said.
In most cases, minorities refuse to register FIRs fearing a reprisal, while the police try to play down the incident. Despite visiting the Essa Nagri’s Philadelphia Pentecostal Church of Pakistan, SHO Asif Munawar refused to comment on the matter, saying an investigation would be carried out when a case was registered.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.

விவாகரத்து பெற்ற முஸ்லீம் பெண் மீது முன்னாள் கணவன் ஆசிட் வீச்சு

பாகிஸ்தானில் முஸ்லீம் பெண்களுக்கு இருக்கும் உரிமைகள். தெரிந்துகொள்வோம். இந்த மதங்களை.

Woman suffers acid attack after divorce

Published: October 20, 2012
“They threw acid at her face and severely burnt her face and chest,” says a policeman PHOTO: FILE
In the second such attack in a week, a man threw acid on his former wife, leaving her face disfigured. 
This was the 34th reported case of acid throwing in the province and 84th nationwide this year, according to the Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF).
Rozina was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) on Thursday after her ex-husband Tahir Zaman and his mother allegedly threw acid on her face in retaliation for their recent divorce. Rozina was admitted to the burns unit in LRH.
“They threw acid at her face and severely burnt her face and chest,” said a policeman, talking to The Express Tribune. Both the accused escaped but an FIR has been registered against them and investigations are underway, he added.
Rozina was on her way to visit relatives with her sister when the incident occurred on Talab Road, Nothia, in the jurisdiction of Gulberg police.
Several months ago, Rozina had filed a petition in the family court wanting a divorce from Zaman. After a series of hearings, which also lasted for months, the court finally decided in Rozina’s favour. Tahir was very upset at the news of his divorce and conspired with his mother Jamlu Bibi to attack Rozina.
The victim’s family declined to comment on the matter and was busy in treating her.
According to a report by the Islamabad-based NGO ASF, 45% of acid attacks occurred over family disputes, while 17% were caused over rejecting marriage proposals this year. Last year, 150 people suffered acid attacks across Pakistan, with 30 cases reported in Mardan -the highest in any district.
ASF Pakistan’s Chairperson Valerie Khan Yousafzai told The Express Tribune that many cases go unreported due to security risks. It is imperative that the provincial government legislate on the issue to protect the victims.
A collective response
Qamar Naseem, the programme coordinator for End Violence Against Women/Girls Alliance, said that ASF and other donor agencies will hold a meeting in Islamabad over the increasing incidents of acid attacks. A plan has been prepared to support treatment, including surgeries, for the victims.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.