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Ex-Muslim on Run For His Life For Converting to Christianity

From the Gaza strip to neighboring Egypt, his father is promising to kill him for becoming a believer.

Mohammed Hijazi’s father always taught him to hate Christians. And yet Mohammed’s Christian neighbors in his home town in Egypt always treated him with love and kindness. The more he learned about Islam, the more he began to feel distant from the “god” of Islam. So he converted to Christianity.

He wanted to publicly profess his conversion on his Egyptian national ID card that, among other things, lists a person’s religion, but the judge denied him the ability to change his religion from Islam.

Mohammed and his then pregnant wife Christina began running from the law. Just over a month ago, she gave birth to baby Miriam in hiding. Christina’s family have all sworn to kill her because she married a non-Muslim against the family’s wishes.


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Muslim Tolerance Toward Christians



Sudanese Christian woman’s breast is chopped off by IslamoFascists for her refusal to convert to Islam.
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“PUNISH THEM.” ”HANG THEM.” “KILL THEM.” Frothing at the mouth Indonesian mob demands that converts to Christianity be hanged unless they revert to Islam.


In Malaysia, a Muslim convert to Christianity can be arrested. If radical Muslim rulers get their way, these ‘apostates’ will one day be sentenced to execution under Shari’a Law.

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Malaysia: Constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion "doesn't apply" to Muslims who want to leave Islam
Why? Muslims in Malaysia are subject to sharia law. None of those secular shenanigans apply. It is an instructive case for Western countries pondering or already embarking down the slippery slope of granting legal legitimacy to sharia rulings within their borders: Are constitutional liberties really preserved when an "alternative" system does not guarantee freedom of conscience and other freedoms unequivocally?

The question is valid even when sharia is not as officially compulsory as it is in Malaysia: Social and familial pressures are just as likely to make the idea of the "choice" of systems a farce and work against the people most in need of the legal protections of the non-sharia system.

"Clause doesn’t cover Muslims," from The Star, February 24:
FREEDOM of religion as stated in Article 11 (1) of the Federal Constitution does not cover Muslims who wish to convert at any time.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Muslims who wish to renounce the religion would need to obtain an order or declaration from the Syariah Court, which has the jurisdiction under state Enactments of Islam.
The case Lina Joy vs Federal Territory Religious Department would be the guide for anyone intending to renounce Islam, he said.
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“The judgment in the case states clearly that a Muslim cannot renounce the religion as he wishes. If such freedom is given to Muslims, this will affect the status of Islam as the official religion, as stated in the Federal Constitution,” he said.
Replying to Zulkifli Noordin (PKR – Kulim Bandar Baru), he said Phrase 4 of Article 11 prohibited non-Muslims from spreading other religions to Muslims.
At the moment, Nazri said there are 10 states in Malaysia that limit the spread of other religions to Muslims with state laws.
The states are Terengganu, Kelantan, Selangor, Perak, Malacca, Kedah, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Perlis.
Nazri said a Muslim can only renounce the religion once the Syariah Court gives the order whereby the National Registration Department would delete the word “Islam” from the identity card once relevant documents are shown.
He also said that the government has no intention to amend Article 11 (1) after the Federal Court decided on the Lina Joy case.
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SARGODHA, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Tuesday, February 24, over reports of new Muslim violence against Pakistani Christians, which included a murder, rape, and kidnappings of Christians in Pakistan's Punjab province and other areas, sometimes with support from authorities, local residents and rights investigators said.

In one of the latest incidents, Ashraf Masih, 30, was killed by his Muslim employees after asking for his wages, said advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC) with Website persecution.org. Christmas at St. Anthony's Church late Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006 in Lahore

The U.S. -based group cited the Catholic Church in Pakistan as saying that Masih was murdered in the village of Shajwal Chak 172 GB where he worked as a milk collector from farms and houses.

“Desperate to support his family, [after two months of work] Ashraf returned on February 1 and demanded his wages. This enraged the three Muslim men, who said, "You are Esai [a derogatory term for Christians] and you demanded your pay from Muslims, what courage you have. We will finish you right now. Then go to your Esa [Christ], He will give you everything." After killing Ashraf, the three men fled," ICC said.

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Elsewhere in the area, ICC said it had learned that six unidentified men on a robbing spree in a rural village in Pakistan last month entered a Christian home where they gang-raped a 14-year-old girl in front of her parents “to violate their faith.”

The January 10 attack, which news of which just emerged, happened after they returned to “Rafiq Masih's house and began mocking Rafiq and his wife for being Christians,”.ICC said. “Not satisfied with the damage they had already inflicted, the thieves then bound Rafiq and his wife and gang-raped Rafiq's teenage daughter Naomi right in front of them.”

They left Naomi unconscious and in critical condition and escaped with stolen items they had taken from them and several other Muslim and Christians households. The robbers were “physically assaulting residents, while taking cash, televisions, cell phones and other valuables,” ICC said.

The violence is part of a wider Islamic campaign against the spread of Christianity and minority Christians, many of whom live in impoverished areas of Pakistan, and who are often viewed by militants as observing a "Western" and "American religion" advocacy groups and officials have suggested. Just several days earlier, Muslim extremists attacked a Christian man with axes and clubs in Chak 28 SB village, part of the town of Sargodha, local Christians said. The bed ridden man, impoverished Rasheed Masih, was apparently attacked for owing a small amount of Pakistan rupees to a local Muslim shop keeper.

SERIOUS INJURIES

Doctors at a local told BosNewsLife Masih sustained brain injuries in the January 2 attack, and they could not predict "how long will it take him to regain consciousness." And days earlier, a Christian youth Sarfraz Masih said he was mistreated by five Muslim militants in the Punjab area of Head Maralla.

Sarfraz Masih, who was recovering from his injuries Tuesday, February 24, told told BosNewsLife that he was attacked after trying to prevent Muslims of entering the home where his sister was staying alone. “This act of mine provoked ire of the Muslim men and they retaliated after half an hour armed with bamboo clubs. I was eventually rescued but neighbors.

However they had already injured me and ransacked the house, saying they were searching for a pigeon,” he said. Police said they made one arrest but were still searching for the four other suspects. Protesting against the anti-Christian violence and the alleged police reluctance to act has proven difficult with reports that police have broken up several demonstrations.

DEMONSTRATORS SHOT

In one of the latest incident Pakistani police reportedly shot at demonstrators after officers allegedly robbed a Christian widow on February 9 in the city of Sargodha. “When the widow's Christian neighbors flooded the streets to protest, the police returned and fired on the crowd, sparking a three-hour standoff,” ICC said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The troubles began after Police Inspector Muhammad Afzal Lalli, a radical Muslim, was leading a drug bust in Sargodha and two suspects hid in the home of a Christian widow. The widow's son, Arif Masih, said that “none of us was at home, because a close relative of us had passed away and all of our family members had gone to their residence for mourning."

Police followed the suspects into the house, breaking open the door without a search warrant. "In our absence, Factory Area Police not only broke door locks of our residence, but they took my wife's gold jewelry and 20,000 Rupees cash [$283]," said Arif, an employee of the Pakistan Air Force.

In the same area, Family members of the Christian man, Akmal Masih, also known as "Teddy," told ICC that on January 2 a close aide of the radical Muslim police chief Muhammad Afzal Lalli came to their house and demanded a bribe of 20,000 Pakistani Rupees ($250).The man was “falsely accused bootlegging to pressure him to convert to Islam,” ICC said. Another man, Faraz Tariq, was held for 24 hours in police custody and “tortured” last month in Lahore for being an active Christian, before being released, his family told BosNewsLife. Police officials had no comment.

MANY KIDNAPPINGS

The reported attacks came amid reports of an increased number of kidnappings Christians in Punjab and other areas of Pakistan. On Tuesday, February 24, a father was still searching for his Christian daughter after she and her newborn son were reportedly kidnapped to force her to embrace Islam.

ICC cited Ghulab Masih as saying his daughter was kidnapped February 8 by her Muslim husband for refusing to convert to Islam and “could face torture and even death.” His daughter, Kiran Bibi married Muhammad Jawad Khan on the condition that they would both be free to live and worship according to their own religions.

“The couple began to fight after the birth of their son. Kiran wanted the boy to be baptized, given a Christian name, and raised to become a pastor. Khan, on the other hand, wanted his son to be raised as a Muslim.” Eventually, “Khan forgot his promise to respect her religion and began pressuring Kiran to convert to Islam.”

She fled to her father, but “on the night of February 8, Khan and three accomplices identified as Chand, Muhammad Elahi and Kalu, broke into Ghulab's house brandishing firearms and forcibly taking Kiran and her infant son to an unknown location,” ICC said.

BABY DISCOVERED

Yet, sometimes police discover the whereabouts of the hostages. Last month, Rawalpindi Police recovered a Christian baby girl, who was kidnapped December 31 for ransom and detained the abductors, City Police Officer Rao Muhammad Iqbal told BosNewsLife.

The girl's father Amjad Yousaf told BosNewsLife that his brother received a mobile phone call from the captors who demanded a ransom of half million Pakistani Rupees ($6,400) for her release. Police began tracking the call and soon discovered her in Jhanda Chichi, an outskirts of the city of Rawalpindi.

Others, including Christians, are held as slaves, according to the Bonded Labor Freedom Front Pakistan (BLFPP) by hard-line Muslims. It described how two men Muzaffar Masih and Shamsher Masih, both tied in chains, were recently recovered from the custody of landlords in Punjab province's Kaloki Village. Local authorities have reportedly been reluctant to take legal action against bonded labor, a widespread controversial practise in Pakistan.

To raise awareness of the plight of Christians, the Human Rights Society of Pakistan (HRSP) said it had decided to confer an award upon a well-known minority rights activist this month. It said it would give one of its Human Rights Awards for 2008 to the late M P Bhindara, who was a Christian national assembly member and staunch defender of minorities rights. He closely cooperated with the influential Pakistan Muslim League during his life.

Pakistan's government has come under increased pressure to improve protection of minority Christians in this predominantly Islamic nation.
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Pakistani Sunnis Open Fire on Shia Schoolbus Full of Kids



PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Gunmen on Friday ambushed a minibus carrying children to school in remote northwest Pakistan, killing the driver, wounding two children and apparently kidnapping six others, police said.

The bus was ambushed outside the town of Hangu in the country's troubled North West Frontier Province, which borders Afghanistan and is plagued by sectarian violence as well as Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

"Unknown gunmen fired at the school van carrying Shiite students. The driver was killed, two children were injured, while six appear to have been kidnapped by the attackers," local police station chief Saeed Khan told AFP.

"Police are searching for the attackers in the nearby mountains," he added, saying he had no further details about the missing students.

Hangu, which has been a flashpoint for sectarian violence in the past, is located about 175 kilometres (110 miles) west of the capital Islamabad.

Shiite and Sunni Muslim groups signed a peace accord in Hangu last month after days of sectarian clashes in which at least nine people were killed.

Shiites account for about 20 percent of Pakistan's 160-million-strong, Sunni-majority population.

The groups usually coexist peacefully but outbreaks of sectarian violence have claimed more than 4,000 lives across Pakistan since the late 1980s.
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Pakistan: Charges filed against men who kidnapped Christian sisters, but police ignore arrest order



Police ignore arrest order, but lawyers hopeful 13-year-old can be returned to parents.

ISTANBUL, February 26 (Compass Direct News) – After months of legal deadlock, lawyers in Pakistan said they have new hope they can restore to her family a 13-year-old Christian girl who was kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim.

Saba Masih might be returned to her family, the lawyers said, if they can legally maneuver around Pakistani policemen who have stonewalled their attempts to pursue a kidnapping case against the captors. On Saturday (Feb. 21) a Pakistani judge charged the suspects with kidnapping for the first time in the seven-month legal ordeal.

“The judiciary is one thing, the police are another,” said Arfan Goshe, a lawyer who has taken on the custody case. “I will prove [the three accused men] kidnapped Saba so the judiciary will force the police to arrest them.”

On Saturday (Feb. 21), Judge Mohammed Ilyas issued a First Instance Report (FIR) at a subordinate court in the Punjabi village of Chawk Munda against Amjad Ali, Muhammad Ashraf and Muhammed Arif Bajwa on charges of kidnapping, trespassing, and threatening the Masih family.

Attorney Goshe, a Muslim, said the three kidnappers trespassed onto the property of Yunus Masih, the father of Saba, and threatened to kill his family and burn down his house in late December.

The decision to file kidnapping charges marks a major shift of momentum in the case. In previous hearings judges have nearly always sided with the kidnappers – based on either dubious evidence or threats from local Islamists – in the Muslims’ legal battle to retain custody of Saba and her 10-year-old sister Aneela. A court ruled the younger daughter could return to her family last September.

The two girls were kidnapped in June 2008 while traveling to visit their uncle in Sarwar Shaheed, northwest of Multan. Saba was married to Ali the next day. Bajwa and Ali registered a case with police on June 28 for custody of the girls based on their alleged conversion to Islam. The court granted them custody in July.

At nearly all the hearings, Muslim groups protested outside the courtroom against lawyers attempting to return Saba to her Christian parents. A traditional interpretation of Islamic law (sharia) does not allow non-Muslim parents to have custody of Muslim children.

In spite of the judge’s decision to begin procedures for kidnapping charges, Chawk Munda police have not followed through with the FIR by arresting the three Muslims. Today the judge contacted the local police station and ordered officers to register the kidnapping case against the three men, Goshe told Compass. He said he hopes police will file the FIR within the next few days.

“The police are favoring the accused party at this time,” he said. “Everybody knows [Saba] was abducted, and that the culprits are trying to threaten minorities everywhere.”

But others are less optimistic the kidnappers will be arrested. Khalid Raheel, Saba’s uncle, said he believes he may have to bribe the police. They would likely demand around 20,000 Pakistani rupees (US$250), he said.

Uncooperative police had also blocked the legal team’s efforts to register charges before Saturday’s ruling. As a result, the Christian family’s lawyers filed a private complaint to the subordinate court of Chawk Munda, sidestepping the need for a police investigation to file charges that would be necessary at a normal criminal court.

Goshe said the court is finally complying after months of deadlock because the multiple charges against the kidnappers cannot be ignored. Previous court hearings focused on Saba’s alleged conversion to Islam to mitigate the charges of her kidnapping, but the judiciary could not ignore the three suspects’ subsequent crimes of trespassing and attempting to burn down the Masihs’ house, he said.

In January, lawyer Akbar Durrani of the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) filed an appeal to register kidnapping charges against Ali, the husband of Saba. Durrani had tried to register these charges in December, but Judge Malik Saeed Ijaz refused the case since it was built upon the testimony of Saba’s sister Aneela, whose status as a minor invalidated her testimony.

Instead, the judge ordered Ali to pay a dowry of 100,000 rupees (US$1,255) and allow her parents to visit, both required by Pakistani marriage protocol. Saba, however, relinquished her dowry, a prerogative provided by sharia. Her family suspects that she made this decision under threat.

Struggling Family
Attempts by Saba’s family to contact and visit her have been thwarted by Ali’s Muslim family members, despite a court order for visitation rights.
“We have heard nothing from Saba,” said Raheel, her uncle. “Once we tried to visit her, and [Ali’s family] ran after us and tried to shoot us. But the judges did not do anything.”

The seven months of legal battling have taken their toll on Saba’s family. Her parents have eight children but have been unable to send their sons to school due to the ongoing costs of the case, even though CLAAS has undertaken it pro bono.

The girls’ uncle has been trying to maintain the family’s quality of life as they struggle to get Saba back and their legal options dwindle.
“This year I will try my best to help them and send them to a school,” said Raheel.

Aneela continues to adjust to life back with her family, away from captivity. She is preparing to resume her schooling.

Common Crime
Kidnapping and rape victims in Pakistan are often Christians, since the influence of sharia on the country’s judicial system means they can be unofficially treated as second-class citizens.

Last month Muslims allegedly abducted and raped another 13-year-old Christian girl. CLAAS reported that two men kidnapped Ambreen Masih in the industrial city of Sheikupura, located northwest of Lahore. Her attackers threatened to her keep silent, and she was abducted a second time this month before her parents discovered the crime, according to a CLAAS report.

The family filed rape charges against the two kidnappers in Sheikupura, but policeman have not yet taken legal action, according to CLAAS.
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After a group of Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East, young converts from Kashmir join in the prayers for the pope launched by AsiaNews for this Lent. The three converts are offering their suffering and marginalization, together with the sacrifice of their father Bashir, murdered by Muslim extremists because he had converted to Christianity. There is also participation from Italy, where the humiliations suffered by John Paul II are also being remembered.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Some young former Muslims who converted to Catholicism are joining in the prayers for the Pope this Lent. Shabnam (21), Saira (17), and Adil (16), together with their mother Ameena, who still lives in Kashmir, want Benedict XVI to know that they are praying for him and offering their sufferings and humiliations for his mission. "We pray that he may be strong," Shabnam he says, "and may continue to be the beacon of truth and love for the whole world."

The three young people and their mother are participating in the proposal made by AsiaNews yesterday, that during Lent Christians should pray for the pontiff, who is at the center of a media "war" against his ministry. The proposal originated from a suggestion sent to AsiaNews by a group of several hundred former Muslims in North Africa and the Middle East, who have launched prayer novenas for the pope, whom they see as a "sign of Jesus' love and a defender of the weak."

Adil, the youngest son, who this year will take his final year school exams, sees a profound unity between the sufferings and humiliations of converts from Islam, and the humiliations suffered by the pope: "I was baptized when I was very young, and it has always been very difficult: criticism, sarcasm, threats, discrimination, and social ostracism have caused us great suffering. But every suffering teaches us something, and our faith is strengthened, we rely on Christ and it is he who guides us in difficult times.

"Holy and beloved Father, never lose sight of your mission, do not forget the reason why God chose you, guide the generations to truth, and may God always be with you."

Bashir Ahmad Tantray, the father of Shabnam, Saira, and Adil, was killed by Islamic militants in November of 2006, in broad daylight. He had converted to Christianity in 1995, and had fled from his village after being threatened by Islamic extremist groups. Years later, he had gone back there to care for his dying father, and was killed.

Bashir was an engineer for the J&K Power Development Dept, and regional coordinator of the Global Council of Indian Christians in Kashmir. "Ever since the death of our father," Shabnam recounts, "it has been horrible. Few can understand our suffering and sense of abandonment. We fled to Mumbai, but our mother is still in Kashmir. We see her only during vacations. For her, every day is a constant struggle and a constant suffering."

Among the expressions of support for the proposal to pray for Benedict XVI sent to AsiaNews is one from an Italian woman, Paola.

"I join the initiative without reservation," Paola writes, "I will pray for the pope, as I have always done since 1978."

And she recalls that John Paul II was also frequently attacked (and still is today, even after his death): "In order to proclaim to humanity that it is only in Christ that man rediscovers himself, in order to seek unity among Christians, Pope Wojtyla did not hesitate, even at the last limits of his strength, to confront exhausting journeys, almost impossible encounters, even criticisms on the part of those who were close to him. Did we ever ask ourselves how much pain he felt in the face of the accusations from Küng, or from the Lefebvrists? And what can be said about the radical attacks and his isolation amid his countless appeals against war, against abortion, against the dangers of a humanity without God?"

"Yes," she concludes, "I will pray for Pope Benedict XVI; even more than this, I will entrust him the intercession of his 'little-great predecessor', but I also urge more fervent prayers that the appeal of 'Santo subito' [the immediate canonization of John Paul II] may come to fruition."
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Bulgaria: Forced conversions to Islam

And aggressive Islamization, "no compulsion in religion" (Qur'an 2:256) notwithstanding. "Bulgaria MP Yanev: Numerous Southern Villages Are Converted to Islam by Force," from Novinite (Sofia News Agency), March 3





Girls from the village of Ribnovo, in Saudi Arabian attire, are pictured after taking a class on radical Islam. Photo by BGNES
Despite Bulgaria's European Union membership, some regions of the country need a second liberation from Ottoman yoke, the Bulgarian Member of the Parliament (MP), Yane Yanev, stated, cited by the Bulgarian news agency, BGNES. Yanev, who is the leader of the opposition "Order, Law, Justice" Party (RZS) spoke Monday in Blagoevgrad as reported by the local BGNES correspondent.

The leaders of RZS visited Monday several villages in Southern Bulgaria to meet with alarmed teachers and parents, who have presented concrete evidence of the imposed conversion to fundamentalist Islam in the region.

The example of the village of Ribnovo, in the Gurmen municipality, has been presented as the most striking one. In Ribnovo, the school principal, Feim Issa, had imposed full dictatorship on the teaching staff, forcing them to wear traditional Muslim clothes, and encouraging female student to the same. Issa has been illegally appointed as principal with help of the local mosque's leaders and is actively supporting the religion teacher at the school, Murat Boshnak. Boshnak is, reportedly, an individual with suspicious past and unclear educational background. He is not holding even a Bulgarian high school diploma, but has graduated from a religious school in Skopje, Macedonia. Ribnovo residents allege that Boshnak has specialized in Saudi Arabia and is forcefully making parents to sign requests for their children to study the Islam. He is also demanding that children address him as "aga' instead of "gospodin" (Mister), had prohibited girls from attending the last prom in civil attire and issued a ban on celebrations. Boshnak later organized a trip to Turkey with funds from an Arab foundation. Only one girl had attended the prom. Parents, who refuse to follow the fundamentalist rules, are being cursed during services in the local mosque.

Yanev had established similar examples in the village of Satovcha, where the school principal regularly attended classes in radical Islamism in an illegal local fundamentalist school. The principal was currently on maternity leave and, in order to keep the school under control, had appointed her own husband to replace her.

The residents of the villages visited by Yanev are not Turks; they are all Bulgarian-Muslims, speaking only Bulgarian language.

The RZS leader stated he was appalled by the extreme violations of the rights and freedoms of Bulgarian citizens, embedded in the Constitution. RZS distributed to the media video postcards, showing how radical Islam is quickly taking roots in the country, under the courteous watch of the ruling tri-party Coalition.

Yanev and his colleague Dimitar Abadzhiev vowed to signal the State Agency for National Security (DANS) about the citizens' rights violations in the region, which, they say, are sabotaging European values and leading the way of Islam in Europe.
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Muslims attack Christian community in Punjab

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One woman has been killed, and 28 people have been injured at the Presbyterian church in Songo. Violence is on the rise in the Swat Valley and in the northern regions. Thousands of people are fleeing after the introduction of sharia, including many teachers and entire families. In Takhtbhai, in the district of Mardan, there have been bomb attacks on 16 music stores.


Peshawar (AsiaNews/Agencies) - One woman has died and 28 people have been injured in an attack on the Presbyterian Christian community in the village of Songo, in the district of Gujranwala, province of Punjab. The attack took place on the evening of March 2: at 8 p.m., a group of Muslim inhabitants opened fire on the faithful who had gathered in the church for prayer. The woman, named Shakeela, died on the spot, while other members of the faithful suffered injuries of various kinds while they were seeking to flee from the bullets or to protect the pastor. The attackers broke the windows of the church, destroyed the Bibles and the other prayer books, and removed the cross from the roof of the building.

The victims of the attacks say that this was a premeditated action, and recount that in the previous weeks they had received a number of threats from the attackers. The authors of the attack have been identified, and a report against them has been filed at the local police station. The Pakistan Christian Post says that for now, the security forces have turned down the request for investigations on the attackers. For this reason, the burial of the woman's body has been delayed, to permit an autopsy in evidence of the attack.

The attack in Songo is added to a long list of violent events that are now being seen more or less everywhere in Punjab and in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). The attacks are carried out by the Taliban, but also by ordinary people, and they are not coming to an end in the Swat Valley, where a fragile ceasefire has been attained by the government, thanks to the concession of introducing sharia in that district and in the district of Malakand.

During the night of March 5, the Taliban blew up 16 CD and DVD stores in Takhtbhai, in the district of Mardan northeast of Peshawar, the capital of the NWFP. It is one of the many places in the province that in recent months have come under the grip of the Taliban. In February, it was the theater of attacks against girls' schools, carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, and in spite of the fact that the agreement between the Taliban and the government provides for the reopening of schools to girls, many are afraid of fresh violence.

Since the beginning of the year, people have been abandoning the Swat Valley by the thousands. These include many families and a number of teachers, who have formally stated that they are going on vacation. One mother who left the district recounts: "All the best teachers from my children's schools have left. I do not think they will go back. According to my relatives there, many children have gone back to school, but there are now too few teachers."

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Man Challenges 'Conversion' of Infant Daughter to Islam



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - An ethnic Chinese man is challenging the conversion of his baby daughter to Islam by his estranged wife, a lawyer said Thursday, the latest interreligious dispute to rock mainly Muslim Malaysia.

Hoo Ying Soon, a 28-year-old carpenter, was shocked when he received a notice two days ago from the Islamic Shariah court granting temporary custody of their 15-month-old daughter to his wife, said his lawyer Tang Jay Son.

He was told that his wife, Chew Yin Yin, 23, embraced Islam on Jan. 28 while his daughter was converted on Feb. 3, Tang said.

The couple, both Buddhists, wedded February 2007 in southern Negeri Sembilan state but their marriage broke down in September, he said.
"Hoo will challenge the conversion of his daughter in the High Court because it was done unilaterally by the mother without the consent of the father. They are not divorced yet," Tang told The Associated Press.

Religious issues are extremely sensitive in Malaysia, where about 60 percent of the 27 million people are Muslims. Buddhist, Christian and Hindu minorities have accepted Islam's dominance but in recent years voiced fears that courts are unfairly asserting the supremacy of Islam, which is Malaysia's official religion.

Malaysia has a dual court system. Muslims are governed by the Islamic Shariah courts and non-Muslims, civil courts. But interreligious disputes almost always end up in Shariah courts, and end in favor of Muslims.

Tang said Hoo's wife, who has adopted the name Siti Zubaidah Chew Abdullah, has filed for divorce in the Islamic court with a hearing due later Thursday.

Hoo will seek an injunction in the Shariah court to prevent his wife from taking custody of their child, he said.

He has filed a suit in the High Court to question his daughter's conversion and to seek guardianship over their child, and wants the Islamic court to wait for the civil court's decision, he said. The high court has set March 10 for hearing.

"He has no problems with his wife converting to Islam but he feels it is unfair to convert their daughter," Tang said.

Hoo also is concerned that their child, Hoo Joey, has been renamed Nurul Syuhada Chew Abdullah, which doesn't carry his surname, he added.

In a high profile case in 2007, an ethnic Hindu woman failed to persuade the civil court to ban her husband, who had embraced Islam, from converting their sons.
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Muslims attack Christian community in Punjab

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One woman has been killed, and 28 people have been injured at the Presbyterian church in Songo. Violence is on the rise in the Swat Valley and in the northern regions. Thousands of people are fleeing after the introduction of sharia, including many teachers and entire families. In Takhtbhai, in the district of Mardan, there have been bomb attacks on 16 music stores.


Peshawar (AsiaNews/Agencies) - One woman has died and 28 people have been injured in an attack on the Presbyterian Christian community in the village of Songo, in the district of Gujranwala, province of Punjab. The attack took place on the evening of March 2: at 8 p.m., a group of Muslim inhabitants opened fire on the faithful who had gathered in the church for prayer. The woman, named Shakeela, died on the spot, while other members of the faithful suffered injuries of various kinds while they were seeking to flee from the bullets or to protect the pastor. The attackers broke the windows of the church, destroyed the Bibles and the other prayer books, and removed the cross from the roof of the building.

The victims of the attacks say that this was a premeditated action, and recount that in the previous weeks they had received a number of threats from the attackers. The authors of the attack have been identified, and a report against them has been filed at the local police station.The Pakistan Christian Post says that for now, the security forces have turned down the request for investigations on the attackers. For this reason, the burial of the woman's body has been delayed, to permit an autopsy in evidence of the attack.

The attack in Songo is added to a long list of violent events that are now being seen more or less everywhere in Punjab and in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). The attacks are carried out by the Taliban, but also by ordinary people, and they are not coming to an end in the Swat Valley, where a fragile ceasefire has been attained by the government, thanks to the concession of introducing sharia in that district and in the district of Malakand.

During the night of March 5, the Taliban blew up 16 CD and DVD stores in Takhtbhai, in the district of Mardan northeast of Peshawar, the capital of the NWFP. It is one of the many places in the province that in recent months have come under the grip of the Taliban. In February, it was the theater of attacks against girls' schools, carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, and in spite of the fact that the agreement between the Taliban and the government provides for the reopening of schools to girls, many are afraid of fresh violence.

Since the beginning of the year, people have been abandoning the Swat Valley by the thousands. These include many families and a number of teachers, who have formally stated that they are going on vacation. One mother who left the district recounts: "All the best teachers from my children's schools have left. I do not think they will go back. According to my relatives there, many children have gone back to school, but there are now too few teachers."

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Exclamation "Kenya - Church struggling after Islamists destroy building"

"Kenya - Church struggling after Islamists destroy building"

After "youths" from said community burnt the church down. Authorities' conduct toward this congregation and the restrictions on churches in general in this Muslim-majority area recall the stipulations of the Pact of Umar, a precedent-setting document which, according to Ibn Kathir, governed the treatment of Christians in Syria under the Muslim caliph Umar. In particular:

"We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood, new monasteries, Churches, convents, or monks' cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims."

"We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it."
"We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims. We shall use only clappers in our churches very softly. We shall not raise our voices when following our dead. We shall not show lights on any of the roads of the Muslims or in their markets. We shall not bury our dead near the Muslims."

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from Compass Direct News, March 5:
GARISSA, Kenya, March 5 (Compass Direct News) – Six months after a gang of Muslim youths ruined a church building in this town in northern Kenya, Christians still worshipping in the sweltering heat of the open air say they feel disillusioned that officials have done nothing to punish the culprits or restore their structure.
On a sunny afternoon last Sept. 14, when angry Muslim youths threw more than 400 members of the Redeemed Gospel Church out of their church building, the Christians hoped they would be able to return to the ruins of their former structure. That hope is quickly giving way to anger, hopelessness and despair.
“After six months in the open, the church feels tired and cheated,” said pastor David Matolo. “We are fed up with the empty promises from the government administration.”
He said the church, which began worshipping in Garissa in early 2001 with only a dozen members, is fast shrinking.
“Our church membership has decreased, which is of great concern to me,” he told Compass. “The church thinks that the government has decided to buy time – almost every month I do book appointments with the relevant authorities, who on several occasions have given us a deaf ear.”
Since the attack, church members have been meeting at the town show grounds. Just a few miles from the Somali border, the site has few trees to protect the congregation from the scorching sun, with temperatures ranging from 92 to 104 degrees F (30 to 40 degrees C).
Asked why he thought government officials were reluctant to grant the church a permanent place of worship as promised, an irritated Matolo did not hesitate to reply.
“The administration has decided, ‘kutesa [inflict pain on us],’ always making promises that never come to pass,” he said. “At times the provincial commissioner deliberately decides not to take my phone calls. I have had a painful experience.”
Matolo said he has asked the administration either to allow the church to build a new structure on land lying idle near a police training college or to let them return to their original site. “We are ready for any eventuality,” he said. “We feel that the administration is not concerned about our spiritual welfare.”
Asked about the pastor’s complaints, provincial police officer Stephen Chelimo told Compass, “The issue at the moment is not within my docket, but wholly rests upon the provincial commissioner.”
But Provincial Commissioner Stephen Maingi said the onus rested on the district commissioner. “Let the district commissioner sort this issue with the pastor,” Maingi said.
District Commissioner Onyango Ogango, in turn, indicated the church itself was the source of problems.
“If the church is allowed to return to their original site, we will expect a fight to erupt with the Muslims,” Ogango said. “Earlier on, the church began very well during its initial stage of inception with controlled worship, but later it turned out to hold noisy prayers and loud songs.”...
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Thailand: Jihadists shoot 2 Buddhists, burn their bodies, and leave note claiming "revenge on state officials"
PATTANI, Thailand, March 7 (Reuters) - Suspected separatist militants shot dead two Buddhists and set their bodies ablaze on Saturday in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, a police officer said.
The two men, brothers aged 40 and 36, were killed as they rode a motorcycle in Pattani province, one of the three southern provinces caught up in a separatist insurgency in which more than 3,000 people have been killed since 2003.
"The victims were shot by an AKA rifle, and the insurgents left a note saying 'This is a revenge on state officials'," the police officer told Reuters.
One of the victims was an assistant village headman, the officer said, adding the identity of the assailants was not known.
Pattani and the neighbouring provinces of Narathiwat and Yala, abutting Malaysia, were a Muslim sultanate until annexed a century ago by predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Around 80 percent of people there are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect.
The violence has ranged from drive-by shootings to bombings and beheadings and often targets Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers.
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Exclamation Rumors of Muslim girl involved with Christian boy erupt into violence and death

Egypt: Rumors of Muslim girl involved with Christian boy erupt into violence and death

This report, as is to be expected, describes the violence, which left the boy's father dead, as a "sectarian clash" between Muslims and Christians. However, since the town consists of 25,000 people, and only 3,000 of these are Copts, one can be sure that the violence was initiated and sustained by one "sect" -- the Muslims, the majority. And all because of a "rumor" that Muslim property (the girl) was being encroached upon by a Christian infidel.

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An Egyptian town has been placed under curfew after a man was killed and several wounded in inter-religious clashes.

Clashes in Dama’s, in northern Egypt, began after rumors spread that a Muslim girl from the area was involved romantically with a Copt boy.

According to a report in the London-based Al-Quds Al-‘Arabi, the boy’s father was killed in the clashes, several others were wounded and the police arrested a number of the people involved in the brawl.

Egyptian authorities imposed a curfew on Dama’s, home to some 25,000 people, in order to calm matters down. More than 1,000 soldiers have been deployed there to maintain security.


The religious tension comes at an unfortunate time for Cairo, as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is heading for Washington in the coming weeks and will not want these incidents to draw attention to Cairo’s treatment of religious minorities.

Sectarian tensions are a recurring theme in Egypt. Human-rights organizations accuse Mubarak’s government of discriminating against Copts, who constitute around 10 percent of the country's 80 million inhabitants, constituting the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

Christian authorities in Egypt accused the government of double standards in handling the recent clashes, and of laxness in defending the 3,000 Copts living in the town.

Rights groups say the Copts in Egypt face discrimination and harassment from the Egyptian authorities. They complain of fewer rights than Muslims, and say they are refused positions of authority in some sectors of the government, the military and the academia.
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Tract left on slain brothers' bodies tells govt hands off local Muslims


The victims were identified as Hirun Sudmas, 36, an assistant village head and local defence volunteer, and his brother Arun Sudmas, 40, who worked as a janitor at a local school.

They were scheduled to take an exam at the provincial university in the morning.

A five-page leaflet was found at the scene of the killing, warning government officials not to "hurt" the local Muslim population.

Meanwhile, a local academic said statistics showed insurgency-related incidents in the Muslim-majority region were on the rise, with the brutality only getting worse.

Assoc Prof Srisompob, director of Prince of Songkhla University's Deep South Watch Centre, said the insurgency had become worse since January, in terms of both the frequency and the violence of incidents.

He said the attacks were having a psychological impact on residents, many of whom had no hope that the authorities would restore peace in the deep South and were too scared to cooperate with officials.
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Exclamation Jewish Holy Texts Desecrated by Opportunistic Muslims

Jewish Holy Texts Desecrated by Opportunistic Muslims



(IsraelNN.com) Muslims in the city of Hevron were allowed to access the entire Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat HaMachpelah) this week in honor of the birthday of Mohammed, whom Muslims revere as a prophet. Worshipers took advantage of the opportunity to desecrate Jewish holy texts, including prayer books and books of Psalms.

The damage was discovered on Monday when Jews were allowed to return to the prayer halls usually set aside for Jewish use. The desecration caused upset and anger among the returning Jewish worshipers.

Jewish community spokesman David Wilder said such damage is unfortunately common. Jews have often returned after Muslims made use of the entire holy place to discover ruined holy books, damaged mezuzah cases and other destruction, he said. Jews try to remove all holy objects from the sanctuary before turning it over to Muslim use, he explained, but books are occasionally accidentally left behind.

The damage is not accidental, however, Wilder clarified. “They know exactly what it is that they are doing,” he said of those who destroy the holy texts.

The IDF is aware of such incidents, he added, as video cameras in the building allow them to see what takes place in the prayer halls. “It's very unfortunate that more care isn't taken to prevent these things from happening,” he said.

Hevron's Jews are now calling on the IDF to refuse the next request for Muslim access to the Jewish prayer halls. If the desecration is not met with punishment, such acts will continue, they say.
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Exclamation Egypt: Muslims burn Christian man alive, stab his father to death

Egypt: Muslims burn Christian man alive, stab his father to death

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When this story was first reported, the media described it the way it always describes Coptic persecution at the hands of Muslims -- as a "sectarian-clash." As this more revealing report makes clear, however, it was anything but a "sectarian-clash" (which suggests Christians and Muslims, in more or less equal numbers, fighting and rioting). Instead, a Muslim set a Christian on fire, and then other Muslims attacked his father, stabbing him to death -- this in a village where Christians make up maybe 3-4% of the total population. Keep this in mind the next time you hear about "sectarian clashes" occurring where Muslims predominate and non-Muslims live as minorities. More on this story can be read at the Voice of the Copts.

"Egyptian Christian Burned Alive; Father Murdered Also," by Ethan Cole for the Christian Post, March 10:

A young Christian man was suddenly set on fire by a Muslim man in Egypt after a rumor circulated that the Christian man had a relationship with the Muslim man's sister.

Yasser Ahmed Qasim approached 25-year-old Sabri Shihata and poured gasoline on the Coptic Christian and then set him on fire, reported the Voice of the Copts on Friday. The young Copt tried to put out the fire by throwing himself into a nearby canal, but the burns were too severe and he later died.

His 60-year-old father, Sabri Shihata, later arrived at a village rally where a group of Muslims stabbed him to death. One stab reportedly entered his back and came out of his abdomen below the rib cage, according to Voice of the Copts. The elder Shihata was taken to the hospital but nevertheless died from the attacks.

The Muslim group also attacked the Coptic man’s younger brother, 22-year-old Rami Sabri Shihata, causing a deep injury to his head.

Local police have arrested those involved in the attack, including Yasser Ahmed Kassem, as well as victim Sabri Shihata, who is being held in custody at Dmas Hospital, located in the northern province of Qalubiya, north of Cairo. The perpetrators are charged with deliberate homicide.
Security forces have also surrounded the victims’ house and extra security has been deployed throughout the village of 60,000 people.

A media blackout has been put in place as the prosecution and the State Security Services continue investigation.

In Egypt recently, sectarian violence has been on the rise as Christian-Muslim relations have been strained by conversions to Christianity and government opposition to recognizing the conversions.

Furthermore, changes in living arrangements have also contributed to increased tension between the two groups. Previously, Christians and Muslims used to live peacefully in mixed communities, but recently the two groups have tended to live separately only among their own religious communities and there have been less interaction between the two groups.

Egypt has the largest Christian population in the Middle East with an estimated 10 million Copts in Egypt, making up about 10 percent of the country’s population.
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