Ex-Muslims in Egypt Blocked from Declaring Conversion

Court to review constitutionality of law allowing citizens to change religion.

By Peter Lamprecht

ISTANBUL, March 26 (Compass Direct News) – Christian-born converts to Islam in Egypt wishing to return to their former faith have found their way blocked by an appeal before the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court.

Judge Muhammad Husseini asked Egypt’s top judicial body on March 4 to review the constitutionality of a law granting citizens the right to change religions.

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Beat up infidel tourists, says radical cleric

By Natasha Robinson

ISLAMIC cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has returned to his hardline rhetoric with a call for followers to beat up Western tourists and for young Muslims to die as martyrs.

In the sermon, organised by an Islamic youth organisation and delivered a few kilometres from the home village of convicted Bali bombers Amrozi and Mukhlas, Bashir likened tourists in Bali to "worms, snakes, maggots", and specifically referred to the immorality of Australian infidels.

Pope converts outspoken Muslim who condemned ‘religion of hate’



Magdi Allam, who converted to Catholicism from Islam, is baptised by Pope Benedict XV


(Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty)

The Pope has risked a renewed rift with the Islamic world by baptising a Muslim journalist who describes Islam as intrinsically violent and characterised by “hate and intolerance”.

Pope baptizes famous Muslim convert, Egyptian Journalist Magdy Allam

Pope Benedict XVI baptises journalist Allam as he celebrates a Easter Vigil mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (Reuters)

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters)  - Pope Benedict led the world's Catholics into Easter on Saturday at a Vatican service where he baptized a Muslim-born convert who is one of Italy's most famous and controversial journalists.

Saudi Arabia: No churches unless prophet Mohammed recognised, says expert


Riyadh (AKI) 

No churches should be permitted in Saudi Arabia, unless Pope Benedict XVI recognised the prophet Mohammed, according to a Middle East expert.

Sleepy Cornish village kept awake by 700-strong party of Muslims broadcasting 5am call to prayer by loudspeaker

Daily Mail 

It is just a few days until Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar. But for 700 Muslims who have gathered in a rural caravan park, this week has a different religious significance.

Sharia phone marriage of autistic man 'invalid'


Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise a Muslim marriage that took place "over the telephone", even though the union is valid according to sharia law.

They said the union, between a 26-year-old autistic British man, identified only as IC, and a woman in Bangladesh was "potentially highly injurious".

Iran: Parliament to discuss death penalty for converts who leave Islam


Tehran, 19 March (AKI) - In its first session since last week's general elections, the new Iranian parliament is expected to discuss a law that will condemn to death anyone who decides to leave the Muslim faith and convert to other religions.

Egyptian president warns against continued insults to Islam's Prophet

Herald Tribune

CAIRO, Egypt: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Tuesday that continued insults to the Prophet Mohammed will just make the situation worse for everyone, while at the same time criticizing the extremists using these insults to justify their actions.

In Oxford, Muslim call to prayer sounds strained note

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OXFORD, England (AFP) — Famous for its university and quintessentially English "dreaming spires," the city of Oxford has been plunged into controversy over the sound of Muslim call to prayer from a local mosque.

Those church spires have been joined by a minaret, with a loudspeaker on top which has triggered protests from locals concerned about the influx of a foreign culture.

UK: Female Muslim doctors 'must remove veil'


Female Muslim doctors must be prepared to remove their veil to treat patients effectively, under new guidelines issued yesterday.

Religious clothing must not present a barrier to building trust and communicating with patients, the General Medical Council said.



Ten years for 'religious' rapist

 BBC News

For nearly 18 months Khalisadar denied rape, before pleading guilty BBC News 

An east London Muslim, who was well known for giving religious talks, has been jailed for 10 years for rape.

Abdul Makim Khalisadar pleaded guilty to raping a 27-year-old woman after forcing his way into her home in 2005.


Top Saudi cleric calls for writers' deaths

Reuters - Saudi Arabia's most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their "heretical articles" and put to death if they do not repent.

Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak was responding to recent articles in al-Riyadh newspaper that questioned the Sunni Muslim view in Saudi Arabia that adherents of other faiths should be considered unbelievers.

Ends "sinful" life to join Mujahideen brothers
Retired Kuwaiti pop star joins al-Qaeda

 DUBAI (AlArabiya.net)

A retired Kuwaiti superstar singer has recently left the Gulf emirate for Afghanistan to join ranks with al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in fighting foreign troops there, according to a press report published Saturday.

 Egypt Detains Christian Bookshop Worker

 The bookshop was raided over the weekend and a worker detained. Via Advocates For The Persecuted

 By BosNewsLife 

CAIRO EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- A Christian bookshop employee in Egypt faced possible police interrogation Monday, March 17, after being detained over the weekend by security forces who also confiscated books, compact discs, and issues of a Christian newspaper, a religious rights group said. 

Shenouda Armia Bakhait was arrested Saturday, March 15, after undercover police "stormed" the Nile Christian Book Shop in Cairo, reported Advocates For The Persecuted, a US-based nonprofit organization that advocates for religious minorities in the Middle East.

Police arrest man in Heathrow alert

 Aol News 

Armed police raced to a major security alert at the UK's biggest airport when a man sprinted on to a runway at Heathrow.

The intruder, who was subsequently arrested, was clutching a bag and is thought to have scaled a perimeter fence by the west London airport's northern runway.

10 years imprisonment for a Christian who married Ex-Muslim

From United Copts GB sources 

Approximately 3 years ago, Bolis Rezek-Allah, a pharmacist met the Muslim convert Enas Yehya Abdel Aziz, loving relationship was established and the couple wanted to get married. The obstacle was the Egyptian law does not allow a Christian man to marry a Muslim woman but the opposite is permitted.

House of Lords Hansard Re. Freedom of Religion

 and UCGB response 

Egypt: Religious Freedom

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make representations to the Government of Egypt concerning the right to freedoms of expression, thought, conscience and religion for Mr Mohammed Hegazy, who was told on 29 January by a court that it was only lawful to convert to Islam, and not to another religion, in his case Christianity. [HL2135]


Egyptian journalist gets year in jail for libel

CAIRO, March 10 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced a journalist to one year in jail on Monday for libelling imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour and his wife.

But Nour, who is serving a five-year sentence on what he says are baseless fraud charges, asked the court to drop the custodial sentence because he does not approve of jailing journalists for publishing offences.

'Young Muslims in UK finding radical Islam more coherent'

Hindu News  

London (PTI): Young Muslims in Britain are increasingly getting inclined towards radical Islam as it presents a more "comprehensive and coherent" ideology than the one advocated by local mosques, a report has suggested.

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