Muslims celebrated Eid-Al-Adha in Russia, major roads closed down to allow a cult to worship their ‘God’

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Muslims in Russia on Tuesday mark their most important holiday – Eid al-Adha, due to which motor transport traffic in a number of Moscow districts will be restricted.

“Due to the religious events in mosques, motor traffic will be restricted from midnight until their end in Durov Street – from the Olympic Avenue to Mira Avenue; in Gilyarovsky Street – from Durov Street to Kapelsky Side Street; in Meshchanskaya Street – from Durov Street to Sadovaya-Sukharevskaya Street; in Shchepkina Street – from Sadovaya-Sukharevskaya Street to Samarskaya Street,” the city traffic police said.

In addition, motor traffic will be restricted in the Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street – from Sadovnichesky Lane to Bolshoi Tatarsky Side Street, as well as in the Vypolzov, Maly Tatarsky, Stary Tolmachevsky and Ozerkovsky Side Streets. Traffic police have called on all drivers of the city to be extremely careful and select alternative routes in advance.

According to the press service of Moscow’s main police department, about 4 thousand police officers, Interior troops and vigilantes will be ensuring security during the Eid al-Adha celebration events.

It is prohibited to carry bladed article, large bags, plastic, glass and other containers with liquids at the festive events for terrorism security considerations. If suspicious people are noticed in the crowd or some abandoned items, the police should be immediately notified.

“We ask people not to yield to provocations of individuals who may try to use you for their unlawful purposes,” the police department stressed, warning that “any attempts at wrongdoing will be suppressed in strict compliance with the legislation in effect and the perpetrators will be brought to responsibility.”

Eid al-Adha – the Feast of the Sacrifice, is the most important day in the Muslim calendar. This year it is celebrated from 15 to 17 October. In order to cope with the influx of worshipers in mosques, three additional sites have been provided on October 15 in the Russian capital for the Muslim morning prayer: near the Izumrudny sports and recreation complex, in the Park of the 60th Anniversary of the October Revolution and at exhibition hall No. 2 at the Sokolniki park. There are also 25 sites for the prayer services in the suburbs.

In 2012, around 150,000 Muslims took part in the Eid al-Adha celebration events in Moscow.

Article from our friends at Voice of Russia. 

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Imam in Port Coquitlam, Canada charged with sexual assault

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Coquitlam RCMP say that the Imam of Masjid Al-Hidaya has been charged with sexual assault. 

The RCMP started investigated in June when someone reported a sexual assault in the Mosque, on Wednesday, Crown counsel approved one count of sex assault against the mosque’s imam, Saadeldin Bahr, who refers to himself and is known in the community as Dr. Saad. 

The RCMP sexual assault unit will be investigating further, and believes that more people may have been involved, and urges any victims, or anyone with information to come forward. 

All members of the Mosque refused to speak to media about the charges laid against their leader. The Muslim Community says they don’t know who the victim even is, whether they are an adult or child, or even male or female, but in a smaller town, that seems to be another lie. 

Sexual assault is uncommon in Canada, especially for a small town like Port Coquitlam, where the people woke up on a September morning to find that this all had happened in their own town, in the name of the religion of peace.

Such acts in the name of Allah should not be tolerated by the Canadian people, and they must fight this! 

SOURCES: Global News BC, and CTV News BC

Men can now marry adopted girls in Iran

Men can now marry adopted girls in Iran

Saeed Kamali Dehghan
theguardian.com, Thursday 26 September 2013 19.11 BST

Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.

Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, approved by parliament on Sunday, opens the door for the caretaker of a family to marry his or her adopted child if a court rules it is in the interests of the individual child.

Iran’s Guardian Council, a body of clerics and jurists which vets all parliamentary bills before the constitution and the Islamic law, has yet to issue its verdict on the controversial legislation.

To the dismay of rights campaigners, girls in the Islamic republic can marry as young as 13 provided they have the permission of their father. Boys can marry after the age of 15.

In Iran, a girl under the age of 13 can still marry, but needs the permission of a judge. At present, however, marrying stepchildren is forbidden under any circumstances.

As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with the London-based group Justice for Iran, told the Guardian she feared the council would feel safe to put its stamp of approval on the bill while Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, draws the attention of the press during his UN visit to New York.

“This bill is legalising paedophilia,” she warned. “It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalising paedophilia and is endangering our children and normalising this crime in our culture.”

She added: “You should not be able to marry your adopted children, full stop. If a father marries his adopted daughter who is a minor and has sex, that’s rape.”

According to Sadr, officials in Iran have tried to play down the sexual part of such marriages, saying it is in the bill to solve the issue of hijab [head scarf] complications when a child is adopted.

An adopted daughter is expected to wear the hijab in front of her father, and a mother should wear it in front of her adopted son if he is old enough, Sadr said.

“With this bill, you can be a paedophile and get your bait in the pretext of adopting children,” Sadr said. Some experts believe the new bill is contradictory to Islamic beliefs and would not pass the Guardian Council.

An initial draft of the bill, which had completely banned marriage with adopted children, was not approved by the council and it is feared that MPs introduced the condition for marriage to satisfy the jurists and clergymen. This is why Sadr fears it can pass the council this time.

The bill has prompted backlash in Iran with the reformist newspaper, Shargh, publishing an article warning about its consequences. “How can someone be looking after you and at the same time be your husband?” the article asked.

Shiva Dolatabadi, head of Iran’s society for protecting children’s rights, has also warned that the bill implies that the parliament is legalising incest. “You cannot open a way in which the role of a father or a mother can be mixed with that of an spouse,” she said, according to Shargh. “Children can’t be safe in such a family.”

Execution of juvenile offenders in Iran has also been in spotlight in recent years amid confusion between the age of majority – when minors cease to be legally considered children – and the minimum age of criminal responsibility, which is 15 for boys and nine for girls under Iranian law.

Young Pakistani Mother Stoned to Death for Owning a Cell-Phone

Young Pakistani Mother Stoned to Death for Owning a Cell-Phone

A young Pakistani Mother of two, Arifa Bibi was sentenced to death by a Tribal Court in Pakistan for simply owning a cell-phone.

She was waist-deep buried, for a slow painful death, her uncles, cousins, other family members and top villagers stood around, and pelted stones at her until she died, only because she possessed a mobile phone.

According to an investigation done by Panjab News, she was buried in a desert far away from the village, and family members were not permitted to take part in her funeral.

The barbaric practice of stoning is all too common in many countries just like Pakistan, still floating in sixth century ideology. Many women’s groups are petitioning to the United Nations to act immediately, and protect women and vulnerable groups in countries like Pakistan, but have been very much ignored.

The Asian Human Rights commission issued this statement via press release: “Stoning to death is a barbaric act from a primitive society,” reads the press release. “Society is sent the message that violence is the way to deal with women and other vulnerable groups. Women’s rights are negated through the use of these forms of punishment. Pakistani society has degenerated to the point that, for a woman, keeping a cell phone has become serious crime. It is treated as a worse crime than gang rape, murder and bomb blasts, through which many people are killed on a daily basis.”

There are no international laws that prohibit stoning.