Kebab shop bombed, mosques attacked in France after Charlie Hebdo killings

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France’s leaning towards Islamophobia is sharply increasing.

Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday. Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris. A bullet hole was also found in a window of the mosque.

In the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers. The hall was empty, the local prosecutor said. An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties. Local prosecutors have described it as a “criminal act”.

France is on edge following the deadly assault by heavily armed gunmen on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday that left 12 dead. No link has yet been established between the attacks.

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Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show

Hollywood A-lister Ben Affleck has delivered a spirited defence of Muslims worldwide on a TV talk show hosted by a fellow liberal with little time for the Islamic faith. Affleck, well known for his progressive views, was promoting his latest film “Gone Girl” on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” when the conversation turned towards Islam. “Islam at the moment is the mother lode of bad ideas,” said fellow guest Sam Harris, a philosopher who claimed that 20% of the world’s Muslims are either jihadists or Islamists, according to “a bunch of poll results”.

Oscar-winner Affleck recoiled at the broad-brush portrayal of the world’s second-biggest faith. “So you’re saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing,” snapped the actor, who tackled the 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis in his 2012 political-thriller “Argo”. Read the rest of this entry »

Fasting is valid even when coerced into breaking it

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From Yasir Qadhi:

Yesterday, a brother from Xinjiang, China, who is working in my city came up to me with a question. He told me that his relatives back home were asking: would their fast count if they were forced to eat and drink by the government during the day?

I asked him how the government does this. He replied that there is a public luncheon (for example, his relative is a schoolteacher) and the Muslims are monitored to see if they eat or drink. So there are people whose job it is to check whether Muslims are eating or not.

I said, “Is there any way for them to pretend to eat but not actually eat?” He replied, “Not really, since the government monitors are checking to see if they are actually eating.”

I asked what were the consequences if they refused. He said that best case scenario is that they would eventually lose their jobs, and worst case scenario, jail and imprisonment and fines. He told me that he had called his mother a few days ago to wish her Ramadan Mubarak, to which his mother, a very elderly lady, became agitated, changed the topic, and hinted at him not to even mention the word ‘Ramadan’ over the phone for fear of repercussion and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »