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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 

The absurd and the sinister

In an act of the absurd involving Islam, we have the following from New Kerala, which is public housing for Muslims that doesn't face Mecca:
Bristol: An Asian housing association in Britain has built a block of flats especially designed not to offend Muslims - the toilets do not face Makkah.
The 16 flats in the St Paul's area here have been built by Bristol-based Aashyana Housing Association, an Asian-led organisation. The toilets in the apartments have been built in such a way that they do not face southeast.

Farooq Siddique, from the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, said he welcomed developments that took into consideration the cultural diversity of tenants.

He said: "I think it is a good thing that the flats are designed in this way. We do live in a multi-cultural society and rather than just paying lip service to that, it is important that there are policies in place that address it.

"Having toilets facing the right way is an issue that comes up, as Muslims do not like using them if they are facing in that direction."...

Bristol City Council spokeswoman Kate Hartas said:...

"With all our allocations, we apply the normal criteria.

"But where there are two households of equal priority who qualify for an Aashyana home, we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally- sensitive services that Aashyana provides."
Gee, I had no idea Islam had that much of a problem with the "loo" as the slang goes in the UK. Article can also be found at Lost Budgie Blog and Jihad/Dhimmi Watch.

Then, there's the sinister, that being just how far Islamic fanaticism has gotten, as reported by AFP via the Sunday Times of South Africa (Hat tip: Jihad/Dhimmi Watch and Lost Budgie Blog):
TEHRAN - Iranian police have been accused of shooting and killing a motorist after he failed to stop when spotted eating during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a press report said.

The victim, identified as 22-year-old Seyed Mostafa, was shot dead in Tehran on Saturday.

He was also playing loud music with his car stereo, the government Iran newspaper said.

"Even if the police claim is right, is eating during the fasting month punishable by death?" the victim's brother was quoted as saying.

The report did not say if the family would press charges against the police, who have been actively enforcing a dawn to dusk Ramadan ban on public eating, drinking and smoking as well as a wider campaign to crack down on "lawless elements".
As Dhimmi Watch says:
It isn't according to traditional Islamic law. The Iranians seem to be getting a bit overzealous; maybe they considered his eating and loud music to be ipso facto evidence that he was a heretic or an apostate.
Or, they have hostility to rock music, and I wouldn't be surprised if Aerosmith, to name but one rock group, were otherwise forbidden in places like Iran.

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