Netherlands: Mosque goers try to force Dog walkers to keep dogs on a leash.
Visitors of the El Fath mosque in the Amersfoort neighborhood of Liendert (Netherlands) and dog walkers along the Valleikanaal, behind the prayer house, are not hitting it off. Some mosque goers are annoyed by the four-legged animals, who for many Muslims are impure, running freely.
The dog owners say that El Fath didn’t have permission for an entrance on the footpath. Most don’t plan to leash their dogs. Local party BPA brought the issue up to the city council.
But visitors of the El Fath mosque prefer that Ineke Simonis leash her dog. They prefer that he doesn’t come close to them. Certainly not just after a prayer service, after they’ve just purified their souls. A dog is after all an impure animal for Muslims. Ineke, just like other dog walkers along the Valleikanaal, had already exchanged words a few times with mosque goes who leave through the back of the prayer house. “And it’s not friendly then. They scream at me that my dog may not run freely here. Than I shout back that they’re wrong.“
Resident Bert van der Kuil has been walking his dogs along the canal for 40 years. He doesn’t plan to leash them for the mosque, though he almost got into a fight a couple of times with a group of young Muslims. “If there will be a leashing order, then it’s war in the neighborhood,” he says. ISLAM IN EUROPE
ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS cab drivers refuse to take passengers with Guide/Service Dogs
MINNEAPOLIS – Some Muslim cab drivers are refusing service to a growing number of passengers with alcohol or dogs, and officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport are trying to fight it.
Each month, about 100 people are denied cab service at the airport, and refusals for religious reasons have grown in recent months, airport officials said. About three-quarters of the 900 taxi drivers at the airport are Somali, many of them Muslim.
A PRISON officer and his sniffer dog have been moved after a Muslim inmate complained he had named it Allah.
Chris Langridge, 28, who served at Britain’s top high-security jail, insisted his labrador was called Ali, not Allah – which is the name of Muslims’ God. But the prisoner – in Belmarsh, South East London, for burglary – made an official complaint and the dog handler was switched to another prison. One Belmarsh officer said: “This is political correctness gone mad.”
The Category A nick houses some of Britain’s most notorious extremist Muslims, including hook-handed Abu Hamza. It also has the highest proportion of Muslim prisoners of any jail in Britain.
A source said: “Muslims don’t like dogs and it would have been an insult to their religion if the dog had been called Allah, which is sacred to them. “It is disgraceful the way the management kow-towed to them despite Chris’s denial.”
Muslims outraged at police advertisement featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman’s hat.
A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman’s hat advertising a Scottish police force’s new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims. Tayside Police’s new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community. The ad has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.
‘It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities. ’They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they’d seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn’t have done it.’ (WUSSIES)UK DAILY MAIL
Sniffer dogs FORCED to wear ‘Muslim’ bootees.
Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.
Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives. The guidelines, to be published this year, were designed to cover mosques but have been extended to include other buildings.
Where Muslims object, officers will be obliged to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Where dogs are used, they will have to wear bootees with rubber soles. “We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes. It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it,” Acpo said.
Special ruling allows guide dog to accompany his blind owner into mosque.
Finally, an 18-year-old blind Muslim student in Leicester is the first to be allowed to take his guide dog into a UK mosque.
In Islam dogs are regarded as unclean and are not allowed in mosques.However, the Muslim Law (Shari’ah) Council UK has now issued a fatwa which allows guide dogs inside mosques but not into prayer rooms.
FYI: There is NOTHING in the Qur’an that forbids contact with dogs.
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