A customer at a Leicester branch of KFC has said he was “shocked” when he was refused a hand-wipe as it might offend MUSLIM restaurant-goers. Staff said this was because the wipes are soaked in an alcohol-infused liquid. Alcohol is forbidden in the the Quran. But even some Muslims think this policy is “bizarre.”
Leicester Mercury Graham Noakes, 41, said he was astonished when staff at the fast food chain’s outlet in St George’s retail park refused to give him a hand-wipe because it was against its Halal policy. Graham said: “They told me it might offend other customers.
“I explained that it wouldn’t affect me. In fact – I told them I like alcohol, so it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. “When they wouldn’t give me one, I was disgusted. “I will never be going to KFC again.”
The father-of-two added: “I’ve never experienced anything like this before, I couldn’t believe it. “Why shouldn’t I be allowed a wipe for my hands? “They use wipes in hospital, what happens when we start being told we can’t have wipes there? “I just can’t understand it.”
Graham, who lives in Birmingham, is working in Leicester on the construction of a new Muslim community centre in Highfields. Halal is the Arabic word for ‘lawful’ and relates to what is allowed in the context of Islamic law, but is often used in conjunction with the issue of how meat is dealt with.
Suleman Nagdi, spokesman for the Leicester-based Federation of Muslim Organisations, said: “I know alcohol is prohibited in the Muslim community, but I don’t understand why you can’t use hand-wipes – there’s nothing wrong with it. “Using alcohol doesn’t mean you’re consuming it. “In fact, it sounds bizarre.”
Suleman said such decisions potentially provoked some people to start “lashing out” at the Muslim community. (Muslims – always the ‘victim’)
“KFC have made a commercial decision to do this, and now the Muslim community will face backlash.” A KFC spokesman said the company had been running a halal trial since 2010, in “areas where there has been demand from our customers”, such as the restaurant in St George’s Retail Park.
He said that as a result “a small number of products from our usual menu are not available”, and in addition the St George’s branch had decided not to stock wet wipes that contain alcohol”. The Mercury understands that the branch is waiting for its stock of alcohol-based wipes to be replaced with lemon-based wipes.
The spokesman added: “Wherever possible, we have taken steps to ensure that our halal restaurants are close to a non-halal store to cater to all of our customers’ needs, and, in this case, customers wanting a non-halal option can visit our nearby restaurant in Braunstone.”
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As Scotland votes on independence (defeated), in a campaign led by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and a coterie of advisors, few can claim more influence than Muslim member of the Scottish Parliament Humza Yousaf.
Breitbart (h/t Hanna) Yousaf was recently described by the BBC’s Andrew Neil as “the power behind Alex Salmond”. But how much do we know about the 29-year-old chalked up to be an independent Scotland’s Foreign Secretary and perhaps even Prime Minister.
Alex Salmond with Humza Yousaf
But Yousaf was willing to go further than his contemporaries to get what he wanted. The Guardian reports he joined a human blockade of the Charing Cross exit of the M8 motorway. In 2012 he described his experiences: “We had our two hours, freezing our arses off. And that was it: I was hooked.”
Initially he was attracted to the Scottish National Party’s opposition to the War on Terror, but he also became interested in its socialist views. Like many in the party he sees leaving the United Kingdom as a good way to push a much more left-wing pro-Islam agenda in Scotland.
No surprise, Alex Salmond had strong support from muslim community
Prior to his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, Yousaf had been a media spokesman for Islamic Relief (see below), a charity that has been accused on a number of occasions of being a front group for radical Islamism. Yousaf was a volunteer for Islamic Relief since the age of 10.
Yousaf was also heavily involved in a community radio station for over a decade and helped organise food parcels for asylum seekers. After just one year in the Scottish Parliament, he was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development, equivalent to Foreign Secretary. This senior role is bound to make him a genuine contender for Prime Minister once Alex Salmond steps out of the way. This would make him the first Muslim head of government in Europe since the Crusades.
But his rise to the top has not been without its hiccups. He was also embroiled in a financial scandal after his cousin Osama Saeed – a former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman – was awarded £400,000 for a Muslim festival entitled “IslamExpo”. Furthermore, the Scottish Herald reported on what became known as a “lunchgate” scandal, where Saeed and Yousaf collaborated to fundraise on the back of cash for access. “The auctioneer was Humza Yousaf, who works for both Salmond and Sturgeon at Holyrood. “Yousaf’s patter was wasn’t subtle. The link between cash, parliament and the ministers’ time was explicit.”
It is unclear what Saeed’s group, the Scottish Islamic Foundation, is doing now but in the past it has been accused of having extremist links. When they met with the British government they took Mohammed Sawalha – the subject of a BBC Panorama expose into Islamist terrorist group Hamas – with them. “The two men travelled to Sawalha’s home. His visitor’s name was Mohammed Salah. Salah’s mission was to distribute funds. Sawalha told him who to meet in the Palestinian territories…. With Sawalha’s agreement Salah began distributing about a quarter of a million dollars to local Hamas operatives. “
Yousaf is happily married to Gail Lythgoe, a red-headed Muslim convert. He recently called for Scotland to take in Palestinian refugees, and urged a full arms embargo of the State of Israel.
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Islamic Relief Worldwide, a British charity accused of links to terrorism, was presented with £398,000 of the taxpayers’ money by the Scottish Government last year, as part of its £9 million International Development Fund.
The funding was announced by Scottish politician Humza Yousaf, formerly the Media spokesperson for Islamic Relief Worldwide, and currently a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for External Affairs and International Development. This grant comes in addition to the European Union’s grant of €22 million provided to Islamic Relief Worldwide between 2007 and 2011.
In November 2012, the Swiss Bank UBS closed the account of, and blocked all donations to, Islamic Relief due to “counter-terror concerns.”
A considerable number of Islamic Relief officials are also connected to extremist groups:
- Ibrahim El-Zayat, a trustee of Islamic Relief, is a leader in both the European and the German Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist Islamist organization with branches all around the world.
- Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi, the former head of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), was also previously a director of Islamic Relief. FIOE is a leading advocate of jihadist Egyptian scholar, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.
- Issam Al-Bashir, a former Director of Islamic Relief, is the former Minister of Religious Affairs in the Sudan and has held many positions associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood.
- Dr. Hani Al-Banna, the co-founder of Islamic Relief Worldwide, was formerly affiliated with Muslim Aid, a London-based Islamic “charity” which was previously a “partner organization” of the Al-Salah Islamic Association. The US Government has officially designated Al Salah a terrorist entity.
READ MORE ABOUT ISLAMIC RELIEF HERE
What’s the matter? No more 11 year-old white girls in the neighborhood for you to rape? Two MUSLIM teenagers have appeared in court accused of raping women with learning difficulties. Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq, 18, are charged with raping the two alleged victims at a flat in Croydon. A third man, Ahmad Faiq, also 18, is accused of attempting to rape the women at the same address.
Ahmad Faiq, Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq, all 18
Croydon Advertiser via TROP The three college students appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court Wednesday. Aided by an interpreter, they spoke only to confirm their names and addresses. Noori, of St James’s Road, Croydon, is charged with one count of raping a woman aged 16 years or over between April 17 and April 20, 2013. He is also accused of attempting to rape a woman at the flat between April 4 and April 7, 2013.
Huq, of Neville Road, Croydon, is charged with raping a woman at the address between April 17 and April 20, 2013. Faiq, of Parry Road, South Norwood, faces a charge of attempting to rape a woman aged 16 or over between April 4 and April 7, 2013. He is also charged with assault by penetration of a female over the age of 13 between the same dates.
The defendants did not enter a plea and were given conditional bail until a hearing a Croydon Crown Court on October 1.
In video footage, the man is seen walking to the counter in the fast food place arguing with a group of Muslim young thugs. As he points his finger at his attacker, the man, who appears to be intoxicated, tells him to “fuck Allah.”
UK Daily Star via TROP Seconds later, the man is punched in the face and knocked to the floor. His head hits the counter and he is filmed laying motionless on the ground.
One of the other men in the shop is heard saying: “Have that you fuckin’ cunt.” He continues to antagonise the unconscious victim telling him to “say it again, say it again”. But the man fails to respond.
A Rotherham child abuse victim has told how her attacker warned she would be killed if she refused to have an abortion – at the age of 14. The woman, now in her 30s, revealed how she then fell pregnant to the same abuser for the second time just six months later and on that occasion was allowed to keep the child.
UK Daily Mail (h/t N. Sennels) Her story comes as it was revealed that as many as 100 teenage girls may have had babies after falling pregnant to their abusers. According to the Sunday Mirror, the victim, 14, known only as Jane, was targeted as a schoolgirl in Rotherham while she was living with her parents. She described how her attacker, who was in his 20s, was driving around in his car looking for potential victims when he saw her in the street.
After ‘chatting her up’ and buying her food and clothes, Jane admitted she felt ‘flattered’ by the attention. In the weeks that followed he would sneak in through her bedroom window and have sex with her while her parents slept in the next room. She told the newspaper that she found out she was pregnant while she was at school – but on telling her attacker, he ordered her to get rid of the baby.
‘He told me they would do a DNA test and he would be jailed. He said his friends would find me and kill me.’ Despite her desperate parents informing social services, she claims no action was taken. ‘I had the abortion and I was put in care to keep us apart. He would drive up and down outside my home. It was like he was stalking me.’
Just six months later, and living with foster parents, the abuser tracked her down and she fell pregnant again at the age of 15. The man allowed her to keep the baby provided she became a Muslim and describes having to ‘eat what he did. No bacon, and he talked to me about his religion for hours.’ The pair lost contact for two years while her abuser was in jail for attacking another man.
It was only years later that Jane was told by a social worker that she had been abused and learnt that she had not been his only victim. She told the Sunday Mirror that during her ordeal she was failed twice by police who did not investigate her abuse. The newspaper says more than 100 teenagers may have conceived during rapes.
Jane’s story comes after an explosive report which revealed child sexual exploitation in the town had an ‘absolutely devastating’ effect on the estimated 1,400 victims between 1997 and 2013.
Professor Alexis Jay’s report also highlighted another tragic element of the scandal for some of the victims who fell pregnant – being separated from the babies born as a result. It said: ‘In a number of cases we read, children and young people had pregnancies, miscarriages and terminations.
The wholesale sexual exploitation of young girls isn’t limited to Rotherham, it is going on in ‘every town and village’ in the country, says the author of the Rotherham sex abuse report. Professor Alexis Jay, the expert who laid bare the gang-rapes of hundreds of children by predators there, has issued a chilling warning that thousands more are at risk. She says young girls were still being groomed, threatened and raped in ‘every town and village’ across the country.
The former inspector of Scotland’s social workers was speaking after her damning report which sent shock waves throughout Britain. She revealed at least 1,400 children in Rotherham – some as young as 11 – were raped systematically by gangs of Muslim men.
But she warned: ‘There is no question that this is still happening and will carry on because there is a demand for sex with children. ‘It is happening in every town and village in the country.’
Prof Jay suggested a national legal requirement for local authorities and the police to report child sexual exploitation. She said: ‘It would certainly help to place the scale of the problem across the country because at this time, we simply don’t know.’ Hundreds were raped by predatory men after being groomed and showered with gifts of booze and drugs.
Professor Jay said: ‘It was not that they didn’t care but they were utterly overwhelmed by what was going on and they didn’t get the support they needed. ‘I have a huge amount of sympathy with the efforts the parents were making but in many instances, these children were distressed. ‘There were threats against their families if they didn’t let their girls go out and be exploited by these groups of men.’
Last night, Rotherham’s Labour MP Sarah Champion said one of the most upsetting aspects of the scandal was that babies born to some victims were taken away and were never seen by their mothers again. She said: ‘That speaks volumes about the way these children weren’t seen as victims at all.’
Muslim children in the UK under ten are being turned into ‘junior jihadis’ as extremists bombard them with dangerous propaganda, London’s deputy mayor warned today. Stephen Greenhalgh revealed he and Boris Johnson have both been briefed about radicalized primary school pupils as fears grow extremists are using the capital to spread hate.
UK Daily Mail His stark comments came ahead of a private meeting with police commissioners from across Britain to discuss the alarming spread in Iraq and Syria of the militant group Isis. ‘Some of them are very young,’ he told the Evening Standard. ‘We are talking about under the age of ten. ‘It starts very young with them being subjected to propaganda, extremist ideology (often in the mosque) , and being trained to be junior jihadis.
‘It’s pretty horrendous when you hear how some of these children are being radicalized. The threat of radicalization of young people is real and this is a problem that is going to be with us not just for a couple of years, but for the next generation.’ Tory Mr Greenhalgh, 47, is the politician in charge of London’s policing and crime.
His comments came ahead of a private meeting today with police and crime commissioners from Britain’s largest cities to discuss the growing threat of Islamic extremism. According to the Standard, those attending included the police commissioners for Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds alongside Scotland Yard’s former counter-terrorism chief Commander Helen Ball.
The Home Office already fears around 500 Britons have left the country to fight with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, some of them still in school. In July it emerged 16-year-old star college pupils Salma and Zahra Halane, from Chorlton, Manchester, had abandoned their homes to fly to the rapidly expanding warzone.
Youths in parts of east London, which has the combination of a large Muslim population and high deprivation and unemployment, are feared to be particularly vulnerable to hate preachers. Today a think tank said there was a real and present danger of some of those fighting in Iraq and Syria carrying out terrorist bombings when they returned home.
The Henry Jackson Society, whose previous supporters have included the former education secretary Michael Gove, said the odds of a ‘blowback’ attack should not be underestimated.
Between 1999 and 2010, it said, 19 per cent of all terrorists had received foreign training – but this figure rose to 41 per cent for those directly involved in the eight major bomb plots on Western soil. ‘At least 500 British Muslims have travelled to Syria,’ it said, ‘with up to 300 already back on British soil.’
At least 500 British Muslims have travelled to Syria,’ it said, ‘with up to 300 already back on British soil.’
The report added: ‘For almost three decades, small numbers of British Muslims have fought for Islamist terrorist groups abroad and/or travelled to foreign conflict zones and ungoverned spaces to receive training from terrorist groups, most notably al-Qaeda-affiliated training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A row erupted last month after a black flag said to resemble that of Islamic State was hoisted over the gates of a housing estate in Poplar, east London – only to be torn down by a furious nun. Sister Christine Frost, 77, a nun who works at a nearby church, used a stepladder to remove the flag out of fear it could be seen as ‘aggressive’ or ‘insensitive’.
The flag had been raised next to others calling for Palestinian freedom, but anti-extremist campaigners said the raising of the black flag was a ‘provocative’ act and undermined legitimate anger about last month’s violence in Gaza.
Islamic State militants have swept through huge tracts of Iraq and Syria, taking authorities by surprise and enforcing an extreme interpretation of Sharia law under their version of Sunni Islam.
Junior Jihadi in Syria parading around with a decapitated head