A father-and-son pair of teachers from a Birmingham Islamic School have been jailed after being found guilty of beating a 10-year-old student. Imam Mohammed Siddique, 60, and his some Mohammed Waqar, 24, punished the boy for apparent shortcomings during a Qur’an study session. Authorities became aware of the issue after …Read More »
A copy of the Holy Koran found at a Birmingham library may have been written before the time of the Prophet Mohammed and could re-write Islamic history, according to scholars at the University of Oxford. Scientists have already established that carbon dating of a fragment of the text suggested it …Read More »
International Women’s Day was marked by a myriad different celebrations and events across the globe.
In Birmingham, the day marked the launch of a new initiative aimed at empowering women in business across the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) – a global network that spans Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – officially opened its global headquarters in Birmingham.
The Network is supported by UK Trade and Investment and Birmingham’s Commonwealth Association.
Speaking at the launch, the organization’s Co-Chair Deb Leary said: “We are delighted to have Birmingham as the global headquarters for CBW.
“Our aim is simple - to provide the tools, opportunities and support necessary to ensure the growth and global reach of women. Whether as entrepreneurs, in corporate life, or in government our focus is three areas: trade, training and talent. We need to build companies that are sustainable, international and focused on growth and we need women to take up the challenge and take action. That’s why we are providing a BusinessXchange trading platform, along with an Academy to help shape and sustain that business growth.’
The platform is the result of CBW’s focus on leveraging technology to enable and encourage trade and capacity-building for women in business across the Commonwealth.
It also leverages the unique Commonwealth assets of common legal infrastructures, shared knowledge and relationships and a reduced cost of doing business between any two Commonwealth countries to create greater opportunities for business women – particularly in rural areas.
It is estimated that the Commonwealth is home to a billion women, sixty percent of whom are under the age of 30.
The group of nations accounts for 20% of all world trade and with costs of doing business in these countries significantly lower than in other parts of the world, the potential is immense.Read More »
A Pakistani teenager who was injured in the horrific attack on a school in Peshawar in December will undergo life-changing surgery at the same Birmingham hospital where teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was treated. Ahmed Nawaz, 15 suffered life-threatening injuries in the 16 December attack on the Army Public School in …Read More »
#FoxNewsFacts: US terror ‘expert’ sorry after claiming that Birmingham is a NO GO AREA for non-Muslims
An American “Terrorism Expert” has apologized after claiming that Birmingham is a “Muslim enclave” where “non Muslims” are not allowed.
Steve Emerson, a journalist and author who claims to be an authority on terrorism and Islamic terrorism, made the comments during a discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris on US channel Fox News.
“In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in,” he said.
“Parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.”
Emerson added that there were Sharia Courts operating openly in Birmingham where “Muslim density” was “intense”.
He also claimed that Birmingham was a “country within a country” where police dare not go and that the British government did not “exercise any sovereignty” there.
Host Jeanine Pirro, maintaining a remarkably straight face, then responds: “You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country.”
Fox News is frequently lampooned for its often outrageous tone and right-wing bias and Mr Emerson’s comments saw the Twitter hashtag “FoxNewsFacts” trending worldwide.
Scores of British politicians, journalists and artists took to Social Media sites to mock the channel.
Labour MP Tom Watson retweeted a message which said: “Birmingham is home of Black Sabbath and other terrifying Muslim musicians. #FoxNewsFacts.”
Best-selling author Irvine Welsh said: “I warn you, @FoxNews, I have an Ocean Colour Scene download and I'm not afraid to use it! (Well, maybe a wee bit...).”
BBC Asian Network presenter Nihal Arthanayake tweeted: “After watching Fox News I will not be visiting Birmingham. I have received threats from the Talibrum. #Foxnewsfacts.
A Twitter user going by the name of GoNawaz said: “In the UK, the Queen must wear a Hijab by Sharia Law when she visits Birmingham. #foxnewsfacts”
Goodness Gracious Me star Sanjeev Bhaskar tweeted: “The Archers, M6, M5 and UB40 are all weapons made in and around #Birmingham #foxnewsfacts.
The best of the lot thus far though was from a Muslim journalist Rabeb Othmani who said: “If you are a non-muslim and would like to visit Birmingham #illridewithyou #FoxNewsFacts.
The best image, goes to this:
Mr Emerson later apologised but did not elaborate on where he got his “facts”.
“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.
“I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.
“I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.”
He added that he planned to make a donation to “a Birmingham charity called the Birmingham Children’s Hospital”.Read More »
Authorities have launched an investigation into an alleged plot to take over schools in Birmingham by an extremist Islamic group. Ofsted, Britain’s education regulator, began the inquiry after Birmingham City Council received an anonymous letter – titled ‘Trojan Horse’ – detailing plans to oust the head teachers of four schools …Read More »
A British-Pakistani mother from Birmingham has been sentenced to life in an infamous Pakistani prison for drug smuggling.Khadija Shah, 26, was arrested at Islamabad airport in May 2012 while heavily pregnant. Police officials said they had found some 63 kilograms of heroin in her luggage and jailed her pending trial, …Read More »
A 25-year-old Birmingham man has been charged with causing racially aggravated harassment after he was found tearing pages from the Quran during a football match. Mark Stephenson was arrested following the incident during the Birmingham City vs Middlesborough game on 7 December. West Midlands Police said Mr Stephenson had been …Read More »
The above picture is the moment that Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is reunited with her best friend, almost nine months after both girls were injured in a horrific attack by the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Malala was at Birmingham Airport on Monday to welcome Shazia Ramzan, 15, who was …Read More »
An young British-Punjabi girl was “murdered” by health workers in India in an attempt to “harvest her organs”, according to a report in the Birmingham Mail. The newspaper quoted Gurkiren Kaur Loyal’s family as saying that the 8-year-old had died after being given a “mystery” injection as whist the youngster …Read More »