Wheaton College Provost Called Suspended Professor’s Muslim Comments ‘Innocuous’

Faculty speak out to defend teacher

The Wheaton College provost overseeing an expulsion trial against a tenured professor who said Christians and Muslims worship the same God wrote in a private email last month that her comments were “innocuous” but that they had created a public relations disaster for the Illinois college.

“Articles are already being written in a variety of news sources, and the media are pounding on our door asking for comments about our faculty who are endorsing Islam,” wrote Provost Stanton Jones, in a December 11 email obtained by TIME to Wheaton Psychology professor Michael Mangis. “We are being asked to defend why we have faculty openly rejecting with (sic) the institution stands for.”

The scandal, which has engulfed the evangelical college in Illinois, began a day earlier, when the school’s first-ever tenured black female professor, Larycia Hawkins, wrote a Facebook post declaring solidarity with Muslims following the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote on Facebook. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

Since then the campus has divided, as many fellow professors begin to defend her comments while the administration has begun a proceeding that could lead to her termination for reasons that include her Facebook post. In interviews this week with TIME, several of her fellow faculty spoke out against the administrative proceeding against her. “I have seen no theological argument from the college that would deem her commitments unacceptable,” Gary Burge, professor of New Testament, tells TIME. “[Hers] is a clear, compelling affirmation of what we believe in Wheaton’s Statement of Faith.”

Professors and students at Wheaton sign the school’s “Statement of Faith,” a doctrinal statement that draws on historic Christian creeds and summarizes biblical principles of evangelical Christianity. The statement does not define a relationship between evangelical Christianity and Islam, and there is longstanding division within the evangelical community about the variations of belief that should be allowed. (Note: This Wheaton is different from and unaffiliated with the Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., which is not a religious institution.)

In the comment section under Hawkins’ original Facebook post, Mangis, the psychology professor, had written to defend Hawkins’ statement in early December. “If you get any grief at work give me a heads-up because I’ll be leading my spring psychology of religion class in Muslim prayers,” he wrote.

Hawkins was not contacted by the administration with concern about her post until Dec. 15. But four days earlier, Provost Jones wrote to Mangis, giving him an opportunity to withdraw and apologize for his Facebook post. “I cannot tell you what a disaster this brief comment from you on Facebook is shaping up to be,” wrote Jones. “Larycia Hawkins also meant something similarly innocuous, but her theological comments are being taken up as an endorsement of Islam and a clear and emphatic statement that Islam and Christianity are approximately the same.”

In the emails obtained by TIME, Mangis initially pushed back. “I personally don’t usually give much thought to how someone’s paranoia might lead them to draw inappropriate conclusions from simple statements,” he wrote to Jones, saying he respected what Hawkins was doing. In the same email, he said he understood the college was vulnerable and he wanted to help.

Jones offered Mangis language for a suggested clarification statement, which explained that he only wanted students to experiment with different postures of prayer. “I am not a syncretist,” the statement that Jones crafted says. “I do not teach students to pray to Allah or consider Islamic spirituality equivalent to Christian faith.” Meanwhile, a friend told Hawkins that Mangis’ comment was causing questions, and she deleted Mangis’ comment from her Facebook wall. Mangis and Jones closed their emails exchanging “Salaam alaykum”—Arabic for “Peace be upon you”—and Mangis faced no further theological scrutiny.

Wheaton administration responded on Saturday to TIME’s questions about why it treated Mangis’ and Hawkins’ Facebook posts differently. “Dr. Jones was similarly concerned about the theological implications of Dr. Hawkins’ December 10 Facebook post regarding Christianity and Islam, despite viewing her intention as presumably innocuous,” Wheaton told TIME in a statement. “Dr. Jones hoped that once the issues regarding the theological content of her post were brought to her attention, Dr. Hawkins would offer a retraction or a satisfactory clarification.”

Instead of contacting Hawkins directly, Jones had asked another faculty member to approach Hawkins about her post, and Hawkins wrote a second post on Dec. 13, clarifying her initial words. “Unlike Dr. Mangis’ immediate apology, retraction, and collaboration in preparing a public statement, Dr. Hawkins’ second Facebook post did not adequately clarify the theological issues raised in the first post, and instead created significant concerns about her alignment with the college’s Statement of Faith,” Wheaton tells TIME.

On Dec. 15 Jones summoned Hawkins to a meeting, where he presented Hawkins with a two-page document outlining “areas of significant concern” over her theological views and asked her to respond in two days. At the same meeting, he placed Hawkins on paid administrative leave. Hawkins submitted a four-page theological statement on Dec. 17 as requested, and has repeatedly maintained that her comments emerged from her evangelical conviction of solidarity with Muslims. The college requested additional theological explanation. Hawkins says she then declined the college’s proposal to let her teach in the fall but undergo a two-year review of her theology, during which her tenure would be revoked

 

untitled

 

Exclusive: Wheaton College Provost Called Suspended Professor’s Muslim Comments ‘Innocuous’ | TIME

On January 4, Jones sent Hawkins a notice that the college was beginning the process of terminating her employment, and the college explained that “Dr. Hawkins declined to participate in further dialogue about the theological implications of her public statements and her December 17 response.” The college has not made public the full document outlining all reasons behind its move to fire her, but says on its website that what is “at issue are the theological implications of Dr. Hawkins’ statements and requested explanation.”

Hawkins made her theological statement public on Wednesday following a press conference. “When calling on one member to over and above every other member of the campus community to answer for a Facebook post that was actually committed to living out the love of Christ and the principles of the Statement of Faith, no one is safe,” she added.

“What is at stake for me is the integrity of my Christian testimony,” Hawkins tells TIME. “The administration, particularly Provost Stan Jones, insists that my Facebook post is a theological statement rather than an act of human solidarity emanating out of my faith commitment, that strikes me a drawing a line in the evangelical sand, and my body happens to be in the middle of that.”

Around the same time, Wheaton administrators responded to five faculty who took flowers and letters of support to a nearby Islamic Center earlier in December. English professor Tiffany Eberle Kriner wrote a letter expressing fury at abuses against Muslims, especially by fundamentalist evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, and expressed a desire to be better friends rooted in “shared love of the one God.” The administration did not contact all faculty who visited, but did reach out to Kriner to request clarification about her comments.

“The administration was concerned when her personal letter, which had been printed on college letterhead, appeared on social media,” Wheaton tells TIME in a statement. “Dr. Kriner immediately apologized for using college letterhead for a personal statement, and expressed regret for the theological confusion that could potentially follow from her statement. After discussion with Dr. Jones, she articulated her alignment with the theological standards of the college, and worked with him to finalize a clarification that could be used publicly if needed.”

The controversy is perhaps the most explosive for the school since Wheaton faculty engaged theories of evolution in the 1960s. It comes as the school is fighting the Obama administration’s contraception mandate on religious liberty claims, as racial and political demographic shifts change American evangelicalism, and as Muslims face heightened backlash for terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has compared Hawkins to Rosa Parks.

Jones will prosecute Hawkins at a hearing of nine tenured faculty members in the coming weeks. They will then submit a recommendation to Wheaton’s president Philip Ryken, who will submit a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, who will issue a final decision about her future at the college.

Now that Hawkins’ theological statement has been made public, faculty at Wheaton are starting to defend her. Some plan to wear their academic regalia in solidarity with her when classes resume on Monday. “Anyone who reads the document where Dr. Hawkins clarified her theological position to the administration can see that it is deeply rooted in the Statement of Faith that all Wheaton College faculty are asked to affirm annually,” says George Kalantzis, professor of theology and director of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.

The debate centers on what room should be allowed within an evangelical doctrine of God for a range of perspectives. “Evangelicals need to sort out what is theologically essential from what is theologically peripheral,” Burge, the New Testament professor, explains. “Christian colleges like Wheaton write statements of faith to protect what is essential but they also need to discern where faculty are free to express private views. This is the very essence of academic freedom. Dr. Hawkins’ theological commitments place her squarely within the bounds of what is theologically essential at Wheaton College—and she should be free to express her other views where they do not violate those essentials.”

Brian Howell, professor of anthropology, notes that as a faith-based institution, Wheaton has long faced specific tensions other schools do not. “I am deeply troubled by issues of process in this case, and there are many questions I know faculty want answered in the coming weeks, but I do not think that this reflects some new pathology at Wheaton,” Howell says. “We are an unusual institution, and I know this will occasionally lead to conflict internal and external. I only hope we can handle it now and in the future with love for all concerned.”

The moment is complicated by the broader cultural and political forces at play in the U.S. and in the world. “My fear is that the political extremes we now see in our country, typified and exacerbated perhaps by Donald Trump, have now been baptized and brought into the evangelical world,” Burge says. “This likely influenced the public reactivity to Dr. Hawkins words and actions. My hope is that the Wheaton community will not be influenced by the polarizing political pressures we see everywhere today.”

A general attitude of fear and concern has also swept through the faculty, who are wondering now what expressions of their evangelical faith the college will deem acceptable, which cross the line, and what standard the college will use to decide. Their rights as workers, and as evangelical workers, is now part of what Hawkins is fighting for.

“It has also been very shocking to me at Wheaton at every turn to have to explain my evangelical chops like I need to, like I was not already thoroughly vetted when I applied there, like I don’t assent to the Statement of Faith every year when I sign my contract,” Hawkins says. “Yes, Wheaton has a right to say only evangelicals can work here, I assent to that, but what they are seemingly saying now is actually you don’t have freedom to say things that other evangelicals say.”

Reconciliation between Hawkins and the college is still possible. In fact, some see reason to hope for a unifying solution. “Unwarranted pressure was exerted on everyone involved to respond in ways that would satisfy the partisan interests of outside groups and their respective perceptions of ‘orthodoxy’ or ‘Evangelicalism,’” Kalantzis explains. “However, as an institution rooted in the Christian tradition, Wheaton College and every one of us intimately involved with it as staff, as faculty, as administrators and as board of trustees are deeply committed to the Christian concept of reconciliation, redemption, and peace.”

Hawkins original message of showing love to Muslims, especially Muslim women, was prompted by her decision to wear the hijab for the season of Advent leading to the celebration of Christmas, which prompted her Facebook post a month ago. “Through it all we’ve lost what she was trying to do—show solidarity for people that have been despised and rejected,” says Gene Green, Wheaton professor of New Testament. “Jesus got accused of being friends with tax collectors and sinner, he goes to the margins, to people everyone else pushes out, the Samaritan woman, the centurion’s servant. He’s really, really, good. And Larycia was doing a good thing.”

Elizabeth Dias is a correspondent for TIME covering religion and politics. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Wheaton College, Ill, where she studied theology.

Muslim woman says Trump backers are supporting ‘hateful rhetoric’

 Muslim woman says Trump backers are supporting ‘hateful rhetoric’ | Reuters

A U.S. Muslim woman who was ejected from a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina while engaging in a silent protest said on Saturday she wanted to make the Republican presidential candidate’s backers recognize they are supporting “hateful rhetoric.”

Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant from North Carolina, stood up silently in the stands directly behind Trump during Friday night’s rally when the billionaire businessman suggested that refugees fleeing violence in Syria were affiliated with Islamic State militants.

“I get why he’s popular: he’s an entertainer, he’s engaging, there are certainly aspects that appeal to certain parts of society. He even has valid points in some cases,” Hamid said in a telephone interview with Reuters from her home in Charlotte.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

“But they have to recognize what they’re supporting,” Hamid said, referring to Trump’s supporters. “His ramping up of his hateful rhetoric is just not what America is, and it’s not who we are as a country.”

At the rally, Hamid was wearing a white head scarf and a blue T-shirt made by her son emblazoned with the words, “Salam, I come in peace.”

Hamid, who called herself a registered Democrat, said she came to the rally because she had a day off from work and wanted Trump supporters to meet a Muslim in real life. Hamid said she told herself she would stand up quietly if Trump said anything hateful about any group, not just Muslims.

As she stood, people in the crowd around her at the rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina started yelling “Trump! Trump!” as organizers earlier had instructed them to do. Soon afterwards, security officers showed up at her seat and, with little explanation, told her and a friend they had to leave the premises, she said.

“They didn’t even tell us we were causing a disturbance,” she said. “They just said, ‘Come with me, come with me.’ I was asking, ‘Why? Why?’ and they just said, ‘Come with me.'”

Hamid said she was later told she was trespassing at a private event.

APOLOGY DEMANDED

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, on Saturday called on Trump to apologize after the incident, which ignited a firestorm on social media and prompted criticism by at least one fellow Republican.

“The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Ohio Governor John Kasich, another Republican presidential hopeful, said the crowd’s response at Trump’s rally was inappropriate.

“We don’t need to be shouting and booing and scaring somebody who decided to stand up and have some sort of silent protest,” Kasich told reporters on the sidelines of a poverty summit in South Carolina on Saturday.

The incident was the latest controversy involving Trump regarding Muslims. Trump last month advocated banning all foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” In November, he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. Fact-checkers have debunked this assertion.

Hamid said some Trump supporters may not be looking past his showy campaign to see the damage he is doing.

“His supporters really need to look at what it is that he’s proposing, and the type of bully mentality that he has of disrespecting people to such a tremendous degree,” Hamid said.

She said she hopes the other Republican White House hopefuls will decide it is better to leave what she called hateful speech out of their campaigns instead of emulating Trump.

“I think that rest of the pack is looking at what Trump is doing and then doing whatever it is they think will get them higher in the (poll) numbers,” she said. “Hopefully, his numbers will drop, and that will give the message to everybody else that the fear-mongering is not the way to go.”

Hamid said she was leaning toward supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in November’s election. That said, she said she had not made a decision on who would get her vote.

Hamid is president of a group called Muslim Women of the Carolinas, but she said it is a social organization, not a political one, and was not involved in her action on Friday.

At a rally on Saturday in Ottumwa, Iowa, Trump cited last month’s San Bernardino, California massacre and the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer on Friday by a man who police said pledged allegiance to Islamic State as examples of Muslim anger toward Americans.

“The hatred is so incredible,” Trump said. “And the danger, when we have people willing to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center and many other things, we’ve got to solve it.”

Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the Hamid incident

Kindness to Parents : Even After Death

Islam is a religion of justice and compassion.  It teaches morality and forbids bad conduct.  Special status has been afforded to the elderly; they are treated with respect and dignity.  Muslims are urged to honour them and this is especially true when it comes to the treatment of parents.  Although death may take us at any age, parents are often elderly and as such require special care and attention.  Even though the rigours of old age may cause parents to be demanding , impatient or petulant,  a Muslim is still obligated to treat then with kindness and to look after them lovingly.  God linked honouring parents to the command to believe in Him Alone.

“Worship God and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents…” (Quran 4:36)

One of Prophet Muhammad’s companions asked about the deeds God loved most.  The Prophet replied, the prayer offered on time and honouring parents…  (Saheeh Bukhari)

The sayings of Prophet Muhammad abound with words of wisdom about the obligation to be dutiful and kind to parents.  He was once heard to say:

“May he perish, May he perish, may he perish”.  Those around him immediately asked whom he was referring.  Prophet Muhammad replied, “He whose parents (one or both) attain old age in his life and he does not enter Paradise (because of his goodness towards them).”  (Saheeh Muslim)

Respect for parents is a key to the gates of Paradise.  By upholding the commands of God and giving parents the affection and love due to them, we receive the reward of eternal bliss.

Beneficial Actions

There are many ways a Muslim can continue to honour and respect his or her parents after their death.  He may pray and make supplications for God to show mercy towards them; he may pay any worldly debts they may have accumulated or debts owed to God such as fasting or making the pilgrimage (Hajj); and he may also give charity in their name.  Keeping the ties of kinship and friendship are also ways of continuing to show love and respect to parents after their death, and Islam carefully explains what actions on the part of the living may be beneficial.  The Prophet said,

“When a person dies, all his deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge (which he has left behind), or a righteous child who will pray for him.” (At Tirmidhi)

A man from among the companions asked Prophet Muhammad,

“Is there anything left from the goodness I owe my parents I should present to them after their death?”  He replied, “Yes, four things: Pray and ask forgiveness for them.  Fulfil their pledges.  Be kind to their friends.  And maintain the ties of kinship that come from only their direction”. (Ahmad, Abu Dawood &ibn Majah)

Thus, it is understood that the kindness and gratitude we are obliged to show our parents should be continued even after their death.  Prophet Muhammad also told us about a man raised to a very high station in Paradise.  The man was surprised and asked how he achieved such a noble position.  He was informed,

“Because your son prayed for your forgiveness”. (Ibn Majah)

The Keys to Paradise

Life in the 21st century is hectic, and we are often overwhelmed by worldly concerns; so much so, we tend forget that morals and manners are a large part of this way of life that is Islam.  Kindness to parents is an obligation and we would do well to remember and to emulate the behaviour of the first Muslims.  They held their parents in high esteem, they loved and cherished them by following the commandments of God and knew that paradise really did lie at the feet of mothers.  These were not just words to our predecessors; they were the keys to paradise.

542698_267351256684707_722530016_n

In the narrations of Prophet Muhammad, we are able to observe the behaviour of Abdullah, the son of Omar ibn al Khattab.  On the road to Mecca, Abdullah met a Bedouin.  He greeted him with peace, had him ride the mount that he was riding and gave him the turban that he had been wearing on his head.  One of Abdullah companions commented, “May God guide you, they are just bedouin and they are content with something simple.”  Abdullah answered, “The father of this man was a close friend of my father, and I heard the Messenger of God say, “The best way of honouring one’s parents is for the son to keep in touch with his father’s friends.”

Islam recognises the importance of the family unit, and a good and loving relationship between parents and children is essential.  After God, our parents deserve our gratitude and obedience.  A Muslim is obligated to show goodness and mercy to his or her parents.  There is only one exception to this, if parents expect their children to associate anything with God or to do something regarded impermissible in Islam, then the child must not obey, however nothing removes the obligation to be kind and respectful.

60 Ways To Keep Your Husband Happy

10583972_263208627219752_6535577042091691005_n

1. After returning from work, school, travel, or whatever has separated you, begin with a good greeting.

2. Meet him with a cheerful face.

3. Put on clean clothes. Beautify and perfume yourself.

4. Start with good news and delay any bad news until he has rested.

5. Receive him with loving and yearning sentences.

6. Beautify and Soften the Voice (for your husband only, it shouldnt be used in front of non-mahram men).

7. Take good care of your body and fitness.

8. Bath regularly and, after the monthly period.

9. Avoid that your husband observes you in dirty clothes or rough shape.

10. Avoid prohibited types of ornamentation, e.g. tattoo.

11. Use the types of perfumes, colours, and clothes that your husband likes.

12. Change hair style, perfumes, etc. from time to time. However,avoid excessiveness and, of course,only act as such in front of mahram men and women.

13. Hasten for intimacy when husband feels compulsion for it.

14. Exchange loving phrases with your husband.

15. Be satisfied with what Allah has allotted.

16. Remember that real wealth lays in Iman and piety.

17. Do not be depressed because your husband is poor or works in a simple job. Look at poor, sick, and handicapped people and remember Allah for all that is given to you.

18. Do not ask your husband for many unnecessary things.

19. Asceticism does not mean not to enjoy what is good and permissible (Halal), but it means that one should look forward to the hereafter and utilize whatever Allah gave them to achieve paradise (Jannah).

20. Encourage your husband to reduce expenses and save some money in order to give charity and feed poor and needy people.

21. Be grateful to your husband.

22. If you are grateful, your husband will love you more and will do his best to please you in more ways.

23. If you are ungrateful, your husband will be disappointed and will start asking himself: Why should I do good to her, if she neverappreciates? Avoid such situations.

24. Always remain loyal to him.

25. Compliance to him, particularly in times of calamities in your husband’s body or business, e.g. an accident or a bankruptcy

26. Support him through your own work, money, and properties if needed.

27. Follow him in all what he commands you, unless it is prohibited (Haram). In Islam, the husband is the leader of the family, and the wife is his support and consultant.

28. Try to avoid what will guarantee his anger.

29. Please him if he is angry.

30. If you are mistaken, then apologize.

31. If he is mistaken then keep still instead of arguing or yield your right. Wait until he is no longer angry and discuss the matter peacefully with him.

32. If he was angry because of external reasons then keep silent until his anger goes away.

33. Find excuses for him, e.g. tired, problems at work, someone insulted him, etc.

34. Do not ask many questions or insist on knowing about what happened, (e.g. you should tell me what happened? … I must know what made you so angry… You are hiding something, and I have the right to know.)

35. Protect yourself from any prohibited relationships.

36. Keep the secrets of the family, particularly bedroom talks and things that your husband doesn’t like other people to know.

37. Take care of the house and children.

38. Take care of his money and properties.

39. Do not go out of your house without his permission; go out in appropriate dress.

40. Refuse people whom he does not like to come over.

41. Do not allow any non-mahram man to be alone with you in any place.

42. Be good to his parents and relatives. Welcome his guests.

43. Avoid problems with his relatives as much as you can.

44. Avoid putting him in a position where he has to choose between his mother and his wife.

45. Show good hospitality for his guests by arranging a nice place for them to sit in, perfection of food, etc.

46. Encourage him to visit his relatives and invite them to your home.

47. Phone his parents and sisters, send letters to them, buy gifts for them, support them in calamities, etc..

48. Do not follow or create unfounded doubts.

49. Jealousy is a sign for wife’s love for her husband but it should be kept within the limits of Islam, e.g. not insulting or backbiting others, disrespecting them, etc..

50. Be patient when you face poverty, strained circumstances and hardships (such as calamities and disasters that may happen to you, your husband, your children, relatives or properties, e.g. diseases, accidents, death, getting fired, etc.

51. Cooperate with your husband and remind him of different obligatory and voluntary worships.

52. Encourage him to pray at night. Listen and recite the Quran individually and with your husband. Remember Allah much, particularly after Fajr and before Maghrib.

53. Learn Islamic rules (ahkam) and good manners (adab) for women.

54. Support your husband’s activities by encouraging him, offering wise opinions, soothing his pains, etc.

55. Keep house clean, decorated and well arranged.

56. Prepare tasty and healthy foods.

57. Learn all the necessary skills for managing the house, e.g. sewing.

58. Learn how to raise children properly and in an Islamic way.

59. Do not spend from his money, even for charity without his permission unless you are sure that he agrees on this.

60. Keep the children in good shape, clean clothes, etc. Take care of their nutrition, health, education, manners, etc. Teach them Islam and tell them the stories of the Prophets and companions.

May Allah fill our homes and hearts with tranquillity, love and mercy now and forever, aamin.

Slovakia vows to refuse entry to Muslim migrants

Responding to the sexual assaults in Cologne and Hamburg, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has reiterated his aim to allow no Muslims into the country. According to reports, some of the attackers were refugees.

 

 

 

 

Robert Fico said on Thursday that Slovakia would fight against immigration from Muslim countries to prevent attacks like last year’s shootings in Paris and large-scale assaults of women in Germany, which took place on New Year’s Eve.

“We don’t want something like what happened in Germany taking place in Slovakia,” Fico said, adding that the country must “prevent [its] women from being molested in public places.”

According to reports by local German newspaper “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” and an online preview of investigations by Sunday paper “Welt am Sonntag,” Cologne authorities have identified some of the perpetrators in the attacks as been Syrian asylum seekers.

‘Multi-culturalism is a fiction’

In light of the attacks, Fico told reporters that Bratislava would ” never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia.”

“Multi-culturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants in, you can face such problems,” Fico said.

Slovakia is a Catholic country of 5.4 million people, who thus far have had next to no experience with immigrants. The country received only 169 asylum requests last year.

Under the European Commission’s plan for mandatory quotas to share out 120,000 asylum seekers among the EU’s 28 member states, Slovakia is being asked to take in 802 migrants. Fico’s government has already filed a lawsuit against the Commission in response to the plans.

Shared view

Similar views have also been heard from neighboring Hungary and Poland. Like Slovakia, the Hungarian government has also challenged mandatory quotas in court, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban repeatedly claiming that the influx of refugees into Europe threatens to undermine the continent’s Christian roots.

The new Polish conservative government has also spoken in favor of stemming migration, saying they cannot repeat the mistakes of other European countries. Warsaw added, however, that it would abide by the previous government’s pledge to accept around 7,000 migrants.

 

ٍSource : http://www.dw.com/en/slovakia-vows-to-refuse-entry-to-muslim-migrants/a-18966481#

Silently protesting Muslim woman ejected from Trump rally

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN)A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Donald Trump’s campaign event on Friday by police after she stood up in silent protest during Trump’s speech.

Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant sitting in the stands directly behind Trump, stood up Friday during Trump’s speech when the Republican front-runner suggested that Syrian refugees fleeing war in Syria were affiliated with ISIS.

Trump has previously called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

Despite her silence, Trump supporters around her began chanting Trump’s name — as instructed by Trump campaign staff before the event in case of protests — and pointed at Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth, the man alongside her who stood up as well.

As they were escorted out, Trump supporters roared — booing the pair and shouting at them to “get out.” One person shouted, “You have a bomb, you have a bomb,” according to Hamid.

“The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary,” Hamid told CNN in a phone interview after she was ejected.

Major Steven Thompson of the Rock Hill Police Department told CNN Hamid was kicked out of the event because the campaign told him beforehand that “anybody who made any kind of disturbance” should be escorted out.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment asking why Hamid was escorted out of the venue.

222

Source : http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/08/politics/donald-trump-muslim-woman-protesting-ejected/

The hijab goes high end: Dolce & Gabanna launches is first collection of headscarves and abayas as it joins the luxury brands targeting Muslim fashionistas

Its form-fitting gowns are a staple of the red carpet and its muses include Hollywood screen sirens such as Monica Bellucci and Scarlett Johansson.

But now famed Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has turned its attention to a more modest offering with its first range of hijabs and abayas – the loose, full length robe favoured by some Muslim women.

The collection, which was revealed via the Arabian branch of the website Style.com, mainly comes in black and neutral hues although there is a smattering of prin

 

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has launched their first ever collection of abayas and hijabs as they seek to cater for the growing demand for Muslim fashion

 

 

The range makes a heavy nod to D&G’s Sicilian heritage with liberal use of black lace (left). One of the more understated pieces in the range (right) is given a splash of colour with bold floral accessories

 

The fashion site said the collection ‘celebrates the inimitable dolce vita that is distinct to us in the Arab world.’

But it’s still distinctively D&G with a sprinkling of the daisies, lemons, and red roses that appear in the brands Spring 2016 collection, as well as a sprinkling of playful polka dots.

 

The abayas and hijabs come in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics, and D&G signature lace detailing is also a strong presence.

One floating neutral coloured abaya is heavily embellished with intricate black lace, echoing the brand’s penchant for dramatic femininity, while another is embellished with an all over lace pattern.

 

 

The abayas and hijabs come in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics, and D&G signature lace detailing is also a strong presence. Lush red roses, which feature in D&G’s Spring 2016 collection, add a splash of colour and flair to this black abaya

 

Stefano Gabbana also announced the launch of the collection on his Instagram page, with the hashtag #dgabaya.

No information has been released as yet on how much the pieces will cost or what regions they will be available in.

However, the collection is already receiving a hugely positive response from fashion fans online.

‘It’s so amazing to see you create this,’ Melissa Marsella wrote on Instagram. ‘There are a lot of lovely ladies that will look and feel absolutely incredible because of you.’

 

 

The designers have been praised online for paving the way for other fashion houses to cater for Muslim women who want to buy high end clothing. A report by Thomson Reuters has predicted that Muslim spending on fashion and footwear will increase to $484 billion by 2019

Olenkarogan said she thought the designs were ‘perfection’, while an excited user 4mm1na said the collection is ‘totally on my buy list’.

Rexkless_x also praised D&G for paving the way for more designers to make high fashion clothes for Muslim consumers.

‘For D&G to even make a line like this will make others realise there’s a competition going on,’ she said.

‘And soon all high end designers will be making abayas and it will be a success we can finally wear designer clothes with good material and designs.’

Philistine Ayad took to Twitter to praise the designers, saying: ‘Thank you for seeing that there is beauty in our differences. #MuslimandProud.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

D&G have joined the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY in offering capsule collections tailored for Muslim customers. Brands such as Mango, Zara and Net-a-Porter have also offered Ramadan collections during the holy month

 

Both Kelly Hidge and The Cloaked Room declared they were ‘obsessed’ with the collection.

Yalla Spree added: ‘Now that’s one clothing line we’re definitely looking forward to.’

However, not everyone was so effusive in their phrase however, with some branding the collection outdated.

Rexkless_x wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s good for a first timer designer like this. But its still so 2007 in the Middle East. It’s only 2015 in the West’s eyes.’

Last year, Stefano Gabbana revealed the design duo would be creating a range for Muslim customers in an interview with The National newspaper.

‘I’m really fascinated with the Middle East and we’ve just completed a prêt-a-porter collection of abayas and sheylas,’ he said.

‘Pieces have some lace, embroidery and some prints – but not too much,’ he said.

At the time he said the collection would be available in the United Arab Emirates in October 2015, but the launch has only just been announced.

Catering to the Muslim market is a growing focus for luxury designers and high street brands alike.

A report by Thomson Reuters found that Muslims spent $266 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013.

The report also predicted that figure to increase to $484 billion by 2019.

Growth in retail in the Arab world is currently outpacing Asia and Russia.

Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY have launched capsule collections for Muslim customers.

And Monique Lhuillier has designed a range of caftans for the luxury online retailer Moda Operandi.

Online designer clothing retailer Net-a-Porter provides a ‘Ramadan Edit’.

On the high street, while Zara and Mango have also offered specially themed collections during the holy month.

Late last year H&M featured their first ever hijab-wearing model in an ad campaign – Mariah Idrissi.

Meanwhile British designer Hana Tajima created a range of hijabs, blouses and dresses for Uniqlo, which were sold online and in Singapore

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3386904/Dolce-Gabanna-launches-hijab-abaya-collection-Muslim-customers.html#ixzz3wkzqsy00