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sonz
11-18-2006, 10:55 AM
TUNIS — At first glimpse one might think it is happening in the US notorious prison of Guantanamo: a jail guard throwing off a copy of the Noble Qur'an down the toilet. The harsh reality is that it took place twice in Muslim Tunisia.

The International Campaign for Human Rights (ICHR) in Tunisia revealed the macabre incident in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by IslamOnline.net Friday, November 17.

"A police officer wanted to soften an Islamic prisoner by throwing a copy of the Noble Qur'an down the toilet," read the statement, noting that the first desecration of the Qur'an took place early this month.

The organization said angry prisoners went on a hunger strike on November 6, protesting the "outrageous crime."

In June, the Tunisian league for Human Rights disclosed that another officer hit an Islamist prisoner with the Qur'an and then kicked the holy book.

Instead of putting the officer on trial, the League said, authorities questioned rights League members for uncovering the matter.

The mother of the prisoner, who blew the whistle, told the League that her son was tortured and pressed by prison officials to reverse his statements.

The statement warned of "disregarding the sensibilities of Tunisians and millions of Muslims around the world."

It demanded the authorities severely punish officers responsible for the heinous act.

Blind Eye

The strongly-worded statement said the Tunisian government would encourage such outrageous acts against Islam and Muslims if it continued turning a blind eye to the incident.

"It would isolate Tunisia further from the Arab and Islamic fold, and fuel angry and frustration among the Muslim people of Tunisia," it said.

Abdel-Ra'ouf Al-Ayaadi, vice president of Congress for the Republic party, warned that desecrating religious symbols could be a "common practice" in Tunisia due to such impunity.

"The first incident went unpunished and authorities even tried to hush angry voices," he told IOL.

"This manner would pave the way for more violations in the future," he said.

Such desecrations are aimed at "bringing fervent Islamists to their kneels," added Ayaadi. "

Human rights watchdogs have repeatedly denounced unfair trials of Islamist prisoners in Tunisia, many of whom have been sentenced to over 15 years in prison.

Amnesty International warned on November 14 that hundreds of government opponents remained behind bars as the harassment of their families and rights campaigners continued.

Some needed urgent treatment after being tortured and subjected to harsh prison conditions.

Systemic Attack

The ICHR said the Qur'an abuse is part of "systemic attack" on Islam in Tunisia, citing the crackdown on hijab-clad women and mosque imams.

The government has launched a wide-scale campaign against imams during the holy month of Ramadan, replacing popular preachers with others who toe the state line.

The debate on the hijab ban in Tunisia heated up in the past few months as human rights activists, lawyers and intellectuals lashed out at the government oppressive campaign launched every academic year against hijab-clad students.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, some of those students were forced to give up their education to escape the continuous abuse, activists say.

In 1981, then Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba (1956-1987) ratified law no. 108 banning Tunisian women from wearing hijab in state offices.

Worse still, the government issued in the 1980s and 1990s more restrictive enactments.

Islam sees Hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/N...11/17/03.shtml
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Hijrah
11-18-2006, 02:10 PM
Astagh-firullah
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`Abd al-Azeez
11-18-2006, 11:44 PM
Disgusting kaffir, may Allah curse him.
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umm-sulaim
11-18-2006, 11:46 PM
That's really sad to hear, subhana Allah...may Allah guide the prison officer (s)

wassalaam
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Nσσя'υℓ Jαииαн
11-19-2006, 12:12 AM
Astaghfirullah...so sad :(
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Dahir
11-19-2006, 02:15 AM
Originally Posted by sonz
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In 1981, then Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba (1956-1987) ratified law no. 108 banning Tunisian women from wearing hijab in state offices.

Worse still, the government issued in the 1980s and 1990s more restrictive enactments.

Islam sees Hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/N...11/17/03.shtml
Sickening! What's with all of these Muslim nations giving up on God? :anger:

Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, etc.....!!! :anger:
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UmAselAlJazairy
11-19-2006, 02:32 AM
Salaam,

Tunisia is not the only country that desecrated the Qur'an, but Kuwait as well. By the way Morocco banned the staff of an airline to pray the five daily prayers. May Allah punish them severely or guide them.

Wsalaam
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Muezzin
11-19-2006, 10:40 AM
Wow, Tunisia seems as corrupt as Pakistan, except the latter doesn't do stuff like this (that I know of) - if a Pakistani cop wants to make you confess, he'll just break your legs rather than desecrate the Quran.
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Pygoscelis
11-19-2006, 11:21 PM
Maybe this is the kind of "soft torture" that so many in the US appear to endorse. Disturbing stuff this be.
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matobosha
11-20-2006, 02:13 PM
We have to wake up the muslim community.
If we are united as one citizen no one will touch us if we follow the rope of Lailahailla Allah.
May Allah give a severe punishment to anyone who destroys the Quran.
And May he give us guidance to stand up against the enemy.
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KAding
11-20-2006, 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by Dahir
Sickening! What's with all of these Muslim nations giving up on God? :anger:

Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, etc.....!!! :anger:
Why do you think these countries are embracing secularism? I mean, what motivates them?
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Muezzin
11-20-2006, 07:05 PM
Originally Posted by KAding
Why do you think these countries are embracing secularism? I mean, what motivates them?
Sounds like a good question for a completely separate thread :)
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Skillganon
11-20-2006, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
Wow, Tunisia seems as corrupt as Pakistan, except the latter doesn't do stuff like this (that I know of) - if a Pakistani cop wants to make you confess, he'll just break your legs rather than desecrate the Quran.
Breaking leg for confession, is that not against Islam?
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Muezzin
11-20-2006, 07:19 PM
Originally Posted by Skillganon
Breaking leg for confession, is that not against Islam?
The Pakistani authorities have seemingly little regard for Islam, but that's a rant for another thread.
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Skillganon
11-20-2006, 07:21 PM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
The Pakistani authorities have seemingly little regard for Islam, but that's a rant for another thread.

I guess it is Nothing unique.
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north_malaysian
11-21-2006, 06:24 AM
Malaysia is famous for brutality among the police or wardens. But never heard that any holy book being treated like that in Malaysian prisons.
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