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Friday, 28 February 2014

Katy Perry 'Dark Horse' video ‘controversy’ edited over successful Muslims' online protests

NEW YORK: The controversy created after accusation and demonstration of Muslims around the World claiming as ‘blasphemy’ over Katy Perry’s newly released video ‘Dark Horse’ has been edited as the pendant has now been removed digitally.

The music video, which has grabbed more than 37 million views since its release on YouTube on February 20, has not been removed completely from the international video website but the pendant with name of ‘Allah’ has now digitally ‘vanished’ from the scene.

The famous US singer Katy Perry’s Dark Horse has recently came up online which sparked large-scale controversy as it shows burning of man wearing pendant with name of ‘Allah’; moreover, faced online petition demanding it be pulled from YouTube.

Before and After

It should be mentioned that most of the signatures in the petition made from Britain as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Katy Perry music video enrages Muslims over ‘Allah’ pendant

An online petition launched on Tuesday by Muslims around the world demands that Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse,” in which an Allah pendant is seen being burned, be removed from Youtube.

At 1:15 into the video, a man is shown wearing two pendants, one of which says Allah (meaning God in Arabic). Perry, who plays a queen-like figure in the video, zaps the man with lightening and he disintegrates into sand; his Allah pendant disappearing with him.

Petitioners argue that the pop diva is meant to symbolize the opposition of God, making the video blasphemous.
The video, which has a cartoonish Ancient Egypt theme, features other nonsensical aspects such as cat-human hybrid as body guards with whom Perry pole dances with, a dog which walks on its hind legs, and Perry eating spicy junk food.

Global support

The petition, which has garnered 30,000 signatures so far, says that its support will show that, “that people from different walks of life, different religions and from different parts of the world, agree that the video promotes blasphemy, using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”
Nida Ahmed from Huddersfield, UK signed on the petition that the video shows “great disrespect to Islam yet these lot say we are the bad ones well hah shame on these people (sic).”
Unik Salihu from Sweden said, “I as a Muslim, think this is a disgrace. Does she want to start a war against Muslims? This video is insulting to us and needs to be removed before something happens! (sic).”
Faeezah Shaik from South Africa said: “Artists should consider the impact their 'art' would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial. There are over 2 billion Muslims in the world, all of whom would be extremely hurt and angered to see their God's name depicted in such a tasteless manner!”

In hot water

This is not the first time the “California Girls” singer has caused controversy over her cultural insensitivities. Backlash ensued after the singer donned what critics called a regressive representation of Japanese culture while performing her hit “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last month.
Dark Horse is Perry’s third single off her new album “Prism” and features American rapper Juicy J. The hip-hop infused pop song is currently sitting at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list.
The international pop star released the music video on Feb. 20 on her official Twitter page to her more than 50 million followers. It currently has almost 30 million views.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

World Hijab Day - 1st February by Mufti Ismail Menk

With some countries having banned the hijab and others considering the same, World Hijab Day creates the much needed awareness in democratic societies of this basic right and educates the masses about the origins and reasons for the hijab.

A large number of non-Muslims show great support for our sisters and get a first hand feel of the hijab by donning it for a day.
Amongst other benefits from last years experience was that many non-Muslims have since actively supported the hijab and show greater appreciation and respect for hijabis.
The idea is also to support those of us shying away due to the incorrect perceptions of the hijab to take the steps we’ve been longing to take.
When the world understands what hijab is, where it comes from and why it is donned, it will appreciate that banning it would do more harm than good.
World Hijab Day is simply to create awareness and educate the world and because reminding is beneficial to all, World Hijab Day is held annually.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

One in every 10 babies in England is Muslim: Census

London: Almost one in every 10 babies and toddlers in England and Wales is Muslim, according to new analysis of census figures published, illustrating the growth of the minority community.

Some 317,952 children aged under five, or 9.1 percent, were registered as being Muslim in the 2011 census, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.

As a measure of how the religious demographics of England and Wales are changing, the figure is nearly double the 4.8 percent of the whole population who are Muslim, while fewer than one in 200 people aged over 85 are Muslim.

It is also an 80 percent increase on the 176,264 Muslim under-fives recorded in the 2001 census.

“It certainly is a startling figure,” David Coleman, professor of demography at Oxford University, told The Times newspaper on Friday.

“Continuing immigration from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India has been added to by new immigration from African countries and from the Middle East.

“Birth rates of Muslims of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin remain quite high, although falling. There seem to be very low levels of falling away from religion among Muslims.”

Muslims have the youngest age profile of the main religious groups. Nearly half of Muslims (48 percent) were aged under 25 (1.3 million).

The figures showed that Christianity remains by far the most common religion registered for babies in England and Wales, at more than 1.5 million, or 43.7 percent.

Nearly as many parents listed their children under five as having no religion — the answer given for nearly 1.2 million (34.1 percent).

The next most common religions registered for British toddlers after Christianity and Islam were Hinduism at 55,869 (1.6 percent), Sikhism at 28,380 (0.8 percent), Judaism at 18,221 (0.5 percent) and Buddhism at 9,026 (0.3 percent).

Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain umbrella group, said the number of Muslim babies reflected the confidence of the community.

“It’s not about Britain becoming a Muslim country but about Britain enabling the practice of Islam, which gives confidence to the vast majority of Muslims,” he told The Times.

Thirteen children aged under five were being raised in witchcraft, while 121 had heavy metal as their stated religion. Some 4,700 were listed as “Jedi knight”, the statistics showed.

ONS figures showed that Mohammed was the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England and Wales in 2009, though 12 different spellings of that name meant that Oliver officially topped the chart.