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7 July 2009


While the Muslim Judicial Council expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased, Sister Marwa Al Sherbini who was murdered in a German court, we applaud her for standing firmly by her religious beliefs which led to her martyrdom.  “From Allah(God) we come and to Him we shall all return.”

We therefore condemn the German constitution in the strongest terms for failing to grant her freedom of religion and their blatant failure to adequately protect her whilst she attempted to seek justice in a German court.  It is these discriminatory laws imposed against Muslim women based on the grounds of gender and religious discrimination which forced Mrs Sherbini to be placed in this unfortunate situation. 

The failure of the German constitution to afford Muslim woman their rights exposes them to the added abuse of 42and the prevalence of the vilest abuse of their right to freedom of religion. 

The total lack of trained security personnel and the inadequate court safety procedures led to the brutal murder of Sister Marwah who was stabbed 18 times is indeed a shameful blot against the German judicial system and should be investigated by law commissions.
We also object in the strongest terms to the oppressive double standards imposed against Muslim women whilst Christian and “western” cultural traditions are afforded special concessions.  According to a Human Rights Watch(HRW) report, the ban targets Muslim women exclusively and feeds the intolerant behavior against Muslims and fuels islamophobic violence.
We convey our deepest sympathies and express our support to the women who continue to be at the mercy of these discriminatory laws.  Despite the harsh discrimination against them, Islamic values and Muslim contribution to the community is recognized in society. We therefore hope that harmonious multi cultural relations are strengthened on the basis of good citizenship and not by the prejudiced views attributed because of the intolerance of their religious attire.
Issued By:
Nabeweya Malick
Media Department
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Author: MRN Network

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.