Christians flee Iraq as Muslim group warns: Convert, pay tax, or die

Meanwhile, Obama celebrates Islam’s rise at the White House. via Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians – Yahoo News.

The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which led last month’s lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, and seen by Reuters, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.

It said Christians who wanted to remain in the “caliphate” that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a “dhimma” contract – a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as “jizya”.

“We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,” the announcement said.

A resident of Mosul said the statement, issued in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, had been distributed on Thursday and read out in mosques.

It said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which the group has now named Caliph Ibrahim, had set a Saturday deadline for Christians who did not want to stay and live under those terms to “leave the borders of the Islamic Caliphate”.

“After this date, there is nothing between us and them but the sword,” it said.

The Nineveh decree echoes one that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the former name for the Islamic State, issued in the Syrian city of Raqqa in February, demanding that Christians pay the jizya levy in gold and curb displays of their faith in return for protection.

The concept of dhimma, governing non-Muslims living under Islamic rule, dates back to the early Islamic era in the seventh century, but was largely abolished during the Ottoman reforms of the mid-19th century.

Mosul, once home to diverse faiths, had a Christian population of around 100,000 a decade ago, but waves of attacks on Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein have seen those numbers collapse.

The resident of Mosul who saw the Islamic State announcement estimated the city’s Christian population before last month’s militant takeover at around 5,000. The vast bulk of those have since fled, leaving perhaps only 200 in the city, he said.

via Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State – Yahoo News.

A Catholic bishop from Mosul told Reuters that 150 Christian families had left in recent days and church leaders had advised the few families who wanted to negotiate with militants that they should also flee for their own safety. [that leaves about 50 remaining]

The Christians described their flight as a historic loss.

“We have lived in this city and we have had a civilization for thousands of years – and suddenly some strangers came and expelled us from our homes,” said a woman in her 60s who fled on Friday for Hamdaniya, a mainly Christian town controlled by Kurdish security forces to the southeast of Mosul.

Others were stopped by gunmen on the outskirts of the city and robbed of the goods they carried, suggesting the militants were implementing an order to Christians to leave behind all possessions.

“The Islamic State stopped my relatives at a checkpoint when they were fleeing and when they found out they were Christians, they took everything they were carrying, including their mobile phones,” said a Christian man, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“They left them only with the clothes they were wearing,” he said, speaking from Hamdaniya.

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, relayed its ultimatum from mosque loudspeakers and spraypainted Christian properties with the letter “N” for Nasrani, or Christian, residents said.

Religious leaders have expressed alarm at the order. “It is forbidden for Christians to be rejected, expelled or wiped out,” said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako in a statement published on his official website.

“It is no secret the dire consequences this could have on the peaceful coexistence of the majority and minorities, and also among Muslims themselves in the near and long term.” [peaceful coexistence? Islamic State Torches Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul] and [Muslims Enter Churches, Tear And Rip Out All Of The Crosses, And Replace Them With The Antichrist Black Flags Of Islam]

Mosul lies across the Tigris river from the ancient city of Nineveh, at the heart of Mesopotamia. It thrived at a time when what is now Iraq was considered a “cradle of civilization”, and for centuries its population showed the importance of Iraq as a crossroad of trade and culture.

The overlapping of Muslim and Christian faiths in modern day Mosul is evident by the fact that the tomb of the Biblical and Koranic prophet Jonah is housed in a mosque in the city. [Muslims destroyed the tomb, see video]

That mosque is at risk of destruction along with others in Mosul considered heretical by the Sunni, ultra-conservative Islamic State, which rejects other branches of Islam such as Shi’ism and condemns the veneration of tombs.

Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was once among the country’s most mixed. Waves of attacks on Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein eroded its once sizeable Christian population, mainly from the Assyrian and Chaldean denominations.

The worst blow in recent memory came when the Islamic State fighters and their allies swept into the city last month.

“It is a disaster,” said Nabil Khashat, a Christian who moved years ago to Arbil, in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region where many ethnic and religious minorities have taken refuge.

“I don’t think there is a destiny worse than that,” he said, referring to the Islamic State ultimatum.

The militants’ seizure of Mosul also drove other ethnic and religious minorities away, such as the Shabak and Turkmen Shi’ites and the Yazidis, an ethnically Kurdish group practicing a religion linked to Zoroastrianism.

Human Rights Watch said on Saturday that the Islamic State had been killing, kidnapping and threatening minority groups in a “vicious campaign” in and around Mosul in recent weeks.

The New York-based group said militants occupied a Syriac Orthodox church and removed a statue of the Virgin Mary from another church. On June 29, the militants kidnapped two Chaldean nuns and three Christian orphans and held them for two weeks.

 

Philadelphia: Mosque leaders applying sharia law, try to cut off suspected thief’s hand

The City of Burka-ly Robberies is now stepping up it’s Islamic contributions to America with sharia amputations. via Police: Suspected thief almost gets his hand cut off

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Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim mosque on 63rd Street (Google Maps)

A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday.

Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.

The accused immediately denied it, but to no avail. Mitchell and the mosque’s imam carried the accused down a flight of stairs to the backyard of the mosque, a converted house, where Mitchell also lives, Walker said.

They put the victim’s wrist on a log, and Mitchell “swung at his wrist, cut through his skin, and cut his tendons, but didn’t make it all the way” because the blade was dull, Walker said.

The victim was treated at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital and will require reconstructive surgery.

Mitchell was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and related offenses. Police found the machete during the search.

More via Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man’s hand -police | Reuters.

Credit: Reuters/Philadelphia Police Dept/Handout

Credit: Reuters/Philadelphia Police Dept/Handout

Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday.

The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday.

The officials, described in police reports as the mosque’s imam and amir, dragged the victim to the rear of the mosque, and attempted to chop off his hand with a machete, according to a police statement.

He sustained a severe laceration to his right wrist, and was transported to a nearby hospital by medics.

Officers served a search warrant on Thursday on the mosque, located in a house in the city’s Overbrook section, where they arrested Merv Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz. They recovered a 2-foot-long machete from the scene.

The mosque’s imam, an unidentified 35-year-old male, has not yet been located, police said.

Mitchell was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and related offenses.

DoJ honors Buffalo-based al Qaeda fundraiser, director of Pakistani spy front group with top award

via Justice Department Honored Al Qaeda… – Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

Justice Department Honored Al Qaeda Charity Fundraiser in Buffalo

Khalid Qazi, a man honored by the US Justice Department in Buffalo, has a long history of Islamic extremist activity including raising money for an Al Qaeda charity.

Ilya Feoktistov, APT’s Director of Research said New York District Attorney William Hochul gave the Justice Department’s highest award for community service to Khalid Qazi on June 5. At the ceremony, Hochul described Qazi as a man who “has done so much to break down the barriers between the Muslim community and law enforcement.”

But Feoktistov said, “U.S. Attorney William Hochul should be well-aware of Qazi’s background since his own Justice Department has investigated and prosecuted several of Qazi’s close associates, as well as helped shut down several groups that Qazi had worked with.”

Feoktistov said the APT video shows that Qazi is a founder and Senior Adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, a group that Feoktistov says, “attempts to portray itself as the ideal partner for law-enforcement agencies, yet whenever these agencies arrest people on terror-related causes, MPAC criticizes the arrests and accuses these same agencies of Islamophobia.”

Feoktistov said Qazi has raised funds for the Global Relief Foundation, an organization that was shut down shortly after 9/11 for funneling the funds it raised to Al Qaeda’s financial network.

Feoktistov said Qazi was also the director of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), whose president was arrested and charged by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice with acting as a foreign agent. The KAC was identified by the FBI as an American front group for the Pakistani ISI intelligence agency, which is notorious for supporting Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists operating in Kashmir. ISI has been accused of assisting the terror group Lashkar-e-Taibah in carrying out the 2009 Mumbai attacks.

The FBI alleged that Dr. Qazi’s KAC had funneled 4 million dollars of ISI money since the mid-1990s. Yet just two months before the FBI exposed Qazi’s organization as an ISI front, William Hochul held a press conference with Qazi to tell the community that he and Qazi “have a very long tradition of working here in Western New York together and we will continue that.”

Before he founded the Western New York chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Qazi was the Executive Director of the American Muslim Council. The American Muslim Council no longer functions, its leader and founder, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was arrested on terrorism charges in 2003 and is now serving a 23 year prison sentence.

At his trial, Federal prosecutors accused Alamoudi of being the most important Al Qaeda fundraiser in America. Feoktistov said, “Yet just like Dr. Qazi now, before his arrest, Alamoudi was respected in the highest reaches of society and government, including close relationships with both Presidents Bush and Clinton. Are Dr. Qazi and MPAC being similarly mistaken for moderates?”

APT President, Dr. Charles Jacobs said, “District Attorney William Hochul and the Department of Justice should end all collaborative relationships with Khalid Qazi and MPAC, rescind all DoJ and FBI awards to Qazi, and institute guidelines for vetting interfaith community partners for extremist ties going forward.”

 

US taxpayers fund Ramadan dinner in Turkey, Muslims burn US flags, injure 7

When paying the jizya backfires…the U.S. resorts to more dhimmitude, condemning Muslims for throwing the halal food on the floor. via Seven injured as group attacks fast-breaking dinner organized by US consulate in Diyarbakır. h/t @DanielPipes

Seven people, including a police officer, were injured during the scuffles that erupted after the group’s attack. AA Photo

Seven people, including a police officer, were injured during the scuffles that erupted after the group’s attack. AA Photo

A crowd protested a fast-breaking iftar meal organized in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır by the U.S. consulate in Adana on July 15, attacking the tent where the food was prepared and served.

Seven people, including a police officer, were injured during the scuffles that erupted after the group’s attack. Two of the injured people underwent surgery.

Some 72 NGOs and associations were invited by the U.S. consul general in Adana, John Espinoza, to the iftar in tents erected by Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality in the central Dağkapı Square.

A group gathered nearby to protest the event, burning U.S. flags, and some people from within the group reportedly threw flares at the tents, damaging tables and chairs and prompting police to resort to tear gas.

The U.S. consulate said it “understood the protests” but condemned the attack, noting that a similar iftar event was held during Ramadan last year.

We support the right to protest. But the fact that demonstrators threw all the food prepared is unacceptable. We condemn it,” said Espinoza, adding that the iftar meal was intended to show their commitment to the people of Diyarbakır.

“We wanted to show our respect for cultural and religious traditions with an iftar dinner in the district of Sur. We know that these hooligans who have breached this night unlawfully don’t represent Diyarbakır,” he said.

The head of the Democratic Regions Party’s (DBP) Diyarbakır branch, Zübeyde Zümrüt, claimed that the attack was planned. “Two of [the injured] are in serious condition. One has undergone surgery, while another is preparing to do so. One person may lose an eye,” Zümrüt said.

Diyarbakır co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı visited the injured in hospital. However, another group of people outside prevented her from making a statement following her visit to the hospital.

 Thanks to reader Martin who provides some video…it was more than just a protest, it was a riot and full blown take down of the event. See video in the comments.

More: Is Turkey  Behind The Islamic Caliphate?

Pentagon-cleared Defense Contractor Bankrolled Hamas-linked CAIR

via Rahim Sabadia: Portrait of a Disgraced Defense Contractor

Four years after the Pentagon suspended the security clearance of Rahim Sabadia — a South African-born, California-based defense contractor who has bankrolled the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — new discoveries raise questions about how he had been permitted to hold one in the first place. Documents analyzed by Islamist Watch show that Sabadia’s foundation donated to an infamous Hamas-funding charity and other radicals, that in 1985 he pleaded guilty to the sale of illegal listening devices, and that immigration officials had ordered him out of the country a decade earlier. Topping off this troubling record, Sabadia recently pleaded guilty to providing false information to a Navy procurement officer in a scheme to recapture an old contract. The Sabadia saga is a warning that Islamists and their sympathizers must be kept away from the sensitive technologies and institutions that protect America.

Concerns about Sabadia initially came to light in a 2011 article by Matt Pearce and Brooke Williams for the Orange County Register. While researching the millions of taxpayer dollars that had been flowing to Sabadia’s Sabtech Industries — thanks, in part, to earmarks from Gary Miller, a Republican congressman whose campaign chest was regularly filled by Sabadia and his wife — the journalists learned that Sabadia had lost his secret-level clearance in 2010. As a result, his company had to stop work on a lucrative contract to upgrade the Navy’s Aegis combat system, a key component of ballistic missile defense. Federal agencies did not disclose the reason for the suspension, but Pearce and Williams located an internal email citing worries about “charitable contributions.”

The authors note that Sabadia, via the Sabadia Family Foundation (SFF), distributes money to “many Islamic education, relief, and humanitarian organizations,” and “one of the foundation’s large beneficiaries — receiving at least $1.2 million since 2002 — is the Council on American-Islamic Relations.” CAIR has been on the outs in Washington due to its designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against the Holy Land Foundation, a charity convicted in 2008 of funneling millions to Hamas. In another interesting CAIR–Sabadia link, Omar Zaki, Sabtech’s onetime vice president, is CAIR’s current national chairman.

Sabadia’s massive financing of CAIR, which has reached $1.296 million for its Los Angeles chapter based on available SFF tax filings (2001–12), as well as lesser support for similar Islamist pressure groups, certainly should have grabbed the Defense Department’s attention. However, there have been far more disturbing recipients of the Sabadia family’s largesse.

The most notorious SFF grantee was the Holy Land Foundation itself, which collected $3,300 in 2001, the year that federal authorities finally shut it down. Also enjoying Sabadia’s generosity in 2001 was the American Muslim Foundation, which pocketed $700. That organization was led by the high-profile Islamist Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is now serving a long prison term following his role in an international assassination plot. Additionally, the SFF has gifted $1.177 million (2001–12) to Islamic Relief USA, which is a subsidiary and funder of Islamic Relief Worldwide, a charity that, according to an Americans for Peace and Tolerance report, “has multiple associations with Hamas fundraising and with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the U.S., Europe, and Sudan.”

The SFF’s roster of beneficiaries also betrays a fondness for radical mosques and imams. In 2001, the foundation gave $4,500 to Oakland’s Masjid Al-Islam, which, in the words of the Anti-Defamation League, is “affiliated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun movement, which seeks to establish Islamic rule in the U.S.” Even the Southern Poverty Law Center, known for vilifying critics of Islamism, calls Masjid Al-Islam and the Sabiqun network “hate groups.” In 2002, the SFF sent $100 to defend Jamil al-Amin, an imam convicted that year of the 2000 murder of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy. He has since been identified as the head of the Ummah, another entity striving for an Islamic state within U.S. borders. In 2007, the SFF contributed $25,000 to Brooklyn’s Masjid At-Taqwa, which the New York Police Department classified among the city’s “tier one mosques of concern.” That is largely due to the influence of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was listed as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the foiled follow-up attacks. Wahhaj, too, dreams of a Shari’a-governed America.

Sabadia’s run-ins with the law should have raised further red flags for those vetting him. On January 21, 1985, Sabadia was hit with a seven-count federal indictment (Central District of Illinois) for selling electronic devices “primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire or oral communications,” contrary to Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2512. Investigators had caught him peddling “telephone drop-in FM transmitters,” “ink pen FM transmitters,” and “‘snooper’ contact microphones.” Sabadia pleaded guilty to three counts and was sentenced to three years of probation for each, set to run concurrently, and insignificant fines and restitution.

Besides outing his past criminality, the 1985 court papers expose Sabadia’s former name, Abdur Rahim Noormohamed, which can still be found on various websites. It turns up somewhere else as well: in documents that place Noormohamed/Sabadia at the heart of an immigration dispute during the 1970s.

According to a decision from an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) district director dated May 23, 1977, Noormohamed/Sabadia entered the U.S. from Switzerland in January 1976 on a nonimmigrant visa for business in New York on behalf of a textile company. He soon went to Dallas and joined his brother Moosa in a separate venture exporting electronics. When his six-month admission was nearly up, Noormohamed/Sabadia applied for permanent residence based on the claim that he was a qualified investor. The INS official ruled that he did not meet the requirements, rejected his application, and instructed him to leave the country, declaring: “It can only be concluded that you and your brother did not enter the United States in good faith as nonimmigrants without any intention of circumventing the quota restrictions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended.” In other words, they had planned to remain in the U.S. from the start. The INS district director dismissed a motion to reconsider his decision, the INS regional commissioner affirmed the denial, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas backed the INS, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals approved the ruling. Yet Noormohamed/Sabadia managed to stay. A document from a legal case explored below notes that he married Nafees El Batool in 1979 and became a U.S. citizen in 1989.

Sabadia’s history prompts a pair of obvious questions: First, if Sabadia’s charitable giving had indeed inspired the Pentagon to take a closer look at his security clearance, why did this issue not come to a head until a decade after his foundation had begun supporting Islamic radicals? Second, with a determination that he “did not enter the United States in good faith” and a conviction for selling equipment applicable to espionage, why was he entrusted with a clearance at all?

It can now be revealed that Sabadia responded to his lost clearance by breaking the law once again.

Continue reading at Islamist Watch.

Maryland: Muslim pleads guilty in multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling racket

A predominantly Muslim cigarette smuggling racket…that funded? via Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case | Coastal Point. h/t UNDER THE BURKA

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

Samer Ramadan, 40, pleaded guilty to the charge, the most serious one against him, was scheduled to be sentenced to two to six years in a New York state prison on Monday, July 7.

As treasurer, Ramadan was second-in-charge in the smuggling operation that he told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Foley was run by his brother, Basel, 43, who continues to be held without bond, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office. Basel Ramadan’s trial is expected to take place in October, but his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12.

When Homeland Security officers and New York authorities raided Basel Ramadan’s Oyster Harbor residence in May 2013, they found approximately $1.4 million in cash, some of which was in black trash bags. Many items, including three handguns, were removed from the house and vehicles and taken away. The vehicles were also taken away from the property.

The 303-page indictment gave details of the smuggling operation that involved purchasing cartons of cigarettes in Virginia, ostensibly to sell at Virginia businesses. That ruse permitted them to buy the cigarettes at a tax rate of 30 cents per pack. The cartons of cigarettes would be taken to storage facilities in Delaware. One of the storage facilities was in Dagsboro.

Several other people were allegedly involved in the lucrative cigarette smuggling enterprise. Adel Abuzahrieh, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the alleged transporter who drove several times weekly from Brooklyn to Dagsboro, where he exchanged tens of thousands of dollars in cash for cartons of cigarettes. Then he would take the cigarettes — approximately 20,000 cartons per week — north to New Jersey, where he would hand them over to distributors, who would take them to storage facilities in New York City.

Four additional men, called “resellers” by the New York Attorney General’s Office, would deliver the cartons to Arab markets and grocery stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, where they would sell them for huge profits. Some of the cartons were sold in Schenectady and Albany.

In addition to the Ramadan brothers, 14 other alleged participants in the cigarette smuggling enterprise were indicted. Ahmad Abdelaziz, also of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and will be sentenced to one to three years in prison Aug. 12.

Yousef Odeh, one of the alleged distributors, 53, allegedly had ties with Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Muslim cleric now serving a life sentence for a conspiracy to blow up New York City landmarks.

One of the alleged resellers, Muaffaq Askar, was suspected of providing weapons to Rashid Baz, who was convicted of shooting at a van carrying Yeshiva students as it crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994. One student was killed in that attack.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said last year that the association of some of the suspects in the cigarette smuggling ring with terrorists was cause for concern. Similar schemes had been used in the past to help fund terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to a 2013 press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ramadans allegedly deposited “more than $55 million from their untaxed cigarette sales into small financial institutions in and around Ocean City.” Then they would allegedly use that money to purchase more cigarettes to sell in their illegal enterprise. The press release stated that they generated more than $10 million in profits in the smuggling operation.

During the year-long investigation by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York City Police Department, with assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, law enforcement seized 65,000 forged New York tax stamps that had not yet been affixed to packs of cigarettes, as well as nearly 20,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and more than $200,000, from suspects in New York City.

All of the suspects were charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering and related tax crimes.

Basel Ramadan and Youssef Odeh of Staten Island were also indicted in October 2013 in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot. They were allegedly conspiring from behind bars to murder witnesses against them in the cigarette smuggling case.

“These defendants sought to kill individuals they believed to be witnesses to their crimes,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated in a press release. “This behavior is intolerable, and we are going to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. These two individuals cheated New York taxpayers out of millions of dollars in tax revenue and then tried to cover up their dangerous and lucrative smuggling operations, which hurt New York businesses, by committing the ultimate crime.”

Odeh pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and conspiracy in the second degree (conspiracy to commit murder) and he faced sentences of two to six years in prison when he was sentenced Monday, July 7, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Previously, Muaffaq Askar pleaded guilty to New York tax law 1814(a)(i), attempt to evade cigarette tax, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

UK: Tesco grocery allows Muslim workers to refuse to sell ham, wine during Ramadan

Sharia creeps…during the month of jihad. via Tesco apologises after Muslim worker refuses to sell ham and wine in Ramadan | Mail Online.

A Muslim cashier at a Tesco store refused to serve a customer buying ham and wine because he said it was Ramadan.

The till operator told Julie Cottle he would not touch the items as they are considered forbidden by Islam and said she should use the self- service tills instead.

When Miss Cottle, 43, from Neasden, north-west London, complained to the manager, he backed the worker’s right to refuse to serve her because it was the holy month of Ramadan and he was fasting.

But Tesco has now apologised for Monday’s incident and said the worker had been ‘spoken to’.

Miss Cottle said her treatment left her furious. ‘He pointed at the ham and wine in my basket and said “I can’t serve you that because I’m fasting”,’ she said.

‘When I told him he should be serving customers not turning them away he still refused, telling me to go to the self-service.

‘I know he has his beliefs – I’m a Christian myself – but he should be able to do his job properly. I’m disgusted. If he is refusing to do his job he shouldn’t be there.’

‘I was furious so when I got home I rang Tesco customer service to complain.

‘All they said was “that does not sound right but if it is ok with the manager that’s ok”.’

Tesco has since apologised to Miss Cottle over the incident and a spokesman said the worker had been spoken to.

‘We’re here to serve our customers the products they choose to buy,’ he said. ‘We don’t have a specific policy and take a pragmatic approach if a colleague raises concerns about a job they have been asked to do.

‘We apologise to our customer for any inconvenience on this occasion.’

From the Tesco website:

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Sunday 9am to 6pm

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