‘Shaykh, Rattle and
Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted
by Iranian media as saying, "Many
women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray, corrupt their
chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases
(Associated Press, April 19, 2010)
Delicate English Rose
Nigella Lawson, ‘icon of English femininity’ swam
at Bondi beach, Sydney, earlier this year dressed in a burqini, the kind
sold by a Muslim sportswear website.
Unlike most celebrities not a word of explanation was
uttered. This happened a week after the French burqa ban. Fortunately
common sense seems to have won out this time and there have been no
suggestions (tongue-in-cheek, or otherwise) that the English
celebrity-chef has converted to Islam. It seems more likely that Ms Lawson
was protecting her delicate skin from the depredations caused by the
What would Eid be like without a Mullah Nasrudin joke?
Mullah Nasrudin's family was upset because the girl he was planning to marry
was an atheist.
"We won’t let you marry an atheist," his
"What can I do? I love her," the young
"Well," said his mother, "if she loves
you, she’ll do anything you ask. You should talk religion to her. If you
are persistent, you can win her over."
Several weeks went by, then one morning at breakfast
the young mullah appeared absolutely broken-hearted.
"What's wrong?" his mother asked. "I
thought you were making such good progress in talking about religion with
your young girlfriend."
"That’s the trouble," said Nasrudin. ‘I
overdid it. Last night she told me she was so convinced that she wants to
become a nun!’
Editor’s Comment: A Caveat:
The authenticity of this Nasrudin joke cannot be vouched for…
A female passenger on a train from California to Oregon
was arrested for disorderly conduct after speaking for 16 hours on her
mobile phone in a designated quiet carriage. The woman refused to stop
talking even after staff asked her to stop using her mobile. When asked to
be quiet, the passenger became upset and police were called in.
Australian researchers at Flinders
University, South Australia have discovered documents indicating
that the British Government, in the late 1970s, carried out more
than 80 virginity tests on women seeking ‘marriage visas’ in
order to enter the UK. Until
now everyone believed that only two such tests had been carried
out at Heathrow Airport. Not so, say Marinella Marmer and Evan
Smith, the two legal researchers. Tests were carried out in New
Delhi and Bombay at British Embassies between 1976-1979. The aim
was to weed out bogus claims.
‘These practices occurred 30 years ago
and were clearly wrong,’ said a British official.
Reported in the ‘Huffpost World’