venerdì 10 agosto 2018

BRUXELLES, BELGIUM

EML condemns language used in British nikab row

There are already serious concerns about institutionalised Islamophobia within the ranks of the British Conservative political party and this has been further fuelled by hurtful comments made by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson comparing women who wear the niqab to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers".

So far, British Prime Minister Theresa May as well as the party's chairman Brandon Lewis have called on Johnson to apologise and additional pressure has been exerted by other senior members of the party including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi who fears his views over the nikab could trigger a rise in hate crime. 

Sadly the calls so far have been met with silence from the controversial politician who has a history of making Islamophobic comments including "Islam is the problem." 

The European Muslim League would like to express its disappointment over the whole Johnson affair which centres on an article over the decision by Denmark to join several other European countries in banning the niqab and burqa.

It is ironic that Johnson condemned the move but then chose hateful language to describe what he personally thought of Muslim women who choose to wear such garments.

EML agrees with the many human right groups who feel the bans against face veils in Europe are neither necessary nor proportionate. We also feel that many Muslim communities in Europe will be hurt and anxious over Johnson's personal views about the nikab and an early apology might go some way to diffusing the situation and easing the pain caused.

venerdì 13 luglio 2018

VATICAN CITY

A delegation of EML partecipated yesterday to the funeral of HE Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran involved from many years in the interfaith dialogue with other religions. Here our member Dr. Semso Osmanovic with the Secretary of State HE Bishop Pietro Parolin.

lunedì 9 luglio 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND

EML Secretary General Yvonne Ridley (I. Orange) at the British Parliament today where she addressed a meeting hosted by Lord Nazir Ahmed on international Islamic diplomacy.

mercoledì 20 giugno 2018

PIACENZA, ITALY

The President of EML Dr. Alfredo Maiolese, met in Piacenza the Grand  Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia Prof. Mustafa Ceric. They discussed the important role of European Muslim League for the muslim communities. The Mufti is also a member of the EML International Academy.

domenica 17 giugno 2018

BUCAREST, ROMANIA

The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) organized a workshop in Bucarest, Romania.
In this informal network of lawmakers and members of Parliaments from all over the world, engaged in fighting against religious persecution and for the freedom of beliefs and faith, also takes part the Inter-Religious Collaboration Center (IRCC). In the workshop, with 40 lawmakers and representatives of civil society from Balkan and Southern Caucasia, matters related to freedom of faith and belief in the two regions are being discussed. The representative of European Muslim League in Albania, Dr. Arben Ramkaj, and head of Inter-Religious Collaboration Center had been invited to the important event.

giovedì 14 giugno 2018

BERN, SWITZERLAND

As the Muslim world approaches the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the President Alfredo Maiolese, the Secretary General Yvonne Ridley and the European Muslim League would like to wish all our brothers and sisters across Europe and beyond Eid Mubarak.

We have observed this blessed month not only as a time of fasting but also a spiritual period in which we have time to reflect on we conduct ourselves among our families and the wider world.

Eid-ul-Fitr will signal a day of celebration and an opportunity to share that joy with families and friends but it is also a time when we reach out and show solidarity and support to all those less fortunate including people of faith and no faith trapped in war and conflict zones or buckling under the yoke of tyranny.

EML wishes all Muslims a joyous Eid-ul-Fitr and we also extend our peace and goodwill to others no matter who you are or how you pray. 

Let us resolve to work together in a spirit of unity and tolerance, for building bridges in this troubled world is the only sure way of finding lasting solutions towards peace, harmony and a better life.

sabato 2 giugno 2018

ROME, ITALY

On the occasion of the Italian Republic Day the President of EML Dr.Alfredo Maiolese expresses his most sincere wishes to the Italian Insititutions and popolation.