POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST

An Australian woman, aboard a train in Sydney, stood up for a Muslim woman who was allegedly being harassed for wearing a hijab. 

A report in the Independent says:

Stacey Eden claimed an older woman was accusing the unidentified Muslim woman and the man sat next to her of being an Isis supporter because she was wearing a hijab.

Ms Eden, from Sydney, said the alleged tirade began "a good ten minutes" before she started filming the woman, later uploading the video on to her Facebook page.

The footage shows the older woman who has not been named so far, sitting opposite to the Muslim woman on the train, asking "why do you wear it [a hijab] for a man that marries a six year-old girl?" 

The couple chose to remain silent but Eden responded: "She wears it for herself, OK? She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her."


The older woman continued: :Your kids behead people in Syria. […] Read the newspapers, 148 people, Christians murdered in Kenya. They’re killing each other in Syria."

Eden interrupted again at this point, telling her angrily: "Don't sit there disrespecting someone that has nothing to do with it. Have some respect. If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything."

The video has gone viral and Stacey Eden has been praised for raising her voice against Islamophobia and racism. 

In December 2014, after several people were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, Australians had come up with a heart warming reaction on social media in the face of adversity.

In a show of solidarity against a possible racist backlash on the Muslim community in Australia, #illridewithyou started as a movement to protect Muslims against Islamophobia.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST, Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST

At about 6 pm on Sunday evening, a young suicide bomber (said to be 18 years old) blew himself up in a crowd returning from the testosterone-heavy flag lowering ceremony held every evening at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah, near Lahore.

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST, Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 08, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 08, 2014 23:47 IST

Things got rather heated over radical Islam and Islamophobia on the HBO show 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on Friday, October 3. when Maher and his guests —author Sam Harris, Gone Girl star Ben Affleck, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Michael Steele— discussed ISIS and radical Islam. 

Maher essentially continued from the programme the week before when he had contended that "if we're giving no quarter to intolerance, shouldn't we be starting the mutilators and the honour killers?"

Since Ben Affleck, who objected to Bill Maher's "gross, racist, disgusting," ideas has been in the news even otherwise, we thought we should place on record what he actually said on the programme.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 08, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Oct 08, 2014 23:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 27, 2014 AT 23:40 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 27, 2014 23:40 IST

Way back in 2012, Salman Rushdie had called it a "piece of garbage", President Obama had appealed for its removal, his administration initially blaming it for the deadly September 2012 protests at the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya, but YouTube had refused to take off the Innocence of Muslims, a purported documentary on Prophet Mohammed's life, citing USA's freespeech provisions.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 27, 2014 AT 23:40 IST, Edited At: Feb 27, 2014 23:40 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Apr 07, 2013 AT 01:16 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 09, 2013 01:16 IST

I recently wrote a piece titled “Pakistan, myths and consequences”, in which I argued that Pakistan’s founding myths (whether present at birth or fashioned retroactively) make it unusually difficult to resist those who want to impose various dangerous ideas upon the state in the name of Islam. The argument was not that Pakistan exists in some parallel dimension where economic and political factors that operate in the rest of the world play no role. But rather that the usual problems of twenty-first century post-colonial countries (problems that may prove overwhelming even where Islamism plays no role) are made significantly worse by the imposition upon them of a flawed and dangerous “Paknationalist-Islamic” framework. Without that framework Pakistan would still be a third world country facing immense challenges. But with this framework we are committed to an ideological cul-de-sac that devalues existing cultural strengths and sharpens existing religious problems (including the Shia-Sunni divide and the use of blasphemy laws to persecute minorities). Not only do these creation myths have negative consequences (as partly enumerated in the above-linked article) but they also have very little positive content. There is really no such thing as a specifically Islamic or “Pakistani” blueprint for running a modern state. None. Nada. Nothing. There is no there there. Yet school textbooks, official propaganda and everyday political speech in Pakistan endlessly refer to some imaginary “Islamic model” of administration and statecraft. Since no such model exists, we are condemned to hypocritically mouthing meaningless and destructive Paknationalist and Islamist slogans while simultaneously (and almost surreptitiously) trying to operate modern Western constitutional, legal and economic models.  

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Apr 07, 2013 AT 01:16 IST, Edited At: Apr 09, 2013 01:16 IST
     
 
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