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Malaysia: Government religious body rules “hot dogs” must be renamed

By: BBC Source: BBC Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists. Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the name might cause “confusion”. “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification,” he said. Malaysian halal food guidelines say “halal food and halal artificial flavor shall not be named or synonymous named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might...

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UK media watchdog declares bashing Muslim reporters an entitlement

By: Matthew Weaver Source: The Guardian The Channel 4 News presenter Fatima Manji has questioned whether the press regulator will ever prohibit hate speech on the grounds of religion after it cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over his criticism of her wearing a hijab while reporting on the Nice terror attacks. In an unsuccessful appeal against the ruling of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), she said its decision was “fundamentally flawed” and legitimised discrimination. In the appeal, Manji, said she and her family had to take safety precautions after she was “singled out personally by Kelvin MacKenzie because of my religion.”. The letter, seen by the Guardian, says: “This was...

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Fashion blogger launches hijabs for all skin tones

  By: Sarah Young Source: The Independent A Muslim blogger has designed a line of inclusive hijabs in an attempt to break the trend for lighter skinned model casting. According to the Fashion Week Diversity Report, the Spring Summer 2017 shows were some of the most diverse yet with more than 25.4 per cent of the models being non-white, but many – including Habiba Da Silva – believe more should be done. She is upping the ante with her new line of hijabs, saying she wanted to create clothing for people from all different backgrounds. She wrote: “[This] was inspired by many things. Firstly for my passion for cultures and traditions, secondly to break up the trend of having...

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