Obviously some of the politicians in Poland have not learned by the constant demands by Muslims in Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK. Catering to them just puts them a little closer to dominating the non-Muslims in your country. Wake up and worry about the majority.
Polish Muslims Want Rights
IslamOnline.net & News Agencies
According to most estimates, Poland is home to approximately 30,000 Muslims.
WARSAW — Muslims in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland are pressing for an overhaul of a longtime interwar law that denies the minority many legitimate rights, including the recognition of Islamic marriage and religious holidays.
"In the light of the current law, Muslims in Poland are discriminated against," Pawel Borecki, a professor in the University of Warsaw's Religious Law Faculty, told the Polish Radio on Wednesday, June 17.
Muslims want to amend a 1936 law that regulates relations between the state and the country’s Muslim Religious Association and defines the legal status of Muslims in Poland.
The legislation does not recognize Islamic marriage contracts, which means Muslims must tie the knot through civil marriage.
"A Muslim religious wedding still doesn't have civil effects," notes Borecki.
The law also obliges Muslims to pray for the state, the president, the government and the army during the weekly Friday prayer.
"Followers of Islam also still do not have a guaranteed right to celebrate their holidays," stressed Borecki.
Government officials and Muslim representatives are reportedly working on a draft bill which will abolish the controversial 1936 law and give Polish Muslims more rights.
According to the new text, marriages contracted in a mosque will have the same legal status as civil marriages.
Muslim scholars will also be able to issue halal certificates, confirming that a product is permissible according to Shari`ah.
Muslims should only eat meat from livestock slaughtered by a sharp knife from their necks, and the name of Allah, the Arabic word for God, must be mentioned.
The new bill will recognize Muslim religious festivals as holidays for the minority.
There are two main religious festivals on the Islamic calendar, the four-day `Eid al-Adha and `Eid Al-Fitr, which follows the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
At present, Polish Muslims are forced to work and attend schools and universities during `Eid and postpone their celebrations to the following weekend.
But under the new law, Muslims will be granted the right to take days off on their religious celebrations.
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