Two Muslim women told to stop praying in a public park are asking for a formal apology and a donation to Islamic Relief* charity, a well-known funder of terrorist groups like Hamas, from Dublin City Council (DCC) and the security company involved.
Irish Examiner One of the women, whose first name is Sajida, said they felt threatened and humiliated when the driver of a security van drew up and shouted that there was “no praying in the park” as they knelt in Griffith Park, Drumcondra, for one of the five daily calls to prayer that Muslims must observe.
Sajida, who moved to Ireland from Britain 17 years ago, said the women had “never experienced anything like it before”. Sajida said she and her friend had picked a quiet spot but had barely begun praying when she heard a loud honking.
A Manguard Plus van — Manguard is contracted by Dublin City Council to provide an out-of-hours park warden service — drew up a few metres away and, Sajida claims, the driver shouted at them there was no praying in the park. Sajida claims the man told them they needed a permit to pray.
“I asked him where did it say that, to show me the policy,” said Sajida. “He then said we could break our backs when we stood up and sue Dublin City Council. I told him five million people gather to pray in Mecca and we never heard of people breaking their backs.”
The women say they are now seeking legal advice in an advance of the inevitable litigation jihad (Does CAIR operate in Ireland?).
Last night, the women’s solicitor, Derek Stewart of Dublin-based Derek Stewart and Co Solicitors, said the women had not engaged him for the sake of personal financial gain. The threat of suing either Manguard or DCC could be averted if an agreement was reached on a charitable donation and an apology, he said.
“One area that appeals to them is that a donation be made to an Islamic Relief Fund*, said Mr Stewart. “What they are looking for is a goodwill gesture, coupled with an acceptable apology.” Both women felt the actions of the security man were “totally offensive and insulting”, Mr Stewart said.
May 15, 2013