Nottingham-based Muslim radio station falls foul of Ofcom

Nottingham-based Muslim radio station falls foul of Ofcom December 19, 2017

For the second time this year, Radio Dawn has fallen foul of rules laid down by UK broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.
Last December, the station broadcast a piece of devotional vocal music known as a nasheed that praised the Taliban which included the line:

It must be understood that justice will only be handed out at the point of the sword. 

When Ofcom censured Dawn in August, Karimia, the licensee, said it was “extremely embarrassed by what happened” and that it did “not agree with any of the content”. The licensee assured Ofcom it was:

Against any type of material, which encourages or promotes such discriminative and negative messages of Islam.

It explained that staff were away on holiday on the day of broadcast (26 December 2016) and, as a result, Radio Dawn was automatically broadcasting pre-recorded material. The nasheed had been downloaded from the internet in 2013, “possibly by a volunteer”, and had “never been broadcast before”.
Well, Radio Dawn has found itself in trouble with Ofcom again – this time over advice given by scholar “Mufti1” to a caller in a phone-in programme regarding fasting and diabetes. In May this year the caller was told  that Muslims with health issues should only consult Muslim scholars or Muslim doctors.
The station, according to this report, apologised and said that:

On no account was it the intention of the presenter or Radio Dawn to suggest to listeners that they do not seek appropriate medical advice.

The reason “Mufti!” told the caller to consult a Muslim doctor with Islamic knowledge was because such a doctor would:

Understand the Islamic theology and the importance of fasting within a qualified medical context.

The licensee stated that this was:

Based on well-known theological opinion. A Muslim doctor, whilst having a full appreciation of the medical requirements of the patient is likely to have a better sense of being able to suggest a range of options from modifying some medications, to continuing with the fast only if it was perfectly safe, to not being able to keep the fast.

Ofcom’s ruling this month acknowledged that some listeners to the programme may prefer to consult a Muslim doctor. However, Ofcom considered that advising listeners to disregard the medical advice of a non-Muslim doctor suggested to the audience that a non-Muslim doctor was not capable of treating Muslim people.

We considered this was discriminatory and potentially offensive, not only to non-Muslim people, but also to members of the Muslim community.
Ofcom considered therefore that the content was likely to have exceeded listeners’ expectations for a programme of this type. In Ofcom’s view there was clearly insufficient context to justify the offensive and discriminatory statements.

And while on the subject of advice given to Muslims, it is reported here that, in an effort to get Muslim men to grow beards, a Turkish preacher,  Murat Bayaral, said that clean-shaven men with long hair “cannot be distinguished from women”, which can cause “indecent thoughts” to occur between males.

Appearing on religious station Fatih Medreseleri he said:

Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard.

He went on to describe a possible scenario in which a man could find himself having “indecent thoughts” about another man.
“For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays women and men dress similarly. God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts,” he said, apparently referring to same-sex relationships.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Radio Dawn report)

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  • Alan C

    Thank fuck I have a beard and cropped hair, would hate to get raped by a ‘religionist’™

  • barriejohn

    Gay men never sport beards or shaved heads, do they? I’m pissing myself laughing at that.
    PS How would he know anything about “indecent thoughts” between males?

  • John the Drunkard

    Just what sort of ‘Muslim doctor’ might he mean? The ‘obligation’ of fasting isn’t supposed to include the sick, or people at war etc. etc. So one would think that a ‘Muslim’ doctor’s advice would match that of any other sane doctor.
    BUT…in the constant performance of stringent piety that modern Salafists demand, thousands of Muslims risk, and may lose, their lives making a public display of fasting when the actual instruction book says otherwise.

  • AgentCormac

    One of the two body parts that separate men from women? I can certainly think of a few more than that.

  • barriejohn

    AC: Including woman’s extra rib, no doubt. I knew many Christians who believed and taught that, and some Muslims do as well, even though the Koran has a different creation narrative to that of the Bible (and much superior, according to them!).

  • tonye

    Lets be honest, a ruling by Ofcom is hardly likely to worry anyone. It’s been a long time since they were relevant.

  • Italian Scallion

    Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard. Also, a woman’s extra rib? Please, give me a break. Anything the bible or the koran says is nothing but pure bullshit. Anyone that believes otherwise is an idiot. Why would anyone let some make believe jerk in the sky dictate what they can and cannot do?
    I still say that “ALL” religion should be abolished, especially the most evil of all religions, Islam.

  • Broga

    All this religious bullshit is such a waste of time. And yet the fools rush to take it seriously.

  • L.Long

    Another religious dimwit showing us all how easy it is to be st00pid!

  • AgentCormac

    Ah, I’d forgotten about the spare rib nonsense. One more to add to the list of physical differences between men and women that the dimwit seemingly forgot about – or maybe hasn’t actually noticed.

  • RussellW

    Muslims spend so much time and energy on this drivel, it’s not surprising that their civilisation hasn’t produced any significant advances for the last thousand years.

  • 1859

    They see a man with long hair from afar and, thinking they have spied a woman, they get ‘indecent thoughts’.
    Doesn’t this say it all – muslim men must be so sexually repressed that the moment they see – or think they see – a ‘woman’, their dicks spring into action and banish all thoughts of normal of civilised behaviour. And the answer? Grow beards. Pathetic.

  • Cali Ron

    Of course muslim men have indecent thoughts. To think the bible or Koran are the word of God is indeed, an indecent thought, as well as ignorant. Pathetic sheep,have to be told what to to think and do, when to do it, why and with whom to do it. To be religious is to practice self induced mental slavery.

  • StephenJP

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action” – Ian Fleming.
    Radio Dawn must have one shot left,then.

  • Smokey

    My beard/ponytail combo must be confusing to them. Throw in my rainbow-coloured socks, and watch their heads ‘splode. I also ride a women’s bike while wearing a pink helmet (mainly because car drivers are more considerate to women bicyclists).
    And I’m a straight man, a proud owner of a penis and a Harley-Davidson.
    (If anyone needs some space around the crotch area while riding a bike, it’s a man. Ball-owners know what I’m talking about.)

  • Philip Smeeton

    You cannot, and never will be able to, trust a Muslim. To them lying is second nature.

  • L.Long

    Philip…fixed it for you…
    You cannot and never be able to trust any religious person! Lying is their primary nature!
    As in saying “I KNOW….” when you have absolutely NO evidence for the stated point, is called LYING! So that includes all preachers in all religions! And most of the believers!

  • Vanity Unfair

    One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard.
    Wouldn’t the beard obscure the Adam’s apple?
    I’m old enough to remember the bearded lady in fairground side-shows.