بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful!
Islamophobia report 2012
Politics

The present government renewed its relationship with some Islamic countries so the general feeling of the local muslims became better,and we think that the results of the foreign relations will improve the situation of the hungarian muslim community too.To strengthen the relations our Communinty is willing to give every help,if they request us for assistance.On the other hand the cooperation is stalling,an overall agreement would improve the cooperation.

Parlamentary parties

Presently there’s no especially Islamophob party in the parliament,but neither we can’t mention Islam friendly party too.We would appreciate the gratulations on our religious celebrations as it is happen on other religions’ celebrations.In the EU and the US they hold receptions for the muslim community ont he events of religious celebrations,but unfortunately in Hungary-except of a single parlamentary repreentative-neither the parties nor the leaders of the country did this earlier.Sometimes it is perciptable the antipathy from some parlamentary representatives towards muslims-however this is happen primarily because of the lack of collecting information and communication.Hereby we would like to tell,our mosque is opened for everybody and we welcome the non muslims too.

Refugees

We have serious problems!We have knowledge about serious abuses which we couldn`t treat because of the refusal of the authorities.We don`t get permanent entry permission into the refugee camps,there`s no halal meals,the complete religious practice based on the religious freedom is not solved,On the other hand we know that certain Christian linked charity organizations` employees have permanent entries in the refugee camps and we know about their missionary activities!These organizations works with government funds and support in the camps.In this area the situation improved very little because of the rejection of the immigration authorities.

Illegal migration, Police

On the government stage this is the area where we have the less problems,we have official cooperation contract with the Police,so we can be present at any problematic cases and get all support from the authorities.If there are problems,it is possible only on local stage and these cases are escalated phenomenons.I hope they will discontinue these types of problems in the future too.The most completest religious freedom operates in the area!The muslim prisoners are able to celebrate the religious fests and they have access to Islamic books.

Prison situation

The situation isn`t perfect yet but authorities never refused our entry request to visit the muslim prisoners.Unfortunately we hasn`t been able to have a comprehensive contract yet with the National Headquertes for entry permit in each prison.The nutrition is generally solved aside from a few individual cases.In this area the results are going better year after year.We hope that in 2013 we will be able to make the comprehensive contract and employ a permanent prison Imam.

Media

From the domestic media we would highlight the Index in two very serious cases: They alone published details from the movie which abused Prophet Muhammad (saw), and they published an interview with Sandor Nemeth (leader of the Hit Gyülekezete) which contains lies about Islam and some Islamic countries and the rectification has not done in this case,and the verbal correction from the Hit Gyülekezete is insufficient. The Index is the leader of the Islamophob media in Hungary.
Dzsihádfigyelő: (dzsihadfigyelo.com) internet site on hungarian language,but the site doesn’t placed on a local server and its owner and maintainer is unknown. We noted an incident in the last year and in this year the new media gave us the opportunity to report and take efficient steps to investigate the incident,and reported the incident about a rascist and discriminative comment and media content to the Internetfigyelő on 08.12.2012.Beyond the above highlighted two internet sites the Islamophob comments,manifestations which happens they are because of the lack of information collecting.We would like to say again,our mosque is open for all those who are interesting about Islam,and we are warmly welcoming the medias` employees regardless sex, religion or nationality. The ATV and the Hetek weekly magazine frequently publish islamophob and biased articles and reports. There are some other Islamophob and right wing blogs and portals like the kurucinfo.hu.Our community register the islamophob medias and do everything that their journalists wouldn`t be able to make reports about Islamic countries because it is known that the reports based on lies and half truths,and because they can harm the local muslim community too.

Daily life

Discriminations against muslims and other atrocities. Muslim sisters noted several times the discrimination because of the Islamic veil; for example on job interviews some sisters had been automatically rejected because of the hijab. Some muslims had been fired from their employment when their employer knew about their religion to be muslim. The armed bodies treat our religion as “national security risk” which we think is breach of the law and incompatible with the human rights.

Education: School, Kindergarten

There are discussions with several educational institutions and positive results will be reported about the muslim school soon Insha Allah.With the help of Allah (swt) we will open our Islamic kindergarten in 2013,and after that this sector won`t be as an Islamophobic area.

Society-Public perception

It can be said generally the less or more negative attitude towards muslims can be traced back on two reasons:-The media`s influence on the masses,which in many cases not intentionally,but from out of ignorance and lack of knowledge form a negative opinion about muslims and Islam.
-The writing of parts of the school books which dealing with Islam written and proofread by non muslims.The parts in the school book regarding other religions may checked and commented by the respective religion`s scientist.The new National School Curriculum didn`t gave us solution in this area:We still weren`t invited on proofreading and correcting,for this reason the mistakes and halftruths are still can be seen in the school books.

12.30.2012.

Hungarian Islamic Community


Islamophobia report 2011

LOCAL MEDIA

Népszabadság

This newspaper included in the report because in the current year it has been published some offensive sounded articles about Islam and muslims.Left-wing newspaper but approx since 2006 it give space for articles which criticize Muslims because of their religion.

ATV

Television channel in which,both the daily news and the channel’s webportal often appear articles and reports condemning Islam.One of the channel’s programme is Club 700-a neoprotestant tv show-in which one of the favourite theme/topic the offensive and hateful manifestations against Muslims.Need to note that,the majority of the channel`s owner is the "hit gyülekezet", officially registered organization in Hungary.
They represent liberal and left-wing political side.

Hetek

The weekly newspaper owned by the Hit gyülekezete.Often publish articles which are anti-Islamic and attacking muslims.As they are strong supporters of the state of Israel,they believe that all muslims are the enemies of the jews and Israel.They are the ideological supporters of Anders Breivik who committed the massacre in Norway.

Kuruc Info

Extreme right-wing,radical Internet newsportal.Interestingly,generally they support the Palestinians,but they crititize the American and Western-European Muslims with racist statements.Anti-semitic news site,and support the Palestians because of their opposition with the state of Israel.

Nazi blogs and Internet publishers

Since they don`t have serious influence,they are only marginally present in the media we don`t name them separately.Due to their antisemetism they show certain level of sympathy with the Palestinians.Those who show sympathy with the jews,they declare them as the enemy of the state.They treat the muslims and the jews on the same level.Racist groups.

Hírszerző

Israel friendly news site,which in its Muslim and Islam related articles,they almost write on hate related and negative voice.In the examined last year their negative voicetone slightly eased.

Index

Left-liberal news site,which is often publish Anti-Islamic and Anti-Muslim articles.They often relies on uncontrolled news sources which exclusively relates negative things to Muslims.Often they do their activities by hatred motivation while they trying to seem to be objective.They are leading the Islamophobic list for years.

Dzsihádfigyelő

New site among the Islamophob pages. Especially extreme,hate related netpage.

Politics

The current government restored its relationship with some Islamic countries,so the general conform feeling of the muslims are improved,we believe the results of the external relationships will improve the situation of the local muslims.

Parties of the Parlament

Currently there`s no especially islamophobic party in the Hungarian parliament.However there are some MPs who have allowed themselves,to express statements against Islam and muslims.One example is the previous prime minister`s statement about the Saudis.Unfortunately many times sensible,the negative attitude of some MPs towards muslims,which if they would be in power,it would be sensible physically.Only 1 parlamentary party had not respeonded to our repeated contact request and this is the LMP.We don`t understand.While in the US and other EU countries give representation to the Muslims religious feasts,unfortunately in Hungary except one representative,neither the political parties nor the country`s leaders have not done this gesture yet.On the other hand they did for the occasion of other religion`s festivals.

Religious Affairs Law 1-2-3

It`s an interesting story.It is necessary to create a new church-affairs law because there is lot of corruption,and there are many so-called fake and business religious organizations.But unfortunately the legislation and its history didn`t favour us,and experienced some serious problems.We hope that this matter will be resolved until 29 february.

Asylum

There are serious problems on this field!Serious abuses are known,which we couldn`t handle yet because of the authorities negative behaviour.We don`t get permanent entry permit into the refugee camps,muslim meals not provided.,and not solved the freedom of the religious practices.However certain Christian related Aid Organization`s workers have full entry permit,and we know about their religious conversion activities!These organizations are work with state support and government money in the refugee camps.Unfortunately the situation has not improved over the years due to the rejection by authorities.

Illegal immigration, police

On the state level,perhaps on this field are the least problematic cases,and we have cooperation contract with the ORFK,so we can get all help in any cases.If there are problems it is isolated and possible on local levels.I hope these problems will be solved in the future.There is complete religious freedom in this field.

Prisons

Not perfect but our entry permit requests have never been refused.Unfortunately we couldn`t sign a full contract with the National Headquarters for each prisons.The feeding is resolved except a few problematic individual cases.In this area the results are better year after year.

Everyday life

Discrimination against muslims and other atrocities
Sisters reported discrimination in several cases when they were discriminated for the hijab,for example on job interviews they were automatically rejected because for this reason.Some brothers were fired from their jobs when their employers became aware of their muslim religion.On 13 August,at the Budapest Mosque,two cars were burnt and several others damaged,including a foreign embassy`s car.The police took action with the charge of vandalism and quickly captured the perpetrator.

Education-school,kindergarten

Sore point that till this time we were unable to establish religiously managed school and kindergarten for muslim children.With the help of Allah(swt) it will be solved soon Insha Allah.

Attitude of the society

The less or more negative attitude towards muslims can be derived from two main reasons:-The media which has high impact on the mood to the population,which in many cases not intentionally but simply due to ignorance and uninformedly create negative opinion about Islam and the muslims.
-School textbook`s ,parts which dealing with Islam written and edited by non-muslimsThe book`s parts dealing with other religions always can be checked and commented by the religious scholars.Hopefully the new NAT will take this issue on account.

13 february 2012


Magyar Iszlám Közösség - Hungarian Islamic Community