Yousef Muhammad Ali faces trial tomorrow for criticising Islam

Jul 13, 2015

by Maryam Namazie

Yousef Muhammad Ali, born in 1987, faces trial on 13 July in Iraqi Kurdistan for criticising Islam. Please take urgent action right away and write to the Kurdish regional authorities to drop charges and to arrest those who have threatened him instead.


Yousef Muhammad Ali who spent many years studying Islam and Sharia law made a presentation in school on the Big Bang Theory. Islamists in his class instigated a fatwa against him. Also he faced threats when he criticised Islam on Facebook. Upon receiving a number of death threats, he contacted the police and filed a grievance against a perpetrator. His case was sent to a public tribunal in Darbandikhan, which rather than address the threats to Yousef Muhammad Ali’s life, had him arrested. He was then transferred to Sulaymaniyah jail. On 15th December 2014, his sentence was renewed until the 22nd December 2014. After campaigning by rights activists and journalists in Kurdistan and abroad he was released on bail on 17 December 2014. His hearing date is on 13 July 2015.


You can write to the below:

Kurdistan Parliament Email & Contact number:

Ministry of Justice Email & Contact number:

Kurdistan Regional Government Email:

Please also copy me in the emails so I can forward it to his solicitor:

7 comments on “Yousef Muhammad Ali faces trial tomorrow for criticising Islam

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    Miserablegit says:

    Of course religion cannot take criticism that is why it lashes out not just at its critics but those who do not agree with it.

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  • Perhaps a defence could claim he was criticising how people practice Islam, not Islam itself.
    This is so medieval. You’d think even a word from the USA would be sufficient to put a stop to this. What’s the point of invading countries if you can’t tell them how to run their affairs.

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  • Freedom of speech would continue to be elusive in Muslim cultures up to the time when they
    realize that no idea is immune from scrutiny and criticism,Islam is no exception. What chance of that happening this century?.

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  • I think the inability to accept criticism speaks volumes and prevents learning.

    But with the vast quantity of manifest evidence about the real World constantly bombarding their senses first hand and via the media, I can’t help wondering just how many religious individuals really and truly believe in what they’ve been told is true about their religion.

    Or is the human capacity for cognitive dissonance so great that we can entirely shield ourselves from reality?

    Although I think I’m probably as good as most at fantasising, I know when I’m doing it, and that I’m incapable of completely deluding myself; or, am I?

    Now there’s a thought!

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  • Iraqi Kurdistan is in the vanguard of the fight against ISIS. There is little prospect of the western financing authorities “interfering” in an internal Kurdistan affair. Actually it would probably be seen as counter-productive as it would enable ISIS sympathisers to brand Kurdish opposition to them as “Anti-Islamic”. Bad news for the brave and enlightened individual under threat, bad for the liberal sensibilities of we post-enlightenment liberals, but this is “Realpolitik”?

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  • Meanwhile “the religion of peace and tolerance” is in action in Pakistan!

    The Supreme Court in Pakistan has suspended the execution of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.

    Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for nearly five years, was given leave to appeal. No hearing date was set.

    She denies insulting the Prophet Mohammed, saying her Muslim accusers were acting on a personal grudge.

    Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan – critics argue laws are frequently misused to settle personal scores, often targeting minorities.

    The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil in Islamabad says this is the first time in the case that there has been a glimmer of hope for Asia Bibi.

    She was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and her case is one of the most controversial in Pakistan.

    Thousands have protested against her and said they would kill her if she were ever released – including the imam in her own village. Her husband and four daughters live in hiding and say they have received many death threats.

    Asia Bibi’s death sentence had been confirmed by the High Court in Punjab province in October, although no date was set. But on Wednesday, the Supreme Court suspended the sentence until the end of the appeal process.

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