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Ham stuffed in shoes of muslim worshippers

6 June 2011 General 24 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

A man stuffed ham into the shoes of Muslim worshippers at a mosque, a court was told.

Jamie Knowlson stuffed ham into the shoes of Muslim worshippers at a mosque

10:15AM BST 06 Jun 2011

Jamie Knowlson, 30, also draped slices of meaton railings outside the mosque as his victims prayed inside.

He was then caught on CCTV hurling abuse at worshippers after they confronted him over his act.

Islam teaches its followers to avoid pig meat as it makes them impure and unclean.

Knowlson initially told police the stunt was a drunken joke but later admitted that he was fully aware of the offence his actions would cause.

He pleaded guilty to causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment and could have been jailed for up to two years.

But he walked free from Bristol Crown Court with a suspended six-month prison sentence because he had returned to the mosque to apologise for his actions.

Sentencing, Her Honour Judge Carol Hagen said: ”It is difficult to imagine a more offensive incident.

”Not only the fixing of meat to railings but aggravated, in my view, that members of the mosque were inside praying at the time.”

The court heard that Knowlson, from Kingswood, Bristol, targeted the Al-Baseera mosque in the St Judes area of the city which is used by more than 2,000 Somali Muslims every week.

He crept to the mosque from nearby Redwood House homeless shelter on January 9 this year – putting ham in footwear and on railings outside the building as worshippers prayed.

CCTV footage showed him returning to the shelter, where he was confronted by the mosque’s caretaker Abdi Djmaa.

As Mr Djmaa returned to the mosque he heard shouts of ”the next visit will be harder”, ”bad meat” and ”girls” coming from the direction of the building.

David Hunter, prosecuting at Bristol Crown Court, said it had been a premeditated attack specifically targeted at the Muslim community.

Ian Halliday, defending, said: ”This was a brutal, misconceived, drunken prank. He returned to the mosque and offered his apologies in person.”

Knowlson sat in tears as he was handed a six-month suspended sentence and 150 hours of unpaid work.

A second man is due to stand trial in connection with the incident later this month.

After sentencing, Mubarak Mohamud, one of the three imams at the Al-Baseera mosque, claimed the inflammatory act had upset the Muslim community.

He said: ”There wasn’t anger, people were more upset and shocked.

”We don’t eat pork and we are banned by our faith from eating it, as it makes us impure when we are going to our prayers.

”We don’t hate the man – we just suppose he doesn’t know us.”

Knowlson refused to comment after leaving court.

A drunken reveller had urinated through the letter box of the same mosque a few years ago.

Original post: Ham stuffed in shoes of muslim worshippers


  1. “Islam teaches its followers to avoid pig meat as it makes them impure and unclean.”

    why does pig meat make one impure and unclean?

  2. Mike, in both Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam, as well as within the Bible of Christianity, many types of food and actions were banned over clealiness. This is just one example. Judaism is the source for these commandments and it was passed to Christianity where it was passed to Islam. The more egregious offense to me is that someone would intentionally look for a way to attack someone based on their faith in order to terrorize innocent individuals. I wonder how Jamie Knowlson would have felt if atheists loaded up a baby Jesus with aborted fetuses and placed it outside of the homeless shelter on Christmas?

  3. @Mike

    It’s an arbitrary rule, like any goofy religion. Why to Catholics eat crackers on Sunday? Why can’t Jews make phone calls on Saturday?

    The point is, it’s their religion and so long as they respect our humanity and our rights we shall respect theirs.

  4. Mike pig meat is forbidden even in the Bible. I use to eat pork, until I did some searching on it, because I was wondering why is pork meat forbidden? Well, pork meat carries parasites, many different types of worms, tapeworms is one, the searching I did I found that even cooking pork meat doesn’t kill half of the parasites and worms. If one of those worms gets into your blood stream, it can go to your heart, and your brain. There was a lady that had brain surgery and they found she had worms in her brain, I guess she had ate pork meat and started having headaches and other health issues. Pigs eat anything, and I mean anything, and they wollow in their own filth, granted sometimes it can’t be helped, but these ppl who grow the pigs for our markets are not clean about it. Have you seen the documentary called “From the Farm to the Frig”, trust me the meats we get at the big markets should not be sold. Anyways that alone made me say uh no no more pork. Pigs are for pets, not for food. 🙂

  5. to Mike, asking about pig meat making one impure.

    In both Islam and Judaism there is a dietary ban on pork, along with other meats, and this is how it was explained to me by some Jewish friends. I’m sure the same applies to Islam as Judaism is its parent religion.

    There is a practical reason behind dietary restrictions. In the Middle East, where Judaism, Islam, and Christianity were founded; it is a desert area with little access to water in most places. Pigs require just as much water as humans to raise into adulthood, so raising a pig to a likely poor farmer would be like having another child, without the benefit of its labor. As such, the easiest way to help people from not making the mistake of using up water is to make it a religious rule to not raise pigs. Islam being founded in the same area, they kept the dietary restriction.

    No animal is truly ‘impure’ per say, it was most likely just impractical to raise them, for one reason or another, in the desert area. The tradition has been kept purely for tradition’s sake.

  6. Allah told us to stay away from pig meat. So we do. And do to something like this to anyone, regardless of their faith, is wrong.

  7. @Mike – because pigs are disgusting, filthy, unclean animals that will eat ANYTHING – excrement, their own deceased young, each other, it’s sickening…God forbade Muslims (and Christians, and Jews) from eating pig flesh; Christians feel it’s okay to ignore that rule, but Jews and Muslims obey it.

  8. I would agree with Monster’s comments, but at the same time I would point out that actually the Muslims at the mosque in question didn’t EAT the pork, so that wasn’t really the nature of the problem. However, any physical contact with the pork may render them “impure” for ritual purposes such as prayer. And the presence of the pork at/in the mosque itself is certainly inflammatory, insulting and disrespectful.

  9. monster – thanks for the answer, but i’m pretty sure many animals will eat their own or even other animals excrement. i’ve personally seen a dog do it. in fact it is neccesary sometimes. goats eat anything? lots of animals scavenge. i still don’t get why the pig is singled out?

    Young elephants, pandas, koalas, and hippos eat the feces of their mother or other animals in the herd to obtain the bacteria required to properly digest vegetation found on the savanna and in the jungle. [1] When they are born, their intestines do not contain these bacteria (they are completely sterile). Without them, they would be unable to obtain any nutritional value from plants.

    funny a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago told me that two peole in her company had to get poop transplants because of a disease they contracted. i had never heard of such a thing before. don’t remember the name but i think this must be it.

  10. Though it no longer amazes me, mike’s comments show him to not only be ignorant of the Holy Qur’an, but the Bible as well. Unfortunately, he, along with too many Christians, ignore the portions of the Bible of the Old Testament where it conflicts with their current actions.

    Besides, if the dud in the article was doing his misdeed in ignorance, why didn’t he stuff the Muslims’ shoes with beef, chicken, turkey or fish? He knew exactly what harm / haram he was doing. He was doing the bidding of the devil.

  11. Hey Monster, takes one to know one. Oink Oink.

  12. 2prez,

    first let me say i’m ignorant of much, as a matter of fact i would assume i am ignorant of more than i’m knowlegable of. i realize that the koran forbids eating pig as well as carrion. i can understand not eating roadkill. my question is WHY forbid eating pig? it is an excellent protein source and given that it can go from a piglet to 250lbs in about 6 months. its an economically viable and very efficent way to produce large amounts of meat.

    i was confirmed a catholic at age 12, but after having read the bible, i am no longer a christain because of silly laws like this. also that whole allowing for slavery thing, seems ungodly to me. so yes i ignore the entire bible. “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.” Deuteronomy 14:8
    anyways can anyone give a logical reason not to eat pig. my first comment, showing that many animals eat feces and carrion is held up in moderation.

    [2.173] He has only forbidden you what dies of itself, and blood, and flesh of swine, and that over which any other (name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked; but whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring, nor exceeding the limit, no sin shall be upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

  13. that was weird, all the comments between my first question and halima’s comment just now poped up.

    anyways thanks to all the insightful responses from jose, diana, and eric.
    eric that is a very interesting therory.
    diana, yes i’ve heard of trichinosis. but there is also e coli, salmonella, etc. etc. why not forbid eating raw oysters. and it begs the question that if god wanted us to be free of these dieses, why create them in the first place?

    but a special thanks to dueceprez, you never fail to call me ignorant. yet never manage to impart any knowledge what so ever. LOL

  14. These people who commit stupid, nasty behavior like that are seriously mentally challenged. There is no excuse for this stupidity and disrespect of other people’s religion. Mind boggling how mean spirited and reprehensible people can be when they are intolerant of differences.

  15. I like the fact that a good portion of the world does not eat pork. Look at Oil, China started using it and the price went through the roof. If Muslims and Jews started eating pork the price would rise to 10 dollars a pound. I will just continue to buy my pork chops and eat my BBQ ribs at reasonable prices.

  16. I am a graduate student with a Masters degree in Religion, and I can assure you that Islam is indeed a peaceful religion. There are over one and half billion Muslims. Do you really think there are one and a half billion terrorists? Only about 20% of Muslims are Arabs or of Arab descent. Islam is truly global. The insane actions of an extremely high-profile bunch of fanatics makes Americans think about as rationally as a squirrel on crack. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. The lunatic Muslims are followers of a nutjob named Wahab who took the violent verses in the Qur’an (written when Muhammad and the very early Muslims were being beaten, stoned, tortured, starved, and put to death by pagan Arabs, and the Muslims finally began to fight back, and won) and applied them to here and now instead of in their proper historical context: then and there.

    It really is that simple. The Qur’an is as mild as milk compared to the Hebrew Bible aka the “Old Testament” which prsents God as being on an almost nonstop murderous rampage throughout Palestine, blowing his stack and killing his “chosen people” at the drop of a yamakule, and ordering them to murder not just men but women, children, toddlers, infants, babies, thr elderly, and to rip unborn babies from the wombs of pregnant women (its in Hosea). Islam, ac practiced by all but a few hundred or few thousand out of over a billion and a half Muslims, is peaceful and tolerant indeed. It is Christians who are intolerant, drunk, violent, ignorant, stupid, clueless, uncouth. bigoted, ignorant again, and as offensive to an intelligent, educated and cultured person-such as myself–as limburger cheese slathered on two horribly stinky feet.

    Read my first book JEHOVAH UNMASKED! The True-Identity of the Bible-God Revealed.

  17. mike:

    Here’s a follow-up question: Seeing that you’ve researched the facts, what is the purpose of asking others for the same facts that you’ve already researched and found? Checking to see if others have found the same facts?

    Be mindful: The root word of ignorance is ignore. From what I’ve seen posted by you in this forum, you tend to ignore the facts presented to you, even by your own recent admission, so it’s not as if I’ve called you out of your character.

    c. riley:

    To each their own. It does not harm me one bit to know that you and others eat those 4-legged garbage disposal units. Feel free to also have my share that I may have eaten had I not wised-up….

    With so many non-pork options, there’s no reason or necessity to to eat pork. But, to eat or to not eat the swine is a choice we all make. And the latter is, by far, the wiser of those 2 options.

  18. Mikey:

    As an FYI —

    The word is “whatsoever“, not “what so ever“.

    There’s some basic English grammar knowledge imparted for you…. AS IF your claim was valid, anyway….!!

    LOL that!

  19. dueceprez,

    LOL, thanks boss. me grammer bad, no doubt. speling even bader. as for your follow up, sorry follow-up. the point of asking questions is to get a diversity of opinion and perhaps facts. eric put forth a hypothises i’ve never heard of. and it’s the first one that makes sense to me. haven’t researched whether the whole water usage think is possibly right yet.

    what FACTS have i ignored? are you saying the bible is FACT? aren’t you muslim?

  20. Hey now let us not call these porkers names. Walking disposal units casts a negative connotation upon these hogs. We swine lovers like to call them Biological Recycling Centers.

  21. nathaniel,

    no i don’t believe all muslims are terrorists nor that all terrorists are muslim. i’m more than willing to accept the numbers put forth by this website in the galloup poll. .04% of muslims support terrorism. 1,500,000,000 x .04 = 60,000,000!!!! so no the shy is not falling but there is reason for some concern. not to mention less than 20 terrorist kill nearly 3000 americans in one day.

    as for your comments about the torah, you confuse me. do not the muslims hold the torah to be a sacred text along with the new testement and koran. did not muhammad apply the laws of the torah?

    also, it’s interesting that you seem upset by people thinking that wahhabist represent all muslim and you point out the ethnic diversity of islam and then say “It is Christians who are intolerant, drunk, violent, ignorant, stupid, clueless, uncouth. bigoted, ignorant again, and as offensive to an intelligent, educated and cultured person-such as myself–as limburger cheese slathered on two horribly stinky feet.”

    isn’t there an article currently posted on this website where christian are sharing their church with muslims? seems tolerant to me.

  22. nathaniel,

    some people disagree with you. “Karen Armstrong, former US “emissary” to Islam, states that Osama bin Laden, like most extremists, followed the ideology of Sayyid Qutb, not “Wahhabism”.

    and your discription of wahhab doesn’t seem very accurate. it appears his main concern was idolatry, in the form of saints and gravesite monuments? and blind following of “religious leaders”?

  23. Many religious rules are based on ignorance rather than wisdom. True, in earlier times one could get trichinosis from uncooked or under-cooked pork. But thorough cooking removes this problem. Bovine tuberculosis has affected animal and human health since antiquity. Bovine TB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, can easily be transmitted from livestock to humans. No other organism has as great a host-range as bovine tuberculosis, which can infect all warm blooded vertebrates, but no religious ban so far as I know. Modern sanitation obviates any of these problems.
    And there are other diseases that can be transmitted to humans from sheep or goats, again, no religious ban.

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