Parents can name son 'holy war,' says German court

3rd September 2009, Comments 1 comment

A German court ruled that the name Djehad, which means holy war in Arabic, had "very strong negative connotations" after the attacks of September 11, 2001 but that it was essentially "harmless."

Berlin -- A German court has upheld the right of a German-Egyptian man to call his young son Djehad, a name that means holy war in Arabic, a court official told AFP on Wednesday.

The court in Berlin said the name, often transcribed as Jihad and a common name in the Muslim world, had "very strong negative connotations" after the attacks of September 11, 2001 but that it was essentially "harmless."

"With the choice of the first name 'Djehad' for their son, the parents have not endangered the well-being of the child," the court ruled.

It added: "The fact that radical Islamists have recently used the word in the sense of an armed struggle against non-believers using terrorist means changes nothing."

The father of the boy, Reda Seyam, brought the case before the court after officials had refused to allow him to enter the name in the registry of births.

The 49-year-old Seyam was charged by Munich prosecutors last week with incitement to racial hatred and membership of a banned organisation, prosecutor's office spokeswoman Barbara Stockinger told AFP.

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  • good manners first posted:

    on 4th September 2009, 08:45:43 - Reply

    THE KORAN IS NOT A HOLY BOOK....IT IS THE MOST EVIL AND RACIST AND SEXIST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. IT IS A SLUR TO THE WRITTEN WORD. IT IS AN INSULT TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE. HAVE NO DOUBT. READ IT TO DISBELIEVE IT . ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD BE TRYING TO GET OUT OF ISLAM\\\'S CLUTCHES . ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD BE TRYING TO GET OUT OF ISLAM\\\'S CLUTCHES NOT ONLY FOR THEIR SAKE AND THEIR CHILDREN\\\'S SAKE BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR FOREFATHERS AND FOREMOTHERS WHO WERE CONVERTED TO THIS EVIL AND VILE CULT BY THE SWORD AND FRIGHT. FORGET CHRISTIANITY IF IT’S SUCH A BIG ISSUE …MUSLIMS NEED TO MOVE OUT EN MASSE TO SOMETHING LIKE BUDDHISM.
    MUSLIMS SHOULD START REALISING THAT THEIR FOREFATHERS WERE FORCED INTO THIS BLOOD THIRSTY CULT BY BLOOD AND SWORD.THEY BECAME MUSLIMS OUT OF FEAR NOT BECAUSE THEY LOVED ISLAM. THE NEW GENERATION SHOULD SET THEIR FOREFATHERS\\\' MISTAKES RIGHT BY GETTING OUT OF ISLAM EN MASE (IN BIG GROUPS) AND RETURNING TO THEIR OLD PEACEFULL RELIGIONS OF THEIR GREAT GREAT GRAND PARENTS BEFORE THE MUSLIMS CAME AND TURNED THEIR LIVES AND MORALS UPSIDE DOWN. WHATEVER IS PREACHED IN THAT CULT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT GOOD PEOPLE AND CITIZENS SHOULD BE. START THE CHANGE NOW. ONLY THE MUSLIMS CAN HELP THEMSELVES SMASH THIS EVIL CULT THAT HAS GOT THEM AND THEIR WOMEN AND CHILDREN BY THE THROATS.
    THE WEST SHOULD BE HELPING MUSLIMS WITH A FREE SERVICE OR A NOMINAL CHARGED SERVICE WHICH COULD TRACE EACH OF THEIR ANCESTRAL ROOTS OR RELIGION PRACTICED BEFORE THEY HAD TO BOW TO ALLAH OR DIE HORRIBLY. THEN THE CHOICE WOULD BE THEIRS TO CONTINUE IN THIS EVIL CULT OR OPT OUT TO WHAT WAS THEIR LIFESTYLE OR RELIGION BEFORE THE MADNESS CAME. THE SERVICE COULD BE CALLED BEFORE THE MADNESS . THE EDUCATED WEST HAS TO HELP THESE BARBARIC PEOPLE SEE THE LIGHT OF PEACE AND LAUGHTER SO THEIR CHILDREN AND WOMEN MAY APPRECIATE THE SUNLIGHT WHICH IS OUR PLANET’S BIRTHRIGHT.