An Iraqi Muslim migrant misjudged his co-religionists when he thought they would be as amused as him at his new “I’m Muslim, Don’t Panic” t-shirt. He ended up in hospital, two fellow migrants ended up under arrest for GBH.
A 23-year-old Iraqi migrant was brutally attacked on Monday while making his way back to asylum accommodation in Berlin, Germany. Three men reportedly attacked him in Karl Marx Street, beating him senseless and tearing his clothing off him before fleeing.
His offence appears to have been a religious one, evidenced by the destruction of the shirt. It is understood the attackers may have misunderstood the humour behind the “I’m Muslim, Don’t Panic” t-shirt. Believing it to be critical of their religion, rather than an ironic comment on the attitude of others towards it, they decided to give the wearer a reason to panic.
Soon after the attack two men — a 27-year-old Syrian and a Lebanese 33-year-old — were arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.
The German daily newspaper Berliner Morgenpost has reported that police specialising in politically-motivated crimes will be investigating whether there was any previous trouble between the three assailants and their victim, or whether it was indeed the “I’m Muslim, Don’t Panic” t-shirt which inspired their violent attack.
If it was the men may have been following the advice of the late Ayatollah Khomeini who once preached:
“There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”