Anglican Samizdat

March 3, 2010

A pub called Medina

Filed under: Islam — David Jenkins @ 10:54 pm

Has provoked the ire of a Muslim – who really should get out more:

A MUSLIM leader has blasted a pub for using the name of holy city Medina – branding it an insult to his religion.

The boozer in Dundee changed its name from Bar Rio to Medina Bar and Grill after a renovation.

But this has sparked outrage – as Saudi Arabian city Medina is the second-holiest site in Islam behind Mecca.

Medina is also a term used for a market or trading centre in north African cities.

But Mohammed Bashir Chohan, chairman of the Dundee Islamic Society, last night said: “People are upset about it because Medina is a holy city. It does hurt when somebody misuses the name, especially if they are going to sell liquor.”

Medina is also the name of, among other things, a café in Vancouver, a food quality control company, a Rotary club, a board game, and a conspicuously burkaless singer.

And there’s at least one dog named Medina.



  1. Perhaps on purpose you are omitting the most famous Medina of all. The alcoholic beverage itself, popularized in the 80’s by Young MC & Tone Loc. And I quote,
    “So I got up and strolled over to the other side of the cantina /
    I asked the guy, Why you so fly? he said, Funky Cold Medina”

    Comment by David — March 4, 2010 @ 2:04 am

  2. Perhaps it is because of the intollerance and bigotry practices by so many muslims that their religion is growing in numbers. Not compromising on their beliefs does convey a certain amount of integrity. An integrity which is clearly lacking in the ACoC.

    Comment by AMPisAgnlican — March 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am

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