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Fiyaz Mughal

Director and Founder of Faith Matters

Fiyaz Mughal OBE is director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline. www.faith-matters.org @FaithMattersUK

Anti-Muslim Hatred Has Gone Unchecked For Far Too Long

Simply put, my colleagues and I knew two things. We knew that a possible attack against Muslim communities may well happen within the bounds of a mosque, given the data of what we were seeing from cases reported in. Additionally, since May 2013 to September 2016, Tell MAMA staff recorded over 100 anti-Muslim hate incidents against mosques... Which means that now more than ever, we have to get to grips with an issue that has already taken two lives before.
21/06/2017 07:42 BST

Why Can't We Say What Is Patently Obvious? That Islamist Extremism Has Gone Unchecked For Far Too Long

After Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, the real issue is this: will we finally see a robust challenge to Islamist groups or will they be allowed to undermine trust between our police, the Government and our State, thereby making us more vulnerable? For far too long they have run amok framing themselves as David against the Goliath of Government. The reality is that Goliath has been asleep for far too long. Now it must be shaken from its slumber.
05/06/2017 08:45 BST

After Terrorist Attacks, Blaming, Abusing And Attacking Innocent Muslims Simply Supports Islamist Extremism

Sadly, we have picked up a significant and measurable spike in anti-Muslim hate incidents in Greater Manchester and across the country. Communities have come out in solidarity with each other and against terrorism and extremism. We need to challenge extremism, break the networks of the bombers and disrupt their activities at every turn. Let us also remember that we have to ensure that we collectively tackle anti-Muslim hatred when it rears it head after major Islamist terrorist attacks. If we don't and racists and bigots carry on with their actions, they are re-enforcing the very strategy that Islamist extremists want. That of division, increased vulnerability and the manipulation of young minds and we cannot allow that to happen any more.
28/05/2017 20:29 BST

‘Muslims Like Us' Encapsulates The Sheer Diversity Of Muslim Communities

For us within Tell MAMA, anything that challenges stereotypical and lazy views about Muslims is to be welcomed. This not only challenges the views of anti-Muslim bigots, it also challenges those who hold views similar to Abdul Haq and who believe that Islam and Muslims must behave and act in a specific manner or they are not deemed to be Muslim.
14/12/2016 09:10 GMT

#HelloBaku - The European Games Come to Azerbaijan

In just over three months, the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan will welcome athletes from across Europe in the first ever European games. Great Britain will send its largest contingent of athletes since the Beijing Games of 2008.
09/04/2015 17:41 BST

Relatives of the Khojaly Massacre Need Justice

On the 26th of February, spare a thought for them as they still campaign for the truth and the restoration of the dignity of their loved ones. That is the least that they deserve and which Azerbaijan asks for.
23/02/2015 12:39 GMT

Does Anyone Care That Shia Are Being Relentlessly Murdered in Pakistan?

The global silence on the targeting of the Shia in Pakistan is sickening... Next time you hear a political leader speak about human rights, why don't you ask him where his voice was when Shia were being murdered in Pakistan? The Shia of Pakistan are an asset to Pakistan which should be protected at all costs. As politicians have rightly mentioned, if Jews left Europe, Europe would not be Europe any more. Well, if the Shia of Pakistan left Pakistan, Pakistan would not be Pakistan any more.
17/02/2015 17:30 GMT

The Caliph, a Community and a Collective Sense of Identity

The Ahmadiyya community is regarded by some within Muslim communities as being a non-Muslim heretical form of Islam. Whilst some choose to take this position, others outwardly voice this position on social media with hate targeted at this peaceful and pro-active community...
25/11/2014 10:34 GMT

The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh Issue

The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions. Leaving President Putin to play the diplomat and honest broker between both parties simply means that Russia's influence on the region is maintained and surrounding satellite nations remain subservient to its geo-strategic and geo-political wishes.
22/09/2014 12:27 BST

A Chief Rabbi-Type Figure in Muslim Communities May Well Be Part of the Solution

As long as Muslim communities do not have the equivalent to a Chief Rabbi, sadly, there will be a space in the social sphere which will be filled by those who are less interested in the welfare of Muslim communities, and more interested in making a name for themselves. Now is the time to grab this challenge with both hands.
12/09/2014 16:39 BST

Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an Afterthought

As we move forward, we call for Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across the country to place anti-Muslim hate at the heart of their hate crime strategies. No longer can tackling anti-Muslim hate be an appendage or an after-thought on hate crime strategies and it must be placed front and centre with other protected strands so that citizens of our country, who happen to be Muslim, can live their lives free from bigotry
19/06/2014 16:12 BST

Shifting Sands in Iran Towards Recognition of Minority Faiths

Over a month ago, a significant shift took place in Iran regarding the status of minority faiths in the country. Before I go into this, Iran recently seemed to dominate my conversation with a young woman that I met by chance at a conference in Central London...
12/05/2014 10:05 BST