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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

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

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

Azerbaijan's Jewish Heritage - A Hidden Gem

Have you heard of Azerbaijan I asked the interfaith activist? No, was the response back and is that not a place in the East? Another activist blurted out reflexively saying, "isn't it some Russian state?"
22/04/2014 14:56 BST

The Woolwich Killers Must Not Be Allowed to Drive a Wedge Between Communities

As we move into 2014, we hope that both Far Right and Al-Qaeda influenced groups and individuals realise that we collectively as communities, will not allow them to drive a wedge between us as residents and neighbours. Collectively, we can also counter their belief that a clash of civilisations is inevitable. It is not and we alone can prove them wrong.
20/12/2013 08:50 GMT

Do Not Downplay Anti-Muslim Hatred Whether Online or Offline

Tell MAMA has recorded over 200 anti-Muslim incidents, both online and offline in nature, during the post-Woolwich period. Such incidents have included targeted hate statements and anti-Muslim abuse, through to property being damaged, anti-Muslim literature being circulated and mosques being targeted.
12/06/2013 18:08 BST

The Rising Scourge of Anti-Muslim Hatred

Our project reveals some disturbing findings. The majority of Muslims being physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith are women, according to MAMA's figures - and those doing it are white men increasingly likely to be linked to far-right groups.
12/03/2013 17:53 GMT

Faith Hate: The EDL Targets Faith Communities for New Recruit

Whilst more and more lights are shone on the EDL and its affiliates, we believe that the future may give these far-right organisations more oxygen, as economies weaken in Europe. More than ever, the voices of reason within faith communities are needed and there is a need for all of us to report faith-hate crimes where we see them.
25/09/2012 16:55 BST