Dilly Hussain
Dilly Hussain is deputy editor of 5FivePillarsUK

Entries by Dilly Hussain

The Need to Define "Normative Islam"

(1) Comments | Posted 14 February 2016 | (23:33)

Islam is the second largest religion in the UK with more than 3 million adherents. Muslims are regionally spread across Britain, covering a wide spectrum of ethnicities and races. With this come many challenges in the way Islam is understood by the wider non-Muslim population.

In recent months, and arguably...

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2016: The Beginning of The End of Prevent

(13) Comments | Posted 25 January 2016 | (00:12)

Speaking to The Guardian's Owen Jones last week, journalist Peter Oborne described how a "soft apartheid towards Muslims" was emerging in Britain. His assessment of the government's categorisation of good "secular Muslims" and bad "non-violent devout Muslims" was spot on. The compartmentalisation of Muslims was the inevitable outcome...

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My Sincere Advice to the "Mawlid Debaters"

(7) Comments | Posted 18 January 2016 | (00:33)

Over the past couple of weeks, social media has been inundated with controversial videos and statuses from two groups of Muslims on the permissibility of celebrating Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) birthday, known as the "Mawlid". In recent years, this debate has been commonly attributed to Muslims from "Salafi"...

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Syria May Not be Panem, But It's Full of Mockingjays

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (19:09)

I have previously ignored the continuous advice and recommendations from many film enthusiasts to watch The Hunger Games trilogy, based on the best-selling book. However, I recently caved in to the repetitive "you don't know what you're missing" statement that I often received for not watching the films, and after...

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Ten Tips for Britons Joining Aid Convoys to Europe

(1) Comments | Posted 22 September 2015 | (01:53)


PHOTO: Dilly assisting Waseem Iqbal distribute aid in the Sudanese quarter of "The Jungle" refugee camp in Calais.

After reading and seeing the media reports of the biggest refugee crisis to hit Europe since the Second World War, I decided to...

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The "Preventing-Prevent" Lobby is Gaining Momentum

(1) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (05:16)

The "Preventing Prevent lobby" is the new label that has been attributed to the groups and individuals of various ideological persuasions who oppose the UK Government's flagship anti-terrorism 'Prevent' strategy, which has now become statutory under the recently passed Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.

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Are British Muslims 'Disloyal' for Criticising This Country?

(28) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (01:45)

I had the pleasure of debating British history last weekend on the BBC Sunday Morning Live Show with lecturer and historian Kate Williams, editor of Breitbart London, James Delingpole, and Reverend Peter Owen-Jones.

The main discussion focussed around whether Britons should be "proud or ashamed" of...

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'What British Values Mate?'

(8) Comments | Posted 9 June 2015 | (04:22)

In light of the debunked Trojan Horse investigation of an alleged "Islamist plot" to take over Birmingham state schools, the passing of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in February, and the recent announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron of a new Counter-Extremism Bill, the...

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The 'Muslim Vote' - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't!

(9) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (06:59)

To vote, or not to vote - this is the question many Muslims are asking with a week to go until the General Election.

The British Muslim community's engagement in the political process has been a contentious topic ever since the dawn of the War on Terror, and the...

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Yemen: The New Battleground Front in Saudi Arabia and Iran's Cold War

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2015 | (00:44)

On Wednesday 25th March, Saudi Arabia's Defence Minister, Mohammad bin Salman, oversaw airstrikes against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. This is not the first time Saudi Arabia has intervened militarily in the affairs of a neighbouring state. A similar strategy was implemented in 2011, when Saudi troops...

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British Muslims Unify in Light of the CTS Act

(13) Comments | Posted 13 March 2015 | (06:10)

When the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill received Royal Assent on February 12, it had dawned upon Britain's Muslim community that a new era of 'McCarthyite witch-hunting' had begun. After 13 years of the war on terror, the CTS Act serves as one of the most damaging pieces of...

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What Happened to the "Beautiful Man" That Became Jihadi John?

(5) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (03:06)

Most humans, irrelevant of race, religion or ideology, would unequivocally condemn the coldblooded murder of innocent people, whether the perpetrator was "Jihadi John", named yesterday by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, or the thousands of Iraqis killed in an illegal war led by the US. The problems...

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The CTS Bill is a Step Closer to UK Becoming a Police State

(5) Comments | Posted 1 February 2015 | (22:48)

The government is currently trying to push through the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTS), which after 13 years of the war on terror serves as one of the most damaging pieces of legislation to affect the British Muslim community.

Once the CTS Bill passes, which it most definitely...

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The Battle for British Islam = Propaganda for the CTS Bill

(7) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (04:58)

I was quite disappointed when a blurred image of me featured in yesterday's episode of Panorama 'After Paris: The Battle for British Islam'. The image was lifted from an event discussing the 'Criminalisation of Islam' at SOAS, where I clearly remember BBC's John Ware sitting in...

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#ToddlerTerror Trends as Teachers Forced to Spy on Muslim Children

(16) Comments | Posted 4 January 2015 | (23:27)

As if asking Muslim mothers and wives to spy on their jihadi menfolk wasn't Gestapo enough, the Home Office is now expecting nursery school teachers and child-minders to report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists.

This ridiculous demand was stated in a 39-page document...

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"Theresa May Exiled Me to Pakistan Via a 'Secret Court'"

(12) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (03:31)

51-year-old S1 whose face cannot be shown for legal reasons with his youngest son and grandchildren in Pakistan. (Photo forwarded to Dilly Hussain by S1)

In light of the ongoing debate over Home Secretary Theresa May's new Counter-Terrorism...

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Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

(19) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (04:03)

On Tuesday, the world witnessed yet another mindless and despicable act of murder against innocent civilians. The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for an attack on the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, which killed 132 children, 10 teachers and three soldiers.

TTP justified...

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The Terror Case of Ryan McGee That Never Was

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (05:59)

'Terrorism' is defined by the British government and the MI5 as: "The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public, or a section of the public; made for the purposes of advancing a political,...

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The Criminalisation of Islam in The British Media

(214) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (04:45)

Professor Paul Baker of Lancaster University carried out a unique research entitled, 'The Representation of Islam and Muslims in the UK Press 1998-2009'. Along with three other academics, Professor Baker embarked on a rigorous study that involved the analysis of more than 200,000 articles, equating to...

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Black Friday Sales - A Fine Example of Unadulterated Capitalism

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (05:54)

Everyone loves sales. Whether it's the latest Xbox game, kitchen appliance or electronic gadget, people are always looking for bargains, especially during the run up to Christmas. But there's a stark difference between lining up for Boxing Day sales and the animalistic behaviour witnessed last week during the...

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