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

Entries by Fiyaz Mughal

Large Rises in Racially and Religiously Aggravated Hate Crimes Point to the Interconnectivity of National and International Issues

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (00:00)

The latest hate crime statistics for 2014/2015 were published yesterday and within them, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted a 15% change in racially aggravated hate crimes in England and Wales. The figures have risen to 42,930 cases in 2014/2015 when compared to 37,466 in 2013/2014. Correspondingly, there was...

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More Shia Dead as Extremism Becomes Commonplace in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (02:25)

In February of this year I drafted this article asking whether anyone really cared about the Shia of Pakistan. The brutal butchery committed by local extremist groups in Pakistan has reached such a point that some of the most peaceful communities in Pakistan are now being targeted on...

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#HelloBaku - The European Games Come to Azerbaijan

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2015 | (01:17)

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. With the Rio Olympics to follow it presents an opportunity...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (16:15)

The recent murders of Shia community members in Pakistan has not drawn out the shock and horror that other recent atrocities such as Charlie Hebdo developed. Granted that the attack on satirists was within the bounds of Europe, though the sheer brutality and scale of killings in Pakistan has not...

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Relatives of the Khojaly Massacre Need Justice

(1) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (13:49)

One of the longest running sores in the Caucasus has been the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. During the early part of 1992, military assaults on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, by Armenian forces (backed by Soviet troops), made piercing raids into Azerbaijani territories.

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Muslims Who Saved Jews in the Holocaust? Honour the Righteous Muslims

(63) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (21:56)

The Talmud and the Qur'an talk state the following: "And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:8 (37a), Qur'an 5:32

As Holocaust Memorial Day draws in on January the 27th, it is worth remembering the stories of the 'Righteous'...

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The Caliph, a Community and a Collective Sense of Identity

(3) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (01:16)

A few weekends ago, one of the largest gatherings of Muslims took place in the UK. The National Peace Symposium was held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, the largest mosque in Western Europe. It is a mosque that I have regularly attended and whilst I am not from the Ahmadiyya...

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Challenging Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Challenging All Forms of Bigotry, Within and Against Muslim Communities

(145) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (23:00)

Over the last three years, I have been involved in formulating, implementing and managing the TELL MAMA project that has built up a substantial amount of information and expertise in the monitoring, mapping and measuring of anti-Muslim hatred or Islamophobia. Our work has supported over 2,000 people nationally since mid-2012...

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The Turkish Jewish Community Is a Part of History and the Future of Turkey and They Must Be Protected

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (09:55)

My recent visit to the Chief Rabbis office in the heart of Istanbul was one of the highlights of what makes Istanbul unique and so special to me. The Aya Sofia, the history of the Ottomans, the Bosphorus and the influence of Turkish culture in the Middle East all make...

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

(2) Comments | Posted 20 September 2014 | (22:25)

Mention Azerbaijan and many will not have heard about the country in the UK or some may think that it is somewhere near Pakistan, since both end with the same two letters. Mention oil and gas and others, in the know on energy resources, will be able to comment on...

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

(7) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (16:29)

Having worked with faith communities for well over a decade now, there are strengths within all faith groups and there are, it has to be noted, some structural weaknesses within them. The de-centralised nature of advocacy and faith leadership within Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities means that localism has been...

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Persecution of Ahmaddiya Muslims in Pakistan Is a Continuing Stain on the Country

(1) Comments | Posted 29 July 2014 | (16:21)

At around 8pm on 27 July 2014, anti-Ahmadi extremists gathered at a pre-lanned meeting point at Kachi-pump in Gujranwala in the Punjab in Pakistan. They had gathered on the pretext that an Ahmadi young person had defaced a picture of the Khana Ka'bah, (the Sacred mosque in Mecca), on Facebook....

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Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an Afterthought

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (15:58)

About a week ago, an Essex based male made threats to attack mosques on-line and was reported into Tell MAMA and in August 2013, Geoffrey Ryan, 44, of Brick Kiln Way, threw a smoke grenade through the window of the Al Falah mosque in Silks Way, Braintree and...

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Shifting Sands in Iran Towards Recognition of Minority Faiths

(1) Comments | Posted 11 May 2014 | (03:34)

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.

About two...

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Azerbaijan's Jewish Heritage - A Hidden Gem

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (01:30)

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?"

Many over the age of 40 will remember Azerbaijan through the news reports in the...

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The Neo-Conservative Speaker, Douglas Murray, Is Simply Wrong It Comes to British Muslims and Extremism

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (15:19)

Douglas Murray has been at it again. In a December piece in the Spectator he attacked myself, and others, by suggesting we were opposing the Government's recent Extremism Task Force report. Describing how some are opposed to the 'prevailing common sense' about the need to overcome...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:42)

As the jury has just concluded the trial of Michael Adebowale and Adebolaje, we wanted to reflect on their actions and the impacts that they have had within our country. Apart from the brutal murder of a young man on the streets of our capital, these two young people attempted...

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Importing the Sectarianism That Drives the Conflict in Syria - The Case Against the Sectarian Preacher

(2) Comments | Posted 7 July 2013 | (16:53)

About three weeks ago, we were contacted through the TELL MAMA project by a member of the British Shia Muslim community who then went onto send us three links on a Saudi Imam called Mohammed Al-Arifi. (The TELL MAMA project supports victims of anti-Muslim prejudice and we also...

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Do Not Downplay Anti-Muslim Hatred Whether Online or Offline

(283) Comments | Posted 13 June 2013 | (00:00)

The last three weeks have brought out the best and the worst of Londoners. They have also shown us the best of what holds us together in this great metropolis as well as those who seek to divide and undermine community relations. From the murdering grins of the two young...

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A Multicultural Saint

(29) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (00:00)

The picture of our patron saint is not a simple one, says Fiyaz Mughal, as leading faith groups launch a 'St George 4 All' statement.

As St George's Day arrives today, 23 April, many of us will not understand the significance of a saint who is venerated in such places...

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