British Muslims

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...

Teenage Rebellion or Radicalisation of Schoolgirls in UK?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

Perhaps the so-called "radicalisation" of these schoolchildren has more to do with being groomed, or acting out to be a rebel, as opposed to well-thought-out politicised acts. The societal/familial background contribute just as much to their actions, something that is entirely overlooked in debates surrounding the radicalisation of British Muslim youth.

A British Muslim Journey From Protest to Engagement

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

If we are to prevent radicalization, Muslim disenfranchisement, and a generation of disengaged youth left vulnerable to fundamentalist ideology, we must find a way forward, and engagement and mutual cooperation lie at the heart of the answer.

Why Are Muslims Angry?

Abdul Hussain | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abdul Hussain

Pushing Muslims into a corner will only result in growing feelings of 'Us' against 'Them', intensified Islamophobia after 9/11 saw increased recruitment for extremist groups as angst reached a tipping point.

Calling Islamists 'Deranged and Deluded' Avoids the Real Issue

Denis MacShane | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Every time something cruel happens, the reflex is go into the rattle bag of clichés of condemnation. What that does is prevent serious thought about the politics and ideology behind the decision to fly a plane into the World Trade Centre, murder Daniel Pearl in Pakistan because he was Jewish, and now butcher James Foley because he was American.

FactCheck: What About the Britons Who Fight for Israel?

Channel 4 News | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Channel 4 News

There are around 100 British nationals serving with the IDF as we speak, apparently with no legal difficulties. But a Brit who trains or fights with any anti-Assad rebel group runs the risk of being jailed as a terrorist. If we are worried about young British Muslims heading off to the Middle East to receive military training, should we be equally worried about Jews?

British Muslims Have British Values

Sadiq Khan | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

British Muslims are an extremely enterprising community. They contribute over £31billion to the UK economy every year. Over 100,000 British Muslims are civil servants, doctors, lawyers and accountants. In London alone, small businesses run by Muslims employ over 70,000 people... The majority of people view British Muslims as contributing well to our national way of life. Let us build on and strengthen that. While I'm fasting this weekend - when I'm hungry and thirsty - I will be thinking about what I can do to promote a more positive view of British Muslims - I think we should all do the same.

What Does 'The End of Hipster' Mean for 'Mipsterz'?

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".

Imams Urge British Muslims Not To Travel To Syria And Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Religious leaders have called on British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq, amid ongoing fears of jihadis fleeing the country to take part in te...

British Muslims Are Asking: Are We All Extremists Now?

Museji Ahmed Takolia | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Museji Ahmed Takolia

This is the time for politicians of all hues to work with and not against the local and (new) national leadership in the Muslim communities. It may be weak and poorly organised, led largely by volunteers. But who is out there to engage with the Muslim community and bring a semblance of understanding and balance as well as practical support to the challenges they face to get things right?

Thousands Of British Muslims Gather To Denounce ISIS, Hear Messages Of Peace

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Thousands of Muslims have gathered across Britain today to hear a message of peace. More than 5,000 worshippers attended a mosque in Morden, south wes...

Who Is More Likely To Be Ashamed To Be British - Scots Or Muslims?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Scottish people are more likely than Muslims to say they are not proud to be British, a new poll has found, but the research also showed some non-reli...

Where Do British Muslims Stand on 'British Values'?

Michael Mumisa | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Michael Mumisa

The issue of great concern for most Muslim communities is not that they see a conflict between 'Muslim values' and 'British values' but that their children are growing up in a society in which such an imaginary binary opposition is constantly propagated by both politicians and 'extremist' elements within their communities.

Let's Be Honest About Britain's Islamophobia

Ben White | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ben White

'Muslim' vs. 'non-Muslim' distinctions are irrelevant to the biggest problems facing Britain and many other countries, such as economic inequality and global warming - the same crises caused and exacerbated by those who seek to distract us with fear and division.

The UK and Syria: Turning Anger and Passivity Into Constructive Action

Harry Shotton | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shotton

The focus on policing those who are emotionally affected by the situation in Syria does not deal with the crisis in hand. People have the right to be angry, and should be angry at the sheer death and destruction being wreaked on Syria by the regime...

Muslim Women Can Help Stop Youth From Going to Syria

Shaista Gohir | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Shaista Gohir

So what can Muslim women do to stop young Muslims from going abroad and getting involved in the Syria conflict? Well women can be the first to see behavioural changes amongst family members including a preoccupation with the Syria crisis.

WATCH: British Muslims Dance To Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Stop everything! We just found our new favourite 'People dancing to Happy' video (yes, they're still coming). "We Brits have a bad rep for being a ...

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

The Quarter Life Crisis

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

"I'm having a quarter life crisis" I declared grandly to my ridiculously talented friend Carmel. "Oh..." she remarked "...what's that?"

The Domestic Crusaders: Review

Reyhana Patel | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Reyhana Patel

Ever wondered what happens at a gathering of American Pakistani families? Then you must head to London to catch The Domestic Crusaders-a play about immigrant Muslims living in the American suburbs.

Ten Questions That Sarah Montague Could Have Asked the EDL's Tommy Robinson

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Was it an editorial decision by the Today programme bosses, out of fear of coming across as patronising or even 'left wing', to deliberately go soft on Robinson? Or did Montague and her team just not do their homework? Here are ten questions that I've bashed out over the past hour, which the Today programme could have put to the leader of the EDL.

How Should Young Muslims on the Streets of Woolwich Be Reading the Qur'an

Michael Mumisa | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK
Michael Mumisa

When I first saw the distressing news reports on television networks that a man thought to be a British soldier had been brutally murdered on the streets of London by two men in what was suspected to be an act of terrorism I immediately had a strong feeling that the killers would claim to be Muslims.

Are There Questions YouGov Should Not Ask?

Peter Kellner | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Forty years ago, as a young journalist, I learned that 'there are no indiscreet questions, only indiscreet answers'. In general, the same applies to polling. We do not create public opinion; we measure it. That opinion may give us pleasure or pain; it might reassure us or frighten us. The issue is whether it is better to know how people feel or to remain in ignorance.

The Government's Extremism Taskforce Must Address Foreign Policy for It to Have Any Chance of Success

Reyhana Patel | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Reyhana Patel

We need an open discussion on foreign policy where no one should be silenced for disagreeing or agreeing with mainstream political views. Will Afghans be better off when the troops withdraw? Was going into Iraq a mistake? Who is being held accountable for the killing of civilians? The majority of Muslims want answers to these questions.

Muslims Condemn Woolwich Attack: Facing Repercussions

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

The horrendous attack on a British soldier that took place in Woolwich was a brutal act that British Muslims, including myself, completely condemn. Many British Muslims now have to face the repercussions for the evil act that a deviant individual chose to inflict on an innocent member of society.