British Muslims

We Need To Be Paying Our Imams A Fair Wage

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

There is no doubt that the roles and responsibilities of contemporary Imams have fundamentally changed over the years. Whereas initial Muslim migration to the UK would have been content with the Imam that led them in the 5 daily prayers, today's society requires a faith leader that provides a holistic service within the Mosque and effective engagement and representation outside.

It's Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits

Azi Ahmed | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Azi Ahmed

The armed forces need to think about how they can market themselves to Muslim communities. They need to hold open days at barracks and go into schools, trying to find a way of connecting with young Muslims and counter-acting the negative propaganda too many are fed through social media.

Why British Muslims Hate Extremism More Than You Do

Aaliyah Hussain | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Aaliyah Hussain

We are the ones who feel the full force of a racist backlash each time a terrorist attack happens. We are the ones who are made to feel guilty, on the defensive, anxious that our children will be picked on in the playground, or that our colleagues are whispering behind our backs. We are the ones who are abused, sworn at, spat at, pushed, punched, kicked, beaten and even killed on British streets. Our homes and places of worship are petrol-bombed and have faeces posted through their doors.

In The Wake Of The Westminster Attack, Londoners Need To Call Out Islamophobia

Yusuf Tamanna | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Yusuf Tamanna

If you see or hear any Islamophobic commentary in the wake of what happened in Westminster, please say something. Don't be that person who records a stranger spewing their vitriol on your phone and upload it to Twitter later to then voice your outrage. This does nothing. Speak up and let everyone around know that the opinions of an ignorant few do not represent that of the rest of London.

C4's Extremely British Muslims Fails To See Where Islam Ends, And Culture Begins

Yusuf Tamanna | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Yusuf Tamanna

I'm sure the producers of the show mean well and believe they are doing a good job by giving everyday Muslims a platform, but it's just a shame that culture, as it always seems to do, has got in the way of giving viewers a real look into Muslims in Britain.

Book Review: Tabish Khair, Just Another Jihadi Jane And Tariq Mehmood, Song Of Gulzarina

Claire Chambers | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

Since 9/11 and the onset of the War on Terror, there has been a surge of literary interest in Islam. Non-Muslim British writers including Martin Amis,...

Integration Is Everyone's Responsibility

Qari Asim | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The success of this Review will be judged by implementation of its proposals in an inclusive and compassionate way so as to avoid further suspicion, mistrust and segregation.

Mr Phillips, I'd Like to Ask a Question...

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

According to a poll recently carried out by Channel Four and presented by Trevor Philips last night I find that apparently I may be accepting of my hu...

Shambolic BBC Debate on British Islam

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

The problem with the rejectionist proposition is that they wish to throw out the baby with the bath water. You cannot cherry pick aspects of Islam. It appeared during the debate that they were interested only in embracing those aspects of Islam that suits them and rejecting those they disagreed with.

Sun Front Page Prompts More Complaints Than THAT Katie Hopkins Column

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

The Sun's front page on Monday, which claimed one in five British Muslims sympathised with Islamic State, has been subject of more complaints than the...

Islamophobia: I Will Not Let It Turn Fear Into the Norm

Mariya Hussain | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mariya Hussain

I woke up this morning, after hitting the snooze button one too many times, to the blaring headline of The Sun newspaper's front page, claiming that 1...

Heard the One About the Muslims Who Walks Into a Bar?

Asad Dhunna | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Asad Dhunna

A Muslim walks into a bar on a Friday night. The set-up already alludes to a preposterous story but bear with me. It's a good one. Said Muslim sits down and gets chatting to a well-meaning gentleman. The conversation flows as follows...

Book Review: Tariq Mehmood, You're Not Proper

Claire Chambers | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

The literary world is currently witnessing a boom in Young Adult fiction, but the state of diversity in YA writing is dire. Fewer than three per cent ...

British Asians: Don't Join the Steady March Towards the End of Tolerance

Museji Ahmed Takolia | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Museji Ahmed Takolia

It is a time instead to pause and reflect. For the sake of our children, we need to rediscover some old virtues that our parents came to this country with.

Making A Stand: Muslim Women Leading the Challenge Against Extremism

Sara Khan | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Sara Khan

It is imperative to our children that we, as mothers, entrepreneurs, leaders and activists, to teach our children that we are British and Muslim, and how these two things are in fact a complimentary fit. We refuse to allow extremists on all sides suggest otherwise.

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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 24.04.2015 | 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 22.04.2015 | 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 22.03.2015 | 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?