British Muslims

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 02.03.2014 | 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.

The Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Style
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

We are also seeing a new generation of highly-talented designers such as Elie Saab, Robert Abi Nader Abed Mahfouz, Walid Attalah, Essa from the UAE and others who continue to impress the international fashion world with their fusion of modern and Muslim-inspired elements into their ensembles.

Anti-Semitism? Not at Our Dinner Table

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

While I support Mehdi for ‎taking a stand against anti-Semitism and urging Muslims to be as diligent in denouncing it as ‎they are Islamophobia, I reject the presumed community complicity implied by his reference to ‎‎"our dirty little secret". ‎

The Sorry Truth Is That the Virus of Anti-Semitism Has Infected the British Muslim Community

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn't just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it's routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article - if they are honest with themselves - will know instantly what I am referring to. It's our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.

Anti-Muslim Attacks: Telling MAMA Is Not Going to Solve the Problem

Sofia Ahmed | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sofia Ahmed

Islamophobia has not only passed the dinner table test but it has permeated British society at every level. The media, politicians, security services, policymakers and other public institutions can all be held responsible for the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment over the past few years.

Kasim Hafeez, British Muslim and a Proud Zionist

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK
Hannah Gal

The illuminating visit to Israel has transformed Hafeez's life. 'The idea of an apartheid state was dispelled within half an hour of arriving in Jerusalem' he says.

Felicity A Morse

British Man Extradited On Terror Charges Pens Love Sonnet To Home Secretary

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK Politics

Talha Ahsan is a British poet and writer who was extradited to America to face terror charges in September. He suffers from Aspergers, like Gary McKin...

Felicity A Morse

Terror Suspect Talha Ahsan 'Kept In Solitary Confinement 23 Hours A Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK

Talha Ahsan, the British man extradited to the US on terror charges, is spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, his brother has revealed. ...

British Muslims Split Along Sectarian Lines Over Arab Uprisings

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
H.A. Hellyer

For more than a decade I have been studying the community dynamics of Muslim Britons. Their views on the Arab uprisings are intriguing: sectarian fears, disappointments, scepticism, hope and ethnic concerns are all there.

Literary Controversies Since the Rushdie Affair

Claire Chambers | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Claire Chambers

The British protests against Rushdie's novel and these more recent protests are commonly understood in terms of the free speech versus religious offence argument. But it is important to think beyond this limiting binary to attain a greater degree of intercultural understanding in twenty-first century Britain.

Muslims Protest Against H. G. Wells Book in 1930s Britain

Rehana Ahmed | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Rehana Ahmed

The publication of Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton will inevitably give rise to reappraisal of the Satanic Verses affair. In this pair of articles, we look backwards and then forwards in time from this dispute to other controversies involving religious protests against creative works to add historical depth and complexity to the debate.

Citizen Khan't

Tez Ilyas | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Tez Ilyas

Islam doesn't have a history of satire and Muslims don't take ridicule of our religion lightly. However, it seems that Muslims today measure their faith by how angry they get when offended.

Why I Spent a day Fasting This Ramadan and What I Learnt

Jon Ashworth | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Over 3000 Muslim athletes competed in the Olympics earlier this summer and at the same time it was Ramadan. Like thousands of my constituents in Leicester, many of those athletes will have observed the fast.

Anatomy of a Hitchens Hatchet Job

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Words have consequences. Your recklessly inaccurate, inflammatory and irresponsible column only indulges the Islamophobic fantasies of the UK's violent, far-right crazies - and encourages them to make their vile threats. Frankly, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Time to Hold the Media to Account for Islamophobia

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Over a decade after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington - and seven years after the London bombings - questions about Islam, Muslims and their place in the wider Western world continue to foment strong debate.

Forced Marriages Undermine the Values of Islam

Tehmina Kazi | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tehmina Kazi

Last week, the Home Office closed their three-month consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage. When I initially posted the consultation document in the Facebook group for my organisation, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, there were cries of shock that forced marriage was not already a criminal offence. The right to choose who you will live with, sleep with, eat with and possibly raise children with, for the rest of your life, is as basic a right as they come. Violations of this right are not only disastrous for the individuals involved, but they undermine values that are fundamental to British society and Islam itself.

The Labour Party Has Failed British Asians - That's Why Some Turn to the Likes of George Galloway

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics
Shamim Chowdhury

For too long, the Labour Party has relied on the ethnic vote with a detached arrogance that appears to have lasted to this day. The older generation may yet remain loyal, but they will not be around forever.