UK Extremism

Extremism Is Tearing London Apart

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Rabbil Sikdar

The far-right and the Muslim extremists fuel each other with their messages of hate and intolerance and their actions. And it is up to each of us to disempower these people lurking within our communities.

Double Standards, Divisions And Diversions: Responses To The Finsbury Park Terror Attack

Aaliyah Hussain | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Aaliyah Hussain

As I awoke on Monday morning to yet more terrible news, this time the terrorist attack in North London, my immediate thought was that I couldn't remem...

Labelling Criminals As Terrorists Imbues Them With Undeserved Power: They Are Just Isolated, Egotistical Violent Offenders

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Mils Hills

With the 18th June attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque, we see the latest case of the low-tech murder and maiming of individuals by someone nursing dis...

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If Islamophobic hate crime is to be framed by counter-terror and counter-extremism narratives, why is this necessary? What makes Islamophobia exceptional and distinct from other discriminatory phenomena? How does Islamophobic hate crime differ from hate crimes motivated by race, disability or sexual orientation?

Countering Paranoia: Muslim Women Are Leading The Fight Against Terrorism

Maria Munir | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Munir

The arguments over how the attackers in London and Manchester were radicalised have veiled the fact that women and young people are tirelessly trying to speak up, and are often ignored. We are sick and tired of being held up as solely victims of gendered violence, when we also fight to stop it, by challenging outdated preachers and reviving new techniques of engaging with maligned people.

Terrorism Is The Enemy Of Britons Of All Faiths

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

I have family in Iraq and know how that country has suffered beyond endurance at the hands of Daesh. In the same way that my family, and friends have resisted this scum in Iraq, I will resist them here. In this struggle, I will link arms with imams, rabbis and priests. People of genuine faith and love must find the inner strength to build a wall that Daesh cannot penetrate.

Theresa May's Muddled Response To Terrorism

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

On Sunday 4 June 2017, in response to the latest London terrorist outrage, Theresa May came up with a new approach to the problem. However, upon examination, it is neither new nor practical but muddled and self-defeating.

Why Can't We Say What Is Patently Obvious? That Islamist Extremism Has Gone Unchecked For Far Too Long

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

After Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, the real issue is this: will we finally see a robust challenge to Islamist groups or will they be allowed to undermine trust between our police, the Government and our State, thereby making us more vulnerable? For far too long they have run amok framing themselves as David against the Goliath of Government. The reality is that Goliath has been asleep for far too long. Now it must be shaken from its slumber.

The Fight Against Radicalisation Is Now An Online Battlefield

Claire Stead | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Young people - who are both most exposed to the online world and the most vulnerable - need to be protected and shielded better than anyone. This education, between what is right and just and true, begins at home and in the school.

Your Guns Are Not Welcome In My City

Robyn Harris | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Robyn Harris

As is becoming more and more apparent in the wake of more and more terrorist attacks on our country, and several others in Western Europe, the two are having similarly catastrophic effects. Your guns are not my guns, and if you use them, I will not accept them being used in my name.

Utilising Sports To Counter Extremism In The Muslim World

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Sport
Muddassar Ahmed

The co-existence of different faiths and ethnicities is increasingly under threat in both the Islamic and Western worlds, now is the time to build new models to bring people together and celebrate what we share: our humanity.

The Emergence Of Meta-Jihad: Why Defeating Isis Won't End The Plague Of Terrorism

Adam Deen | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Adam Deen

With Isis losing more and more territory each day, inching towards its territorial death, we mustn't fall into the delusion that this could spell the ...

The Key To Defeating Muslim Extremism: Love For All, Hatred For None

Damir Rafi | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Damir Rafi

Whilst bombs can destroy extremists, they cannot destroy extremist mentalities. It is only through penetrating the hearts of the world through love, and doing whatever one can to improve the lives of others, that a hateful ideology can truly be defeated. Whatever one's background or faith, the concept of love driving out hate must surely be one that is easy to endorse.

Our Struggle For Equal Opportunity Has Become Invisible To Governments Only Concerned With Counter Extremism

Basit Mahmood | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

I've seen plenty of campaigns and events aimed at the Muslim community dedicated to combatting extremism. Yet when I sit with friends I realise the sheer gap between what defines the lives of ordinary Muslims, desires for a sense of belonging, for equality, for a sense that we matter too and what governments and others think has come to define them.

What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I grew up wearing the face-veil as an act of worship. I live in a liberal, secular society that is politically charged and highly divided. For me, the face-veil has multiple meanings and dimensions; it is not reduced to "a piece of cloth," nor is it exclusively a religious symbol.

The Year Hate Went Mainstream

Nick Lowles | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Lowles

In a year dominated by the UK's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump, there were mixed fortunes for Britain's far right. For them it was a year of further marginalisation, convictions and bans punctuated only by extreme acts of violence - such as the horrific murder of Jo Cox.

Jack Buckby Is No Harry Potter. He May Look Like Him But His Views Are Sickening

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

It is by no coincidence that far right activist Jack Buckby, used his opportunity on Channel 4 to stir up shocking comments against Barbara Ntumy, tel...

Political Polarisation Is Stark - And The Great Chasm Shows No Sign Of Narrowing

Chris Wright | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Wright

I recently commented that the last time I felt such a divergence between the two Americas - liberal and conservative - was during the Vietnam War. On Wednesday night, this polarisation manifested itself in the riots at UC Berkeley.

The Power Of The Internet

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Tech
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

When media changes, the world changes. We live in a world where the Pope and the President are on Twitter and Rabbis communicate on Facebook. We live today in a time, which some call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A period which is distinct in the speed, scale and force at which it transforms production, distribution and consumption.

Now Is Not The Time To Question Our Values But To Stand Up For Them

Waqar Ahmed | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Waqar Ahmed

Prevent in the UK has focused on terrorism from a global violent jihadist perspective, but front-line workers like me up and down the country have always worked on all forms of extremism and have been dealing with a rise in referrals from far-right extremism.

I Was An Islamist Extremist. A Counter Narrative Is Essential To Stop Terrorism

Adam Deen | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Adam Deen

As a reformed extremist, I can identify better than most the Islamist platform from which these young men operate from. From my time in Al Muhajiroun, now a banned UK terrorist group, I remember well the exploitative nature of marrying religious ideology with geo-political events.

Muslims Like Us - Where Were The Religious Conservatives?

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

Like most viewers, I was gripped by the BBC's Muslims Like Us. Ten British Muslims were put in one house Big Brother-style. Within the first few minutes, most of them had taken against the notorious Islamist Anthony Small, who now calls himself Abdul Haqq.

Muslims Like Us - Early Christmas Present For The Far Right And Extremist Islamists

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The BBC must not underestimate the impact the media has on gullible individuals and how this tragically impacts our most vulnerable. Muslims don't want preferential treatment, but equality. Why would we single out British Muslims, would we do this with other communities?

Democracy In Somalia: Overcoming Insurgency To Provide A Lasting Peace

Matthew Walker | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Matthew Walker

While the world has been fixated on the American presidential race, Somalia, once the epitome of a failed state, is holding its first elections since ...

Far Right Extremism Poses A Real Threat To Us All

Qari Asim | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

Post Brexit and in the Trump era, it is more important than ever that the authorities take steps to tackle the growing threat of Britain's far-right movement and dismantle their networks. There are already reports that the Far-right extremists in Germany are joining forces with like-minded groups across Europe and even the United States as they prepare to carry out more attacks on our streets.