Muslim Students: Voices For Good Will Trump Hate

Zara Mohammed | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Mohammed

We call upon all Muslim students to carry on being the drivers of change and a source of good for our communities. Let us carry on building relationships and not allowing creeping hate to enter our world.

Reflections of a Muslim Student: We are #StudentsNotSuspects

Yusuf Hassan | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yusuf Hassan

We as FOSIS, alongside the NUS Black Students' Campaign, Defend the Right to Protest, and the University and College Union (UCU) have organised the Students Not Suspects Tour across the UK, trying to bring about awareness surrounding Prevent.

Tributes Paid As Head Of Britain's Largest Muslim Student Society Dies In Freak Accident

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Tributes are being paid to the president of Britain's largest Muslim student society after he drowned in a freak swimming accident in Switzerland last...

Essex Student Stabbed To Death 'For Wearing Muslim Dress'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

A Saudi Arabian student stabbed to death in brutal attack on an Essex footpath may have been targeted for her Islamic dress. Detectives are investi...

Islamophobia Is Real

Farida Ahmed | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

What is Islamophobia? It is an irrational fear and hatred of Muslims categorized as an identifiable group. Islamophobia is becoming an 'elephant in the room' - it is an actual phenomenon that has gained significant momentum in Europe over the last decade.

A Muslim's Guide to Starting University: Top Tips

Omar Ali | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Omar Ali

For many young Muslims who are new at university, that type of fun may not be quite your cup of tea. Navigating your way through university whilst having fun and making the most of the endless opportunities is something that, as a Muslim, isn't always obviously clear...

Islamic Student Societies Criticised After Woolwich Attack For 'Not Challenging' Radicalisation

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Islamic student societies have been under the spotlight after Theresa May announced a crackdown on campus "radicalism" following the brutal attack on ...

Stop Demonising the Mainstream Muslim Community, the Biggest Barrier to Violent Extremism

Omar Ali | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Omar Ali

Sadly the Woolwich atrocity has been followed up by a wave of anti-Muslim violent extremism - a mosque that was petrol bombed last night is just one of many violent attacks on mosques, Muslims and their property in Britain.

Right to Condemn, Wrong to Apologise

Areeb Ullah | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Areeb Ullah

As a Muslim, I appreciated and acknowledged the need for Muslim organisations to rightly condemn the actions that took place this week but disagreed with both organisations reaffirming the need to distance Islam's true teachings from the individual who attacked the soldier.

Student Rights 'Campus Extremism' Study: Dishonest Pseudo-Science in Support Of a Toxic Narrative

Hilary Aked | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

Student Rights is seeking to police, not 'protect' students and its activities should be seen as part of the 'Cold War on British Muslims'. Its activities feed into an increasingly entrenched discourse of Islamophobia endorsed by much of the government and mainstream media. Universities should be wary of its lobbying efforts, the media should interrogate its misleading research and FOSIS should be commended for standing up to its bullying.

It's Time to Stop Demonising Muslim Students

Mohamed Harrath | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Harrath

The Times featured a piece yesterday headlined 'Extremists preaching to students in Britain'. This conflation of extremism with increased religiosity and religious observance is indicative of just how muddled and confused the debate around campus extremism has become.

FOSIS Must do More to Demonstrate its Rejection of Extremist Narratives

Rupert Sutton | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Back in February a Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) spokesperson wrote on this website that criticism of his organisation's failure to fully challenge extremism was misleading and part of an effort to "criminalise the activities of Muslim students on British campuses".

'If You Don't Stand for Something, You'll Fall for Anything'

Kanja Ibrahim Sesay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kanja Ibrahim Sesay

We know Malcolm X by his later name, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Nine days prior to his death he visited students again in Britain, and was shot wearing the same clothes at the Audubon Ballroom.

Empowered or Radicalised? At the 2012 Federation of Student Islamic Societies Conference

Reyhana Patel | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Reyhana Patel

So what exactly happens at an annual FOSIS conference? Does it involve a line-up of events and activities which promote extremism and radicalise British Muslim youths? Or is it merely a platform for Muslim students to unite and discuss issues affecting them?

FOSIS Dodge the Issue of Campus Radicalisation Once Again

Rupert Sutton | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Accusing your opponents of demagoguery and scaremongering is one of the oldest political tricks in the book, yet the facts simply do not add up here. FOSIS claim that the community they represent is being unfairly demonised yet they organise events with extremists and refuse to engage with organisations like ourselves when we contact them.

FOSIS Are a Good Example of Muslims Engaging With Society

Assed Baig | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

Such is the level of racism and Islamophobia in society that when encountered by a politically active Muslim, people automatically seem to put them in the radical or extremist box.

Demagogues Lose Ground in Their Bid to Smear Muslim Students

Amandla Thomas-Johnson | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Amandla Thomas-Johnson

The recent Home Affairs Committee's report on the roots of violent radicalisation represents a breakthrough in our nation's discourse surrounding campus extremism. The words "told you so" were uttered in the higher education sector upon reading this.

University Islamic Societies Are Not 'Hotbeds' for Radicalisation

Reyhana Patel | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Reyhana Patel

Anyone with knowledge on extremism and terrorism would know that many studies have shown that radicalisation stems from a range of factors and that no individual can be radicalised by one single method such as watching YouTube videos or being exposed to extremist views.

Is FOSIS Training the Violent Extremists of Tomorrow?

Hasan Afzal | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Hasan Afzal

All too often we see the end product of the conveyor belt. We see the Abdulmutallabs and extremists of this world when it's too late. Ever seen what goes on in the middle? Have you ever wanted to know how well intentioned young Muslims turn into their community's worst nightmare? I can give you a sneak peak.