We're in a culture that teaches queer people that we don't deserve to be religious. We are taught to put faith only in ourselves because self love is the only love we will feel. Queer people don't deserve faith or hope, because why pray when you're already queer?
Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.
The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.
Prevent is part of the UK government's counter-terrorism strategy designed to respond to the ideological challenges of terrorism and extremism. The strategy has been in place since Labour was in government; however, this new law now makes it mandatory...
The tragic conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis has culminated in the now sadly iconic image of Aylan Kurdi on the beach in Bodrum. It has caused much soul searching; for individuals, communities, and nations, about how best to support the millions of people desperately searching for safety.
And this is why we should be really concerned because the duties will mean that all Muslim students will increasingly feel as though they are being monitored and scrutinised. Feeling increasingly pressured and marginalised, the result will be that Muslim students will find it increasingly difficult to just be 'ordinary students'.
Muslims and Jews can only overcome challenges through solidarity and mutual cooperation to prevail over shared hatred, education, not legislation is needed. On both sides, the urge to live and let live peacefully must prevail over any other sentiments.
Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.
We would simply think and do what is best for others, as we would count them among our own kith and kin. And that's why this refugee crisis is my favourite crisis of all - because maybe, just maybe, it might teach us that our actions will return to us, if not today, then tomorrow.
Ahmed's story has shed some light onto a culture of Islamophobia that goes far beyond a boy and his clock. Whether or not we have the courage to take the story further remains to be seen.
Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police reveal that the number of Islamophobic hate crimes in London has increased by 70% in the past year. For...
(Photo credit: Bettmann/CORBIS) The Pope has been at it, and so has the Archbishop of Canterbury. Christian-minded columnists such as Giles Fraser h...
This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."
Ultimately, be it Mr Khan or Mr Smith, we want a London mayor with the brains and guts to tackle the issues affecting Londoners and to ensure its progress as one of the best cities in the world.
As soon as I revealed that I was a Muslim, I was asked to pose as a terrorist, and was badly convinced that doing so would be good journalism. Well, I don't think this. In fact I think the complete opposite.
Muslim citizens should not have to account for the crimes of other people who happen to share the same religion as them. Equally they should not be seen as having a particular obligation to do something about violent extremism - but the Prevent Strategy would work better if more did.