UK Islamophobia

Why I Wrote to the Editor of 'The Sun' Over Their 'One in Five Muslims' Story

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Why did The Sun chose to misreport in this way? What was so important that they wanted to say 1 in 5 Muslims support IS rather than British Muslims are only marginally more likely than the rest of the population to have sympathy for those who go and fight in Syria? And I feel deeply uneasy about the likely answer...

Burkas Banned In Swiss Region, But Other Face Coverings Are Still Allowed

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Women who wear a burka or niqab in a region of Switzerland will face a fine of up to £6,500. Ticino's parliament approved the law on Monday, there...

A Compelling Headline Is No Excuse for Front Pages Like The Sun's

Simon Danczuk | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

The Sun may have hoped Monday's front page would encourage the kind of frank and open debate that Sadiq Khan was calling for. Instead they have risked furthering the cultural division which prevents this kind of dialogue from happening.

What Happened When A Muslim Schoolboy Stood In The Cold For Two Hours Offering Free Hugs To 'Combat Islamophobia'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Muslim schoolboy from Nottingham stood in the cold for two hours offering free hugs to strangers to show "not all Muslims are terrorists". Yusf P...

Refugees, Terrorists and the Ugly Truthiness

Andrea Mann | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andrea Mann

It is, incredibly, exactly 10 years since the word 'truthiness' first appeared, courtesy of Stephen Colbert. I know this because I didn't just feel it to be true - I looked it up... And 10 years later, the ugly truthiness is back.

Latest UK Islamophobic Attack Figures

Nick Harding | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Harding

New figures released last week show that attacks on Muslims are rising across the UK. Research carried out by NGO MEND was presented to Peers and MPs...

A Hijabi Londoner in Paris

Ayisha Malik | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Ayisha Malik

Since the horrific attacks last Friday I've seriously been thinking about what my hijab means. I first wore it because I believed it was the spiritual thing to do. After many years, a little more knowledge and a diverse group of friends I wonder how spiritual the practice actually is.

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

Mariya Hussain | Posted 23.11.2015 | 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...

Islamophobia on the Rise in the UK: A Call for Unity

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

ISIS better known as Daesh, who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks have sparked a rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes on innocent Muslims in the...

The Essex Boy Who'll Be The First British Muslim In Space Is Dedicating His Trip To People With Mental Health Problems

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old from Essex who is set to become the first British Muslim to go to space after winning a competition has dedicated his win to everyone wh...

Solidarity When the Terrorists Hit the West but Do We Care Less About the Rest?

Alina Rzepnikowska | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Alina Rzepnikowska

Having followed the debates on the news and on social media in Poland and in the UK about the atrocious terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13 Novemb...

All Muslims Are Terrorists? Congratulations on Conforming to Isis

Lewis Parker | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Parker

In the aftermath of the dreadful attacks on Paris last week, another atrocity has found its way into our lives. It's been embedded into western society for years, and I fear the barbaric attacks that killed 129 innocent lives are only going to make matters worse..

Labour MP Condemns "Disgusting" Daily Mail Cartoon for Depicting Muslims as Rats

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Hinchcliffe

The Daily Mail today published a cartoon likening Muslim refugees to rats, a move which has been met with wide spread hostility on social media. Richa...

THIS Is How You Shut Down Islamophobia During A Fox News Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

A debate about closing down mosques in the United States took a colourful turn on Tuesday, thanks to the participation of a patriotic Muslim woman dre...

Challenging Misconceptions of Islam: Basic Advice for Teachers

Andrew Jones | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Andrew Jones

We can challenge misconceptions of Islam in school by:

  • being aware of the key beliefs of Muslims;
  • using the correct terminology when discussing Islam;
  • and, importantly, challenging stereotypes and highlighting examples of Muslim role models in British society.

Muslim Student Shuts Down Troll With Single Tweet... And A Letter From David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A young Muslim man has given a masterclass in how to shut down Islamophobic comments on social media with one politely worded tweet, accompanied by a ...

Weeping Muslim Taxi Driver Inspires Heartbreaking Appeal Against Islamophobia After Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

A hair salon manager has paid tribute to a Muslim taxi driver who picked him up in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. Alex Malloy hailed t...

French Muslim Students Release Powerful 'We Are United' Video In Wake Of Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group representing thousands of Muslim students living in France have released a powerful video condemning the Paris attacks and pledging their soli...

Why Do Terrorists Keep on Attacking France?

Nadeem Shad | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
Nadeem Shad

Friday the 13th 2015 marks the third time in the last 12 months that France has been attacked by extremists. More than any other European country ...

Paris Attacks: The Bigger Picture

William Barylo | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK
William Barylo

The world is a collection of societies and communities in desperate need of healers. Now is the time to do what we can at our humble level to help design a more harmonious reality. Some will start businesses, charities, organise conferences, but everyone can make a start today, here and now.

Terrorism Has No Religion

Jess Readett | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

I'm tired of people confusing Muslims with Islamic extremists either through their own ignorance, laziness or prejudice. I'm tired of people saying we need to get 'them' out of our country, as though the actions of a minority represent the views of so many other innocent people just like you and me.

Radicalization Cannot Be Explained by Racism Alone

Robin Sclafani | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK
Robin Sclafani

Explaining the problem of radicalization as a result of discrimination is a total disrespect to the victims of these attacks and to the millions of people who have been affected by racist and discriminatory policies throughout their lifetime and are good-hearted, non-violent, responsible hard-working contributing members of society.

Discrimination Against British Muslims 'Creating An Environment Of Hate'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

Discrimination against Muslims in Britain has become so bad it is creating an "environment of hate," a new report has claimed The report, produced ...

Joined at the Hip: Islamophobia and Bigotry

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

The fact is, Islamophobia and antisemitism are joined-at-the-hip.

Only Together Can We Stop All Hate Crimes

Baroness Jones | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

I am privileged as a member of the House of Lords, to be part of a group which stands against anti-Semitic hate crime. Nobody should ever be victimised for their religion, race, colour or any of the other 'differences' which seem to blind some people to the similarities which unite us all.