UK Islamophobia

24 Reasons Why We Should Challenge Islamophobia

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A campaign to challenge Islamophobia at Warwick University in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been started by education officer Maahwish Mir...

Racists on Trains and the Silence of the Bystander

Gabriel Webber | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Gabriel Webber

History's worst acts of evil all happened amidst the silence of the bystander. Ms Nagesh is most unwise to encourage her readers to keep quiet when they witness acts of hatred.

Anjem Choudary Just Told Muslims They're Not Allowed To Vote

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK

Radical cleric Anjem Choudary told Muslims on Friday not to vote in the General Election on 7 May, claiming it is "strictly forbidden" in Islam. Th...

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...

Student Dons Traditional Muslim Dress For Social Experiment, Provokes Torrent of Islamophobic Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Eugene Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student in Italy has recorded the verbal abuse he received whilst walking the streets of Milan in traditional Muslim dress, as part of an investigat...

Terrorising of Muslims: The Ignored Epidemic

Shohana Khan | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Shohana Khan

The idea that the entire Muslim community should be watched for signs of adherence to Islam, which will then lead to potential criminal activity, underpins Prevent and the CTS Act. It would be expected that with such policies and matching rhetoric, the public would begin to see the Muslim community living by Islam as a problem, criminal community that should be ostracised.

The Infographic That Could Change Your Perception Of British Muslims

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK

A landmark report based on census data from 2001 and 2011, the first to ask respondents what religion they practiced, has been called the "most compre...

Touching Social Experiment Challenges Public Islamophobia

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK

An experiment by a group of Muslims in Toronto has challenged Islamophobia with a simple trust exercise. The video shows a man standing blindfolded...

Vice... Stop Prostituting Yourself to Islamophobes...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Zahid Ayden

31 European countries haven't made prostitution illegal, which reiterates it to be a global problem, free from association of colour, creed or nationality, rather than the actions of the 'insidious Muslims in the far East'.

Is It Hobson's Choice Between Religious Beliefs and Free Speech?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Surely, we do not have to view them as a Hobson's choice? What we should focus on instead is the harder - and much harsher - question of whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

Who Will Apologise for Anti-Muslim Attacks?

Zarah Sultana | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

University campuses are supposed to be safe spaces for all students regardless of their race, religion, gender and sexuality but recent events have shown them to be far from insulated from the wider Islamophobia currently gripping society.

Religion's Leaders Have a Unique Responsibility to Tackle Extremism

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

As the representative of one of the oldest European minority faiths on this continent, I want to reach out to the diverse Christian communities, the diverse Muslim communities, secular groups, governments and politicians, to help us stop this growing trend of antagonism and conflict. I believe that we have the responsibility to recreate an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect between the secular modern state and religious movements, in order to make sure that the experiment, which we call Europe, is not going to fail.

It's Important That as Students, We Must Protect Social Minorities

Dean Eastmond | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dean Eastmond

Islamophobia is a dirty word creeping into the likes of households across the UK. I am, like the majority, at university to study and develop life skills before entering "the real world". If this is my exposure to what the real world looks like, I think I'm staying at university forever.

George Galloway Uses Freedom Of Speech Rally To Slam 'Racist' Charlie Hebdo

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Footage has emerged showing firebrand MP George Galloway condemning the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for producing “pornographic, obscene insult...

'Islam Must Die': Horrific Graffiti Daubed On Birmingham University Buildings

The Huffington Post UK | Laura Heffernan | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Police investigations have begun after Islamophobic graffiti was discovered on the University of Birmingham campus. The offensive scrawls were spra...

Hypocrisy of Free Speech: Made by the Powerful, for the Powerful, against the Powerless

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

There is no justification for murdering journalists or satirists. No degree of offence legitimises the use of violence. The deaths of the journalists should be mourned for that particular reason, but no more so than the two officers or the maintenance man who were also killed in the tragic shootings..

A Muslim's Response to the 25,000 Anti-Islam Protesters in Germany

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigners, and anyone a shade darker. I will not draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. I will not call you bigots, I will not insult you, and I will not label you. But we do have a problem.

Three Duties We Owe Each Other at Times of Difficulty

Musharraf Hussein | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Musharraf Hussein

Terrorists carry out their heinous acts to gain publicity for their cause but what is far more sinister is their motive to create division and conflict in the country and it is this that we need to be aware of and not let them succeed...

Paris Attacks - Let's Talk About the 'War on Terror'

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Hamza Hamouchene

We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.

Stoking Fear of 'Britain's Islamic Republic' Leads to Growing Intolerance Towards Muslims

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Criminals may claim whatever they like, but accusing a whole community over their criminality will lead us nowhere.

Charlie Hebdo: They're Not Racist Just Because You're Offended

Lliana Bird | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Lliana Bird

I don't doubt many people would have found the Charlie Hebdo cartoons extremely offensive, and I'm not here to tell you that's wrong, but the insinuation that insulting/offending people may have invited this horrific tragedy on any level is tantamount in my eyes to the old age adage that a rape victim "asked for it" by wearing a short skirt. It's victim blaming at its very worst, and especially against people who fought in many ways for the rights of those who attacked them. So long as offence remains within the bounds of what is legally acceptable, then it is just that - acceptable - whether you personally like it or not.

I Am Ahmed, I Am Charlie, I Am Muslim - Let's March for Unity Not Hatred

Imran Awan | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Imran Awan

When the attackers from the Paris massacre, claimed that they were 'avenging' the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad, I was both shocked and appalled. No, No, No! Not again! This couldn't be further from the truth.

As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let's be clear: I agree there is no justification whatsoever for gunning down journalists or cartoonists. I disagree with your seeming view that the right to offend comes with no corresponding responsibility; and I do not believe that a right to offend automatically translates into a duty to offend.

Mourning Charlie, and Resisting the Politics of Hate

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Lutfur Rahman

This is not a situation where we can fight fire with fire. We should fight the ideologies of hatred and violence with an ideology of peace and caring. We need a commitment to honouring the memories of the French journalists, Jews and police officers including a Muslim killed last week, and that involves all doing our bit to create a world in which such horrors are confined to history.

Condemnation Needs to Be on Both Sides, on Charlie Hebdo

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Instead of marching for rights and the liberty to say and do as one wishes, our leaders should be condemning insults by anyone to anyone of any faith. Our leaders should be speaking out demanding that we respect this fundamental right and not abuse this right to free speech.