UK Islamophobia

Criticism And Free Speech

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

It is important we do make a distinction between the right to free speech and the rights of others not to be abused, threatened or lied to. Constructive criticism and questioning play a positive role in our society. Hate does not.

The Rise Of Acid Attacks

Rabina Khan | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Rabina Khan

Restrictions on the sale of sulphuric acid were introduced in 2015, yet up to 98% concentrated sulphuric acid can be bought on the internet, with no basic checks, so despite the restrictions, it is still possible to obtain it easily and cheaply.

The Finsbury Park Attack Is Emblematic Of Growing Islamophobia - A 7/7 Survivor Calls For Unity

Sajda Mughal OBE | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Sajda Mughal OBE

In the same way that the Muslim community have been active in challenging and preventing Islamic extremism, there needs to be more done at the community level to prevent far right extremists from influencing people. Supporting a national narrative of unity, diversity and coexistence is at the heart of prevention, and should not be undermined by our politicians or by sensationalism in the mainstream media.

Racism Has Become An Accepted Part Of Political Discourse

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Rabbil Sikdar

If he arrives and they march, I will be there with my placard with thousands of others to remind the white nationalists that we are still here. This is our home and they can never make us go away.

Terrorism In Britain: We Need Clear And Responsible Reporting

Simon Johnson | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Simon Johnson

As a nation I feel we are good at making the point that Islam is not synonymous with extremism - we rightly and frequently recognise that they are simply members of a faith, a community to be listened to and respected. As a majority, we understand this. But there is a clear disconnect between this sentiment and the media we allow ourselves to consume each day. And, looking ahead to the future, this is something that needs to change if we are to become a safer, more peaceful country.

What's The Solution?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has said it's time to press the reset button and ensure that this time the Muslim community is an equal partner in the fight against terrorism, but the question I want to ask is whether the government is brave enough to have the grassroots community around the table and start right at the beginning by clearly defining the problem we are addressing, as only then will we find a solution because for me, enough is enough.

We Must Deal With Anti-Muslim Vitriol, But The Label 'Islamophobia' Is Not Helping

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Alex Sinclair Lack

Muslims are experiencing soaring levels of hate-crime and experiencing targeted, prejudiced attacks across the world. Every day, they are vilified and...

Heroic Imam Embodies The True Spirit Of Islamic Leadership

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

At a time when Islamic faith leadership is under scrutiny, the actions of Imam Mohammed have embodied the true spirit of Islamic leadership and is something that should be praised, encouraged and emulated.

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...

Finsbury Park Attack Highlights Vulnerability Of Mosques

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

The terrorist attack on Muslim worshippers leaving the Mosque after completing Ramadan night prayers has bought into sharp focus the vulnerability and...

Anti-Muslim Hatred Has Gone Unchecked For Far Too Long

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

Simply put, my colleagues and I knew two things. We knew that a possible attack against Muslim communities may well happen within the bounds of a mosque, given the data of what we were seeing from cases reported in. Additionally, since May 2013 to September 2016, Tell MAMA staff recorded over 100 anti-Muslim hate incidents against mosques... Which means that now more than ever, we have to get to grips with an issue that has already taken two lives before.

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?

Pass The Samosa, Not The Blame

Zara Mohammed | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Mohammed

Its 11.56pm, after some very long standing for the beautiful night prayers of Ramadan, in one of London's biggest mosque, I open my phone to a barrage of messages asking if I am safe? I then hear the announcement for everyone to be vigilant, as another attack has been reported. If we are all supposed to be praying right now who could possibly be out killing?

Teaching (In)tolerance In Schools

Christina Easton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Christina Easton

Speaking after the London Bridge attack on Saturday, Theresa May stated that there is "far too much tolerance" of extremism in Britain. Given the stro...

Theresa May's Weak Words Fall Short Of Calling Out Trump's Bigotry Against Our Mayor Sadiq Khan

Shaista Aziz | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Shaista Aziz

Well, we got there in the end. Sort of. It has taken Theresa May two full days to say "I think Donald Trump is wrong in what he said about Sadiq Khan, in relation to the terrorist attacks on London." A meek, one sentence response that typifies May's approach to tackling divisive rhetoric: lacklustre and feeble.

Theresa May Must Resist Playing Politics With Terrorism

George Kassimeris | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Politics
George Kassimeris

The prime minister has said all the right things expressing public outrage and showing resolve and determination in the face of barbarity. Until now, that is. Because, in her 'enough-is-enough' statement after the London Bridge attacks, the prime minister has done the opposite of what she should be doing as a leader managing an on-going terrorist crisis, namely promoting public anxiety instead of alleviating it.

After Terrorist Attacks, Blaming, Abusing And Attacking Innocent Muslims Simply Supports Islamist Extremism

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

Sadly, we have picked up a significant and measurable spike in anti-Muslim hate incidents in Greater Manchester and across the country. Communities have come out in solidarity with each other and against terrorism and extremism. We need to challenge extremism, break the networks of the bombers and disrupt their activities at every turn. Let us also remember that we have to ensure that we collectively tackle anti-Muslim hatred when it rears it head after major Islamist terrorist attacks. If we don't and racists and bigots carry on with their actions, they are re-enforcing the very strategy that Islamist extremists want. That of division, increased vulnerability and the manipulation of young minds and we cannot allow that to happen any more.

My Jihad Is About Judging Less And Loving More

Amani Z Saeed | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Amani Z Saeed

Spoken word artist Amani Z Saeed performs her poem Radical Love exclusively for HuffPost UK. In the vlog she speaks of her frustration with terrorism and the Islamophobia that follows.

Acceptance Should Not Depend On Understanding

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

True acceptance and true respect must be based on the principle that even if you do not understand what is necessary for someone to actualise themselves as an individual, you will support their right to make the choice and defend their right to it.

Veiling The Face - The Right To Make The Choice

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Anybody who is really serious about standing up for the rights of women should be equally as vehement toward defending their rights to the burka as they would be the bikini. Those who base their objection to the face veil on the argument that women cannot think for themselves and are doing the bidding of men who impose the veil upon them are actually insulting women and doing women's rights no favours at all.

Tackling Online Hate Requires A Collaborative Approach

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

The Home Affairs Select Committee's latest enquiry into social media companies has highlighted how much further there is still to go in effectively id...

Katie Hopkins Your Hate Has Gone Too Far

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Just when do we draw the line? Just how much hate are we going to watch Katie Hopkins spout before enough is enough? I have reported her to both the police and Twitter. If you agree with me that she is guilty of hate speech then I suggest you report her as well.

I Will Not Stop Challenging Ukip's Racism

Naima Omar | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Naima Omar

This call has nothing to do with defending women's rights. It has everything to do with UKIP demonising the Muslim community, just like in France last year when politicians campaigned to ban the Birkini. Why should anyone have the right to tell Muslim women what to wear? UKIP and their kind are constantly targeting people who just want to get on with their lives. It shows the nature of their party, it shows their racism.

Ukip Accused Of 'Full Throttled' Islamophobia After Pledging To Ban The Veil

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK

Ukip has been accused of “full throttled Islamophobia” over its new “integration agenda” that includes a pledge to ban the Muslim face veil. T...

You Can't Opt Out At Islamophobia

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

When I travel, passport checks and security don't phase me, armed police pay me no attention and no matter where I'm going, the worst I'll face is a bored employee longing to finish their shift. I do as I'm told. Shoes off, electronic devices in the box. I'm polite and don't cause any disruption. So why shouldn't it be like this? The point is it should be, but not just for you.