UK Islamophobia

What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I grew up wearing the face-veil as an act of worship. I live in a liberal, secular society that is politically charged and highly divided. For me, the face-veil has multiple meanings and dimensions; it is not reduced to "a piece of cloth," nor is it exclusively a religious symbol.

#MuslimBan - As Trump Closes Doors, Mosques Open Doors

Qari Asim | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

As Trump closes the doors of the US to Muslims with his travel ban, British Muslims open the doors of their mosques to welcome everyone.

Mosques In The Firing Line - Thoughts Following Quebec Mosque Attack

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

A horrific, abhorrent gun attack on the Quebec City Islamic Centre that took place late Sunday evening compounds the fear that exists within Muslim co...

Fight Trump's Hate And Keep Fighting It

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

As well as protesting we also need to focus on putting good into the world. We need to build bridges between communities. We need to make minority groups feel they do belong in the countries they live in, despite what the hate press and divisive politicians say. This doesn't have to be on a grand scale, even eye contact and a smile can help eradicate the invisible barriers that the far right hate has erected.

Farage Attacked By Saira Khan Over Inflammatory Rhetoric In Fiery Loose Women Debate

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK

Nigel Farage was embroiled in an explosive row on daytime television this lunchtime over President Donald Trump’s Muslim refugee ban. The former Uki...

LGBTQ+ People Are Not Pawns in Your Islamophobic Crusade

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

It is nauseating to see fascists court LGBTQ+ people in a twisted attempt to exploit their fears - fears perpetuated by the words and deeds of your average Trump supporter - and engage them in their proxy war on Muslims.

Five Considerations When Refuting The Critics Of Islamophobia

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Establishing a working definition will support the process of differentiating the appropriate from the inappropriate, the legitimate from the illegitimate, and the disproportionate from the proportionate which brings me on to the final consideration. However, quite irrespective of which - if indeed any - working definition is established, it is highly unlikely that it will be warmly received by those who seek to criticise, detract from, and ultimately deny Islamophobia's very existence.

13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

13th is a documentary film produced by Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, exploring the history of racial inequality in the US, that has manifested itself in dif...

After The Women's March, Our Need For Solidarity Is Stronger Than Ever

Phoebe Cleghorn | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Phoebe Cleghorn

The motivations of the Women's Marches were not as simple as they may have looked on paper. Some marched for reproductive rights, some in response to Islamophobia. Women marched so that their voices may be heard, though each voice said something different. This said, it's important to remember that these differences need not separate us. Positive movements such as feminism should, ideally, display no barriers between race, background, belief or sexuality, but rather solidarity amongst the diversities that define us.

Women Are Tearing Down The Walls That Divide Us

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Akeela Ahmed

Change will happen when we join together to stand up to and fight for justice against misogyny, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred, taking our negative feelings of despondency and channeling them into positive affirmative action. So let's come together to march on London, not in protest but in celebration of diversity, equality and peace.

Join Us In Standing Up To Racism And Donald Trump's Divisive Rhetoric

Nahella Ashraf | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Nahella Ashraf

It is crucial we stand up to Trump this Friday and we need people from across the country to play their part in building a mass demonstration against racism on 18 March 2017. The international march will coincide with UN Anti-Racism Day and is backed by the Trade Union Congress. It could prove to be a powerful display of unity against the sustained threat of racism we face.

Hopes And Fears For 2017

Qari Asim | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

One of our priorities in 2017 must be to tackle radicalisation by the far right extremist ideology. In a multi-belief pluralistic Britain, people should not be allowed to get away with anti-ethnic, anti-Muslim and anti-semitic rhetoric or attacks.

And The Muslim Ladies Sang A Christmas Carol

Bob Morgan | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

Last Christmas a group of local Muslim ladies sang the carol 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' to the white English staff at their local community centr...

Katie Hopkins And The Mail Have Apologised But Our Lives Will Never Be The Same Again

Mohammed Zahid Mahmood | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Mohammed Zahid Mahmood

We have been labelled and tarnished as a family purely because we are Muslim. It was open season to attack and vilify us without a jot in the world. I am an adherent to my faith, and for that parts of society deem it necessary to label and traduce my family.

BBC's Muslims Like Us Wins Praise For Showing Moderate Islam Despite Including ISIS Supporter

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK

A BBC documentary featuring ten Muslims with contrasting world views living together has drawn high praise... and blistering scorn. From 76-year-old h...

How Should Muslims Living In The West Respond To The Rise Of Right Wing Populism?

Basit Mahmood | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

We cannot afford to be mere spectators, irrespective of how bad the present situation is, it can always get a lot worse. We cannot allow the far right's narrative of Islam and Muslims being the primary threat to all, go unchallenged. More of us must act, and act beyond our comfort zones, if we are to defeat their narrative.

Trump Wins, Islamophobia Rises

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes. For instance, in Ann ...

Robinson Leads Charge Against Bedfordshire Police For Using 'IS-Style' Symbol

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK

Bedfordshire Police were forced to delete social media posts aimed at combating Islamophobia after being told the logo they were using looked similar ...

Buffer - Not A Tenable Position!

Husain Akhtar | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Husain Akhtar

In theory, the public representatives and service providers should have the capacity and political responsibility to make choices and respond to all local and national needs and demands.

Fatima Manji Fears For 'Open Season On Muslims' After Kelvin MacKenzie Column Cleared

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK

"It is open season on Muslims" - @fatimamanji responds to press watchdog ruling on @kelvmackenzie article in The Sun pic.twitter.com/qrkbwZNXT9— BBC...

What Is Religion?

Alice Carder | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Carder

"What is reli-gion?" Shaykh Babikir asks, his thick Sudanese accent curling the word out over his bottom lip. "Man creates religion to suit himself....

The Reputation Of A Humanitarian Organisation

Fadi Itani | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

Despite the incredible work I have witnessed when visiting the field responding to emergency situations and visiting long term development projects, I always feel a sense of powerlessness and helplessness. Even if I can't singlehandedly stop poverty, cure illnesses and build homes, but the least I can do is be the voice of those who can't speak for themselves.

The Acceptance Of Hijab, Just Won't Happen Through The Catwalk

Shohana Khan | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Shohana Khan

New York Fashion Week's collection by Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan, did not just cause ripples of excitement in the fashion world, but in the perh...

Burkini: How A Swimsuit Has Brought The Rule Of Law To Sink On French Beaches

Michael Privot | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Michael Privot

They effectively prevent all Muslim women wearing a burkini - or a headscarf as recent arrests have shown - from going to the beach, a public space. This is a clearly discriminatory measure - both on the grounds of religion and of gender. The bans do nothing to actually empower or "emancipate" women, despite their purported goal according to defenders of the decrees.

In 2016 I Have Been Told I Have To Be Sacked Because I'm Gay

Luke Holland | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Holland

We have come so far over the past 30 years but we still have so far to go. Homophobia isn't just restricted to one community or religion and picking on one community causes more divide. We must tackle homophobia and all discrimination as a collective