UK Islamophobia

Blame Circumstance, Not Ideology, For 'Religious' Extremism

Jonathan Young | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
Jonathan Young

We don't have to like religion, or agree with everything it says, but for our own sake we should put its role in context. In doing so, we can address the true causes of the violence in the world today.

Reflections of a Muslim Student: In Support of Malia Bouattia

Yusuf Hassan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yusuf Hassan

It is truly remarkable that the very institutional barriers and treatment of BME students Malia has spent last two years exposing and campaigning against are being used to discredit her clear victory... If this doesn't prove the reality of racism and Islamophobia on our campuses what will.

The Ugly Self-Actualisation of the NUS

David Browne | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

It should now be clearer than ever that the NUS has very little intention of taking the responsibilities that would come with being "the definitive national voice in students" - whether through the candidates it elects to speak on behalf of all students...

I am a Young Woman of Colour and Faith - Why Should I Care About the Welsh Assembly Elections?

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sahar Al-Faifi

After all, there will not be a whole country, a whole city or whole community greater than the sum of its parts, unless most citizens of the UK and Wales in particular feel that this land is theirs - ours and that we are in it, of it and willing to know it.

Student Kicked Off Flight ‘For Speaking Arabic’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A university student says he was unfairly removed from a flight because a fellow passenger was alarmed by an innocent conversation he was having in Ar...

The Media Needs to Bring People Together in the Face of Terrorism, Not Drive Them Apart

Angeli Bhandal | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Angeli Bhandal

Instead of worrying about the spread of ISIS, we need more uplifting spirits. We must remember that we are the majority. Individually we may not be able to do a lot, but collectively we have the power to make a difference. It is up to us to filter through the sea of fear-mongering and ignorance and make a stand for the oppressed, regardless of race or gender.

Daily Star Forced To Correct Claims 'UK Mosques Fundraised For Terror'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK

The 'Daily Star on Sunday' has been forced to backtrack on a "significantly misleading" story that claimed UK mosques were "fundraising for terror". T...

Muslim Ex-Prisoner Says Guards Routinely Called Him A Terrorist For 'Banter'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.03.2016 | UK

A Muslim ex-prisoner says he was regularly called a ‘terrorist’ by jail staff and viewed with suspicion because of his religion, as a report claim...

Islamophobic Graffiti Altered To Give It A Whole Different Meaning

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK

In the wake of the terror attacks on Brussels this week, someone took it upon themselves to daub Islamophobic graffiti on a wall in Dublin. The messag...

Tweeting Islamophobia: From the #StopIslam to the Katie Hopkins Saga

Imran Awan | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Imran Awan

You know something bad is going to happen when Katie Hopkins begins tweeting about Islam. This time her insults were directed at all 1.6 billion Musl...

Someone Will Hurt Me Because I'm a Muslim... Am I Being Too Paranoid?

Teuta Hoxha | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Teuta Hoxha

I leave my bag open on the train so people can see that I only have books inside, and they do look. The question I keep asking myself is - am I being too paranoid?

'Un-Christian' Britain First Ridiculed By Church Leader At Anti-Muslim Demo

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK

A prominent Church of England reverend delivered a crushing message to far-right group 'Britain First' at one of their anti-mosque protests on Saturda...

Students Up In Arms After Muslim Woman Has Niqab Veil 'Ripped From Her' In King's College London Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than 500 people have signed an open letter urging King's College London to protect Muslim students after one reportedly had her niqab veil torn o...

LGBT Club Night Accused Of Islamophobia Over ‘Jihadi Cat' Meme

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

The organisers of a popular LGBT club night in east London have been accused of being "tasteless" and "Islamophobic" after using cat memes to promote ...

Rotherham: From Sex Grooming to Murder

Qari Asim | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

From murders to planting bombs in mosques should be a concern for everyone in Britain. We should neither tolerate abuse against young girls nor any kind of bigotry against a particular community in Britain. Anti-Muslim prejudice is a matter for everyone who cares about this country and our fair society.

Swansea to Host Its First Islamophobia Conference

Robiu Salisu | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Robiu Salisu

The Swansea says NO to Islamophobia event will take place on March 20th day before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Over 200 people are expected to attend this event and with the Welsh Assembly election set for May 6th Swansea MEND will be looking to address and work with political parties and candidates to tackle Islamophobia in Wales.

Let's Stop the Drip, Drip, Drip of Otherness

Jess Phillips | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Now a new row has broken out at Oxford University, where I'm ashamed to say that some in the Labour Party society appear to be tolerating the intolerable. Everyday we hear stories of otherness, islamophobia and antisemitism, in full swing. People pitched one against the other, taxpayers pitched against benefit claimants, women against men. Refugees versus migrants. Everyday we receive our dose of "us" versus "them". Drip, drip, drip.

Exposing Sadiq Khan's Family's Links to Extremists Was Not Islamophobic

David Churchill | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
David Churchill

The story revealed that Mr Khan's brother-in-law for more than 20 years took part in and spoke at events organised by vile group Al-Muhajiroun. Cue accusations of racism, Islamophobia and every other type of phobia quicker than the time it takes to read the full article. And boy did they fly in - on Twitter, mostly, but also from friends of people close to me. These accusations, from people who claim to believe in freedom of expression, are absurd. The "real" story was, in fact, an exercise in what the media should be doing - scrutinising politicians' own records.

Students Are 'Trying To Ban' Hope Not Hate Founder For Being 'Islamophobic'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Members of theNUS are attempting to no platform an anti-racism campaigner who founded Hope Not Hate because he is apparently "Islamophobic". Nick L...

Preventing Prevent: Opposing Islamophobia on Campus

Sai Englert | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sai Englert

The NUS, and all those involved in the student movement, should categorically refuse to be drawn into the government's attempt to define the limits of "respectability" in the Muslim community and our movement as a whole. These games are aimed at blunting opposition to Islamophobia and curtailing our civil liberties more widely. If we stand by and let Cage get victimised, we will all ultimately suffer.

Tales of Afro Sumo Sheesha Flows in Tokyo

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Sport
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Have you ever had sheesha with a sumo in Tokyo? I don't do bucket lists - but if you do, write that one down. It's also gonna be my new jive talk - in...

Visit Your Mosque This Sunday

Richard Reoch | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

This Sunday chances are your local mosque will be hoping for a visit from you. It will be "Visit my Mosque" day, a nation-wide event organized by the Muslim Council of Britain on Sunday 7 February in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Choose Hope Over Hate: Why PEGIDA Isn't Welcome in Birmingham

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Like the National Front, British National Party and EDL before it, PEGIDA will fail in its attempt to spread an insidious message of hate that seeks to pit community against community. Birmingham is too strong and united for that.

Sorry Mr Cameron But We Do Not Need Your English Classes and We Are Not Extremists!

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

David Cameron wrote an article in the Times that I found absurd, inaccurate and Islamophobic. In his article Cameron suggested that concerns of forced...

Man Arrested After Pig Heads Placed Outside Islamic School

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK

A man has been arrested in connection with the dumping two pig heads outside an Islamic girls' school in Lancashire. The heads were left at the gat...