UK Islamophobia

I'm Just Like You

Farida Ahmed | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Farida Ahmed

As a British Muslim woman I often fear that the backlash of such terrorist incidents will put me in a hugely vulnerable position, as a target for Islamophobic and racist attacks. I have been subject to many in the past, and it makes me feel very uncomfortable knowing that my choice of wearing the hijab makes me a very visible and obvious target.

To Hijab Or De-jab?

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing which has been central to me writing it; I don't know if I want to continue wearing the hijab.

Women Came Away From Our Event With Hope... Now We Need Action

Laura Marks OBE | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Laura Marks OBE

Last weekend, as I co-chaired Britain's first ever Jewish/Muslim conference with my 'Muslim sister' Julie Siddiqi, I saw the efforts of so many of us ...

Stopping The Far Right At The Ballot Box Is Only Half The Battle - We Must Also Ensure Mainstream Parties Do Not Adopt Their Rhetoric

Basit Mahmood | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

We must make clear that our votes and support should not be taken for granted, that we are unwilling to act as mere bystanders in a race to the bottom. For a failure to do so means that the far right has won, irrespective of whether they win on election day.

What You Can Do To Fight Hate

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Whoever you are, whatever your ability, your confidence level or your circumstances you can add your voice to the increasingly vociferous determination of those who want a better world and are willing to put the work in to get it.

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— BBC...