UK Islamophobia

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.

The Expected Consequence Of The Westminster Attack Has Yet To Emerge

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Londoners have proved they know the difference “between extremists and ordinary Muslims” after an expected spike in hate crime following the Westm...

Even If Protecting Ourselves Were Our Only Concern, Turning Away Child Refugees Is A Bad Idea

Sonia Curtis | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Sonia Curtis

We must not buckle under hateful rhetoric. We must remain clear-headed enough to examine the facts and not to lose our values of equality and humanity. We must instead stand together. We must continue to see children as children, worthy of protection at all costs.

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.