#Muslim

Burka Ban Or The Start Of A UK Muslim Ban?

Rema Begum C | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Rema Begum C

Most people cannot comprehend the magnitude of telling someone to remove a religious article of clothing. The burka is not just a piece of cloth. It is a part of an identity. Worn with the understanding of the creed and for the love of religion. There is a spiritual and emotional connection. By having a ban implemented, it will create further barriers preventing the interaction between the wider social group and stigmatising the minority.

The Pursuit Of Understanding My Faith

Rema Begum C | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK
Rema Begum C

When people looked at me, I no longer felt self-conscious. I felt empowered and true to myself. I believe I was able to implement the new knowledge I gained combined with what I was taught as a child, to help attain a sound understanding and an unbreakable connection with my faith.

How British Muslims United For London

Lotifa Begum | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lotifa Begum

We stand together united for London to overcome the hate and to prevent such attacks from creating further division in a city that I love so much, a city that celebrates diversity and people from all walks of life.

Unicorns, Hijab, And Identity

Hanan Issa | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanan Issa

I am drawn to the unique. As a child I was painfully reminded of my own Otherness when a neighbour's mother told me I had 'filthy black hands'. From that point onwards I have felt a natural affinity with the unusual, the different.

Is The Hijab Being Turned Into Everything It Stands Against?

Priya Jasmin Begum | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Style
Priya Jasmin Begum

Understandably, many Muslims are welcoming these companies' moves. Why not? It is a sign that we are being acknowledged as consumerists. Companies have discovered a niche in the market from social media where hijab fashion bloggers have created a platform for themselves and are using apps, in particular Instagram, to showcase modest fashion.

ECJ Ruling: Policing The Muslim Woman's Body

Priya Jasmin Begum | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Priya Jasmin Begum

The European Court of Justice has just ruled that religious symbols, such as hijabs, turbans and kippahs may be banned in the workplace. This is no less than an attack on people that practice a religion and are required to wear visible religious symbols; most of whom are ethnic minorities. It essentially legalises discrimination. And the right wing are celebrating.

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

Zobia Shahid | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zobia Shahid

all women everywhere I am not an assortment of labels, or boxes, or tags. The stereotypes that you attach to me, consciously or subconsciously, the person you assume me to be simply upon seeing me, is more reflective of who you are, than who I am.

Navigating The Minefield Of US Travel Bans

Frank Brehany | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Frank Brehany

The news that President Trump is about to sign yet another Executive Order, which will apparently reinstate the Muslim Travel Ban into the United Stat...

It's Time To Change The Rhetoric On Immigration

Ged Grebby | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ged Grebby

President Trump has hit the ground running in terms of building 'fortress USA' and in doing so has failed to recognise the undeniably significant history of migration on which his beloved USA was founded and the contribution of migrants in helping to make America 'great'.

First Ever Muslim-Friendly 'Modest' Fashion Week Held In London

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Style

Not only did this weekend mark the annual London Fashion Week but now the capital’s first ever ‘Modest Fashion Week’ has taken place at the Saat...

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.

Why These Seven Muslim Majority Countries? A Marathon Runner's Guide To Middle Eastern Politics, Part 2

Michael Barron | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Michael Barron

The New York Marathon was the first marathon I ran in the USA. That was in 1998. I have two strong memories from that event, aside from the pain of ...

Hate Crimes? I Believe Britain Is Better Than That

Karolina Kołodziej | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Karolina Kołodziej

Post-referendum we have witnessed increased levels of physical and verbal violence as well as acts of vandalism towards EU nationals and other minorities living in the UK. Disturbing as these events are it is important to note that the Polish community also received great support and many acts of kindness from the British community. Politicians, community leaders and ordinary citizens voiced their shock and horror as well as assured us that it Britain is open to all.

Landing And Leaving Expat Life In Dubai

Susan Devaney | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Devaney

I'm standing on the cobbled streets of Rome, surrounded by politely pink pastel walls. It's my final stop. I had moved to Dubai shortly after my 2...

Muslim Women Reveal What It's Like To Wear A Hijab In The US

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

American Muslim women have spoken out about the extreme reactions they’ve witnessed to wearing a Hijab in public, including being held at gunpoint a...

Human Among Humans - What Remembrance Sunday Means For A Muslim Girl With The SAS

Azi Ahmed | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Azi Ahmed

My dad was a former soldier who died in 2012. A few years earlier, I remember one of our last outings together. It was a few days before Remembrance...

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....

Halal Tourism: An Important Idea In Tourism Industry

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Despite the passing of the summer, tourist activities continue. This is because each season promises exciting feelings and opportunities in many touri...

Freedom, Women And Business Etiquette In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rana Nejem

Freedom, right and wrong, honour and shame are not universal concepts. They mean different things to different people and their bases of reference are not the same across all cultures. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that women who do not drive or women who wear the veil are somehow oppressed and will 'see the light' once they learn more about Western gender equality.

We Asked Muslims What It Means To Be British

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

“To be a British Muslim means to very uniquely love one’s country and uniquely love one’s religion and see the two as interdependent,” says Ad...

Christian Woman Helps Muslim Robbery Victim With Incredible Gesture

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

A Muslim butcher who suffered serious injuries in a robbery at his shop has received a touching gesture from a Christian woman who read about his plig...

Ramadan in Morocco: An Outsider's Perspective

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Our plane was descending slowly. From the window, we could see overlay yellow lights like sparkling stars in the dark night. Meanwhile, the pilot instructed all passengers to fasten their seatbelts and move their seats into an upright position. Our hearts beat faster and faster. We could not wait to begin our short trip to a country to which we had long been looking forward: Morocco.

There's a Hijabi in the New Season of 'Orange Is the New Black' - And She Is Awesome

Hanan Issa | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hanan Issa

She wasn't shown to be a zealot constantly praying or sharing words of wisdom with her fellow inmates. She read books not exclusively about Islam and even participated in a money-making scheme some of the other African-American inmates organised. She. Is. Normal. And I can't tell you how awesome it is to see a 'normal' Muslim on TV.

Brexit: An Emigrant's View From Belgium

Jessica Smith | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jessica Smith

Despite being born and raised in England, I no longer identify as British. It feels unsettling to say so, and I should add that I still hold a UK passport and have a deep affection for my country of origin. However, having having spent almost a third of my life living in France and Belgium, and learned a second language, I now see myself as European.

Muslim Woman Takes ‘Peace Selfie’ In Front Of Anti-Muslim Protesters

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

When party poopers turn up and try to turn a celebration sour there are a number of ways to react. One might slink off into the shadows, or one might ...