Soaring Muslim Prison Population Is a Blight on the Community

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has rightly called for an inquiry on rising prison populations from the Muslim community in London prisons. Figures show that 27% of London prisoners are Muslims; double the rate of the overall Muslim population in the city.

The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and Cartoons

Liam Deacon | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Deacon

The debate over group rights is contested, but what shouldn't be, is the fact that calling for instant and somewhat arbitrary retributive action against a single MP candidate, who has exercised a right afforded to everyone else, just isn't a convincing way to invite this debate into the public domain. Neither is it just or democratic.

Legoland In Lockdown: Theme Park To Shut Down Over Right-Wing Threats

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Legoland is due to shut down temporarily following threats from right-wing extremists. The theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, will have to close its...

Boris Johnson Has Lost The Plot

Sharmeen Ziauddin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sharmeen Ziauddin

Whilst Boris may have appeased some of the electorate by attacking members of the Muslim community, he's definitely lost me as a voter and possibly thousands of others. Social services have enough on their plate without making them work out which brown person is a religious Muslim parent and which is a radicalised Muslim parent.

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

Legoland Cancels Muslim Family Day Out After Far-Right Threats

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Legoland has announced it has cancelled a day trip arranged by Muslim families after staff and children were threatened by far-right extremists. Mo...

Religious Freedom Needs Free Speech

John Sargeant | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

A t-shirt is not usually newsworthy. When it depicts The Prophet Mohammed saying "How ya doing?" from the Jesus and Mo cartoon it has legs. When the story has intrigue, personal rivalry, politics and religion thrown in it runs and runs.

White Feminism

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Ackermann

I recognize the horrible irony of saying this as a white, cis, able-bodied woman, but feminist spaces need to prioritise the platforms of marginalised voices; poor women, LGBT+ women, disabled women, women of colour, and so on.

Time for Mosques to Go Green

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Nadeem Javaid

With storms like Typhoon Haiyan becoming a scarily more frequent occurrence, we need a truly global movement of people from all backgrounds and walks of life who are wide awake to the reality of climate change. Mosques in the UK and further afield in Europe are getting ready to Green Up! and do their bit to reduce their carbon footprints.

‘Muslim Patrol' Members Jailed For Harassment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Three members of a self-styled “Muslim Patrol” group in London have been jailed for harassing, intimidating and assaulting people they deemed were...

Ken Clarke: Women In Face Veil Wearing 'A Kind Of Bag'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK

Former justice secretary Ken Clarke has said Muslim women giving evidence in court should not be able to wear the face veil in court because it is alm...

Aung San Suu Kyi's Comments on Muslims Expose Endemic Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Tun Khin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Given the opportunity to clearly condemn attacks against Muslims, she repeatedly refused to do so. Instead she generalised by saying she condemned all violence and hatred. She has moral authority like no other person in Burma. When she speaks, people listen. If she strongly condemned attacks on Muslims it would make a difference.

Asa Bennett

All You Need To Know About Islamic Finance | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF) chair Tun Musa Hitam came to open trading at the London Stock Exchange on Monday to mark the WIEF being...

British Muslims Add Over £31 BILLION To UK Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

British Muslims contribute more than £31 billion to the UK economy and wield a spending power of £20.5 billion, a new report has found. The paper...

Old Bailey Evacuated As Mosque Bomber Due To Be Sentenced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK

London's Old Bailey was evacuated on Friday afternoon, after suspicious item was allegedly found by police in the courtroom where self-confessed racis...

Challenging Homelessness by King's College London Muslim Students

Faisel Alam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Faisel Alam

The most recent data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a very ominous rise in homelessness, now for the t...

What Has Happened to Black History Month in Britain?

Eva Simpson | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK
Eva Simpson

Black History Month, an event that was established 26 years ago to educate young people on black heritage and celebrate the best of African and Caribbean culture has become an embarrassing, tokenistic and insulting mess.

Changing Perceptions of Christian-Muslim Marriage

Julian Bond | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

As greater numbers of couples intermarry between faiths (and between ethnicities), what can Christians and Muslims do to ease tensions when 'two faiths meet'?

You Don't Like the Niqab? Get Over It

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Give me one good reason why a woman shouldn't be allowed to cover her face in public if that's what she wants to do. You don't object to her covering her buttocks, do you, or her breasts? Do you find it offensive if a woman wears sunglasses? And anyway, what's it got to do with you?

British-born Girls Who Wear the Niqab Aren't That Different to Boys Who Flash Their Underwear

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O'Neill

There's a palpable streak of narcissism among British-born niqab-wearers. In certain Islamic countries, the full face veil has the effect of making women anonymous. In Britain, it has the opposite effect: it makes you stand out from the crowd and turns you into an object of intrigue.

There Is No Compulsion in Islam to Wear the Niqab

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Shamim Chowdhury

If the accusation is that the banning of the niqab goes against religious freedom, the foremost question must be whether the niqab itself has any kind of theological basis. Until now there has been no compelling evidence to suggest that it has, and this is what appears to have got lost in the debate.

Muslim Woman Told To Remove Veil While Giving Evidence

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

A Muslim woman standing trial has been told she must remove her full-face veil while giving evidence, but will be allowed to wear it during the rest o...

Christians and Eid

Julian Bond | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

I wondered how UK Christians might respond to Ramadan and Eid. Could British churches follow the lead of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury in sending greetings to British Muslims? Apart from our most senior religious leaders, who have been trailblazers and pioneers of inter faith encounter, we have not seen such recognition of Muslim festivals. This is a new approach for a different era.

Muslim, Pakistani, Sportswoman, Leader, Student and Extremely Employable!

Rima Amin | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Sport
Rima Amin

How many women rugby players can you name? How many women footballers can you say are influential roles models? Furthermore how many of these women are Asian? They exist, the problem is we are not aware of them.

Ramadan Spirit: The Best Way to Fortify Morality

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Real-life Muslims have considerable contradictions in practical, day-to-day life: we have a disproportionately high number of Muslims in the prison population that is worrisome; there is a visible, although tiny, number of violent extremists who have been putting Muslims in the docks through their mindless acts. The Ramadan message needs to reach all Muslims.