UK Muslims

Muslim Teen Reveals Father's Response When She Told Him She Wanted To Stop Wearing The Hijab

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Fed up of people suggesting all Muslim women are ‘forced’ to wear hijabs, 17-year-old Lamyaa asked her dad what he’d think if she stopped wearin...

Theology Teaches Us To Stand United In Defiance Against Terrorism

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The tragic bombing of Coptic churches and the callous murder of scores of Christians in Egypt, is yet another reminder of the throes endured by Christian communities in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS.

Moving, Muslims And Mosques And Why I Fear They Might Be Turning Me Ever So Slightly Prejudiced

Paul Marshall | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK
Paul Marshall

I recently bought a flat in London. Well, whoop-de-doo for me. Not so far out of town (Wolverhampton, for instance) that even an estate agent with the...

Why I As A Muslim Will Never Hide My Faith At Work

Areeb Siddiqui | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Areeb Siddiqui

We cannot let the actions of a few be representative of the 22% of the human race that identify as Muslim, but neither can we let them dictate the way in which we live our lives. By hiding the aspects of our faith that we hold most dear, we miss the opportunity to show those of other faiths and cultures the other side of the coin through our daily interactions with people at work and at school.

Terrorism Has No Religion

Molly Thompson | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

Unfortunately in every group that holds a particular belief system, there are always those who take the messages too far or make their own definitions...

London Has Not Fallen - Thoughts Following Westminster Attack

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

The hallmark of great people and a strong nation is defined in the face of adversity. For communities across the UK, the attack on Westminster should inspire more community efforts that help build resilience in people and institutions. Part of the process requires communities to understand the important role they play in facilitating efforts to eradicate hatred from society.

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.

There Can Be No 'Shared Society' Without Investment In Arts And Culture

Luqman Ali | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luqman Ali

There can be no "shared society" without investment in arts and culture. Theresa May's calls for a 'shared society' have been lauded as a step in the right direction in an increasingly fragmented Britain, especially after a Brexit vote that split the nation.

Converting To Islam

Jessica Smith | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Jessica Smith

Five years ago I met a guy, it was a corny cliché romance. He was charming, fun, cheeky and rarely serious. I fell in love straight away. I was att...

Sexual Politics In The South Asian Muslim Community

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Being South-Asian and Muslim are not to blame here, I'm merely acknowledging that as a female, South Asian Muslim, my intersecting identities have enabled me to notice gender inequality first-hand and experience the troublesome nature of sexual politics that have affected women for generations and are still affecting many of us today.

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.

If You Write A Play About A Muslim Woman People Assume It's About Syria Or Violence Against Women

Ambreen Razia | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ambreen Razia

all women everywhere So before telling stories about 'Jihadi brides' I wanted to present a raw tale of a girl simply searching for her own identity. A teenager who is seeking what every young person seeks at that age, love and affirmation.

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 ...

Our Struggle For Equal Opportunity Has Become Invisible To Governments Only Concerned With Counter Extremism

Basit Mahmood | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

I've seen plenty of campaigns and events aimed at the Muslim community dedicated to combatting extremism. Yet when I sit with friends I realise the sheer gap between what defines the lives of ordinary Muslims, desires for a sense of belonging, for equality, for a sense that we matter too and what governments and others think has come to define them.

Phoebe English's Collection Sparks A Conversation Of Unity, But Where Are My Hijab-Wearing Sisters At London Fashion Week?

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

My closing thoughts rest on the rising global voices in fashion that originate from vastly different cultures and belief systems, and that speak on behalf of under-represented groups. I want to sit at shows and presentations alongside men and women representing all colours, faiths and styles

Extremely British Muslims - Love, Dating And Marriage

Adam Deen | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Adam Deen

The strain between conservative Islamic practices and more progressive, broadminded approaches to dating and marriage are perhaps best demonstrated with the visible struggle of Extremely British Muslims' 28-year-old Ash.

I Cycled To Iran And Found A Warm, Hospitable Country - But Women's Rights Has A Long Way To Go

Rebecca Lowe | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Rebecca Lowe

The woman, 37, was a PhD student at the local university. She was married, but lived alone because her husband remarried nine years ago after she told him she didn't want children. They never divorced, however, so she was unable to leave the country without his consent.

When My Daughter Asked 'Mummy, What's A Terrorist?' I Knew I Had To Work On Extremely British Muslims

Fozia Khan | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Fozia Khan

I have been making documentary films for the past 16 years. But unlike many other Muslims I know working in the industry, I have avoided making documentaries about Islam and Muslims. This was a deliberate choice I made very early in my career; I didn't want to be typecast.

Muslim Students: Voices For Good Will Trump Hate

Zara Mohammed | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Mohammed

We call upon all Muslim students to carry on being the drivers of change and a source of good for our communities. Let us carry on building relationships and not allowing creeping hate to enter our world.

America Should Be Welcoming Muslim Students Not Turning Them Away

Nick Petford | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Petford

The ruling by Donald Trump to place a temporary ban on Muslims from selected countries entering the USA has provoked global outrage. While a similar ban on students wanting to study in the UK seems (hopefully) inconceivable, when it comes to obtaining entry visas bona fide students and staff from Muslim countries can face an uphill struggle.

The Tenderness of The Individual, The Cruelty of The Crowd

Tim Arnold | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Arnold

To show the best of our humanity, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with every individual who feels their freedom is under attack. Because one day, it could be our freedom that is threatened.

Theresa May Finally Speaks Out Against Donald Trump's Muslim Refugee Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK

Theresa May has finally spoken out against Donald Trump’s refugee ban after being savaged for staying silent on the issue throughout Saturday. The P...

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...

I'm Tired Of The Double Standards In The Integration Debate

Basit Mahmood | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

Integration is 'not a two way street' were the words of Dame Louise Casey earlier in the week as she provided follow up evidence to the House of Commons communities committee following the publication of her report on segregation and immigration into the UK.