UK Muslims

Birmingham's Muslims: A City Of Challenges And Opportunities

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If successful, it is hoped that these conversations - which will undoubtedly need to be ongoing - will go some way to contributing towards making Birmingham an even more successful and cohesive city for all.

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....

Hundreds Of Muslims Just Protested Against Terrorism In Central London

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK

Oxford Street was brought to a standstill on Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of Muslims marked the festival of Ashura with a peaceful procession and s...

The Best Of #MuslimsReportStuff, Possibly The Funniest Trump-Trolling To Date

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Comedy

During Sunday night’s US presidential debate, Donald Trump called on Muslims to report “hatred” and “problems”, “when they see them”. Un...

Are Black Muslim Women Part Of The Natural Hair Conversation?

Adama Juldeh Munu | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Style
Adama Juldeh Munu

Despite thousands of online tutorials on how to take care of your natural hair, how to grow it long and the emergence of hair conventions and forums, Muslim women seem absent from this conversation.

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.

In 2016 I Have Been Told I Have To Be Sacked Because I'm Gay

Luke Holland | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Holland

We have come so far over the past 30 years but we still have so far to go. Homophobia isn't just restricted to one community or religion and picking on one community causes more divide. We must tackle homophobia and all discrimination as a collective

Why We Shouldn't Ban The Burka

Chris Whiting | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

It is not down to the British government or the British public to decide what ways of dressing are or are not domineering to Muslim women. Some wearers of the burka may well feel burdened by their clothing, but we also have a duty to consider those who feel empowered by wearing one.

Why Banning The Burkini Is An Affront To Human Rights And Ultimately Counterproductive

Sanchita Islam | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Sanchita Islam

By enforcing this ban do they think these women will just disappear, is that the aim? What is the objective of such a policy? The Mayor of Cannes argues that the sight of the women in a burkini makes people fearful during this sensitive time - fearful of what exactly?

Guardian Reader Makes Compelling Argument For Banning Suits Rather Than Burkinis

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK

A Guardian reader has made an intriguing case for why suits should be banned instead of burkinis based on the amount of harm caused to him by people w...

Muslim Women- We Are Not Commodities To Be Sold In Your Political Marketplace

Hanan A Khalek | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK Politics
Hanan A Khalek

The actual problem at hand, that perhaps someone could shed light on, is this internalised archaic colonial fetishization, that we are shockingly still forced to be a part of in 2016. There is a multitude of Muslim women with a multitude of firm voices ready to share a multitude of opinions because we are not a homogenous group, you are all just speaking too loudly over us to hear any of it.

Where Are Our Imams? We need you

Azi Ahmed | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Azi Ahmed

They have a duty to discuss a wider range of topics. So, if young people are vulnerable; are not sure about their faith, are scared about their religion and what it means; may possibly feel under pressure of social media - Imams need to tackle this.

A Muslim Woman's Beach "Fashion Faux Pas"

Nishaat Ismail | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Nishaat Ismail

This may seem like a frivolous debate to have amidst ravaging wars across the globe and unprecedented levels of political uncertainty in Britain and across Europe but lets no longer glaze our words with honey and accept that this policing of Muslim women's attire is symptomatic of an entrenched issue France has with Islam.

The Burkini Ban - A Conversation with the French Police

Alexandra Chaloux | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Alexandra Chaloux

- We are the French Police! We're going to stop those terrorist attacks once and for all! - Oh, thank goodness! How are you going to do that? - At the beach! - What?

We Asked British Muslim Women What They Think Of France's Burkini Ban

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK

A number of beaches in France have barred women from wearing burkinis, in the wake of deadly terror attacks on Nice and a Catholic church in France. F...

Burkini Ban Boosts Sales 'By 200%'

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Style

The burkini ban in parts of France has caused widespread debate - but despite wearing one being punishable by fine, one manufacturer claims sales have...

This Festival Brought 30,000 Muslims Together To Condemn Extremism

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK

A festival held in the middle of a field in rural Hampshire brought 30,000 Muslims together to try and tackle extremism. The ‘Jalsa Salana’, which...

By Banning The Burkini, The French Are Blaming Muslims

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

At worst, the ban is another example of French institutional Islamophobia. At best, it would seem to be a smokescreen behind which the real reason Corsica is "sitting on a powder-keg" of tensions and violence. And that powder keg would seem to be rather more about Corsican nationalists than Muslims or those of North African origin.

Muslim Women Face Discrimination And Stereotype When Seeking Jobs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK

The Government needs to do more to tackle discrimination against Muslim women when looking for a job, a hard-hitting report has warned as it raised co...

The Hijab: More Than Just a Piece of Cloth

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The hijab worn by Muslim women is still regarded by many as a problematic ideological symbol; thereby making many women vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, and violence. Islamophobia that is spreading in some parts of the world should be scrapped because, as a religion, Islam is the same as other dominant religions in the world; namely, one that respects differences. Would it not be boring if everyone was uniform in their beliefs?

Two of the Worst Words in Politics

Andrew Legon | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Legon

It's strange though, that when people were asked about their trust in public figures, they had the common sense not to believe Joey Essex on this issue. And yet most of us probably have about as much knowledge as him on many of the big, complex issues we face. We're all Joey Essex, in a way. But we seem to trust ourselves. Maybe we shouldn't?

Ethnic Rohingya Muslims Are Entitled to Enjoy Their Fundamental Rights

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all individuals have rights based upon their race, colour, gender, language, religi...

Anti-Muslim Abuse Countered Brilliantly With This Fact About Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK

A fact about British Muslims’ charitable donations during Ramadan is being shared online after the furore around a Sun column arguing that Muslim jo...

Bangladesh in the Hands of Terrorists

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

The terror attack is a sad way to end this blessed month of Ramadan for the people of Bangladesh. It is a terrible end of so many innocent lives. I feel intensely distressed by these massacres. As an Imam I offer my sincere prayers and condolences for those who have lost their lives in these atrocities. Bangladesh, may God grant you true freedom and shelter from tyranny. May God make you a great nation again.

A Tale of Two Mosques

Richard Reoch | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As a Buddhist, I have spent the last month - to the surprise of many - visiting the morning and evening prayers at my local mosque during this holy month of Ramadan. In brutal contrast, this morning I woke up to the news that my fellow Buddhists in Southeast Asia had just razed a local mosque to the ground.