UK Muslims

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.

The Sunday Times Forced To Apologise For 'Enclaves Of Islam In UK' Story

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK

The Sunday Times has issued an apology after it was revealed a story it ran claiming “enclaves of Islam see UK as 75% Muslim” was based on a surve...

YouTuber Films Outraged Video As He's 'Kicked Off Airplane For Speaking Arabic'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK

LATEST: Delta Airlines Says YouTuber Adam Saleh Removed From Flight For ‘Provocative’ Behaviour An American YouTuber has claimed he was kicked off...

My Great British Oath To Sajid Javid MP

Maria Munir | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Munir

Words will not make me authentically British. Am I converting to Britishianity? (I coined that phrase, because apparently we can coin entire value systems by copying global ones nowadays). If we are truly moving towards advocating secular systems, why this strange fundamentalism?

Muslims Like Us - Where Were The Religious Conservatives?

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

Like most viewers, I was gripped by the BBC's Muslims Like Us. Ten British Muslims were put in one house Big Brother-style. Within the first few minutes, most of them had taken against the notorious Islamist Anthony Small, who now calls himself Abdul Haqq.

How Should Muslims Living In The West Respond To The Rise Of Right Wing Populism?

Basit Mahmood | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

We cannot afford to be mere spectators, irrespective of how bad the present situation is, it can always get a lot worse. We cannot allow the far right's narrative of Islam and Muslims being the primary threat to all, go unchallenged. More of us must act, and act beyond our comfort zones, if we are to defeat their narrative.

Muslims Like Us - Early Christmas Present For The Far Right And Extremist Islamists

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The BBC must not underestimate the impact the media has on gullible individuals and how this tragically impacts our most vulnerable. Muslims don't want preferential treatment, but equality. Why would we single out British Muslims, would we do this with other communities?

Including Abdul Haq In 'Muslims Like Us' Allowed Us To Challenge And Debate His Views

Fatima Salaria | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Fatima Salaria

Viewers will end up concluding that people like Abdul Haq do not speak for Muslims as a whole and that moderate Muslims can, and do, challenge such voices. They will also see that British Muslims can just be as intelligent, compassionate, mean, rude, polite, and dysfunctional as any other community in Britain. In that sense, the programme is humanising.

Thoughts On Social Cohesion Following The Recent Publication Of The Casey Report

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Following the publication of the long-awaited review of integration by Louise Casey, I want to spend a little time considering its findings and implications.

As A Muslim, I Love Peppa Pig. And She Loves Me Because I Won't Eat Her

Menissa Saleem | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Menissa Saleem

I suppose there probably is a market for religious cartoons but I will bet a cool million those cartoons are dreadful. Kids don't want to watch cartoons where you learn some naff pious message. They want to giggle at something naughty. Don't we all?

Trump Wins, Islamophobia Rises

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes. For instance, in Ann ...

Why British Muslims Will Be Gift Giving This Christmas

Jehangir Malik | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jehangir Malik

A few days ago, Amazon, the online marketplace, unwrapped a new advert featuring an Imam and a Vicar exchanging gifts ahead of Christmas. I tend not t...

Every Muslim Knows Things Will Never Be The Same Again

Basit Mahmood | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Muslims have been woefully underrepresented in both public life and politics, with turnout far lower in Europe in elections than other groups. Yet we can no longer afford to remain apathetic. We must not allow their world to be built, no matter how powerless and helpless we feel.

Integration And Assimilation: Politicians Need to Know The Difference.

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Politicians have misused 'integration' to describe assimilation. In doing so, they have given false expectations of what it produces. Migrant groups are consequently misrepresented as isolated and disloyal.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

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...