UK Muslims

What Australia Is All About

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

The #illridewithyou campaign in a shining example of everything that's fantastic about Australia - even if as a Kiwi I have to say it through gritted teeth. Like the American cousins, they've got a lot of big, empty spaces, what is politely known as a 'frontier mentality' and a tendency to come across as a bit rough round the edges.

Forced Marriages: Are the Imams Doing Enough?

Sara Yasmin Anwar | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Sara Yasmin Anwar

Earlier this year the British government passed a much anticipated law by some in the British Asian community to criminalise forced marriages in England and Wales. Forced marriages are strictly prohibited in Islam, so surely the onus of tackling them should be with the imams. As defenders of the faith, imams have a responsibility to tackle forced marriages through theology.

The Terror Case of Ryan McGee That Never Was

Dilly Hussain | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Not a single article in the British press mentioned the word 'terrorist' in reference to McGee's case. The hypocrisy and double standards of the British justice system and the media is as clear as daylight.

Has This Sentencing Made Decision Us All Less Safe?

Bob Morgan | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

What are all those police officers and civil servants, involved in the Prevent Strategy meant to say to families when trying to persuade them to give the authorities information about their own children? You can trust us - your child will be treated as anyone else's? Their job just got harder - this sort of sentencing may well do a lot of harm and make us less safe.

Tory Peer Blames 'Many' Pub Closures On Non-Drinking Muslims

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory peer, and former brewery boss, has sparked outrage after blaming Muslims for "many pub closures" across Britain. Lord Hodgson of Astley Abb...

The Criminalisation of Islam in The British Media

Dilly Hussain | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The coordinated propaganda against Islam in the media is occurring for a reason, and that reason is to fan Islamophobia in order to create an atmosphere of hate, distrust, suspicion and fear of Muslims.

When Is a Religion Responsible for the Acts of Its Followers?

Farid Panjwani | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Farid Panjwani

What is the relationship between the teachings of a religion and the actions of its followers? What is the relationship between the text and the act? When, if ever, a religion, in this case Islam, can be credited with the acts, good or bad, of its followers?

Muslims Seen As 'Disloyal And Threatening' By Employers Who Won't Hire Them

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

Muslims experience the worst discrimination of any other minority group in the UK when it comes to job prospects, new research has found. The resea...

London University Bans Preacher 'Who Says Homosexuality Is A Filthy, Shameless Disease'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A preacher has been banned from appearing to speak at the University of East London after it reportedly emerged he had said homosexuality was an "obsc...

The Caliph, a Community and a Collective Sense of Identity

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The Ahmadiyya community is regarded by some within Muslim communities as being a non-Muslim heretical form of Islam. Whilst some choose to take this position, others outwardly voice this position on social media with hate targeted at this peaceful and pro-active community...

Muscular Liberalism and the Witch-Hunt of Muslim Schools

Dilly Hussain | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With such harsh intolerance towards Islam under the façade of preventing extremism, this will no doubt have a knock-on effect on community cohesion and how Muslims are perceived by the wider non-Muslim public.

Paul Vale

America's Second Muslim Congressman On The Bible Belt, Equal Marriage And Madrassas

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is running its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of religious people who've taken on ...

Hiding Anti-Muslim Bigotry Behind 'Free Speech' Won't Work

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why is it that there's outrage when newspapers are racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic, but not when they're Islamophobic? Why the double standard?

New Report Exposes Apparent Anti-Muslim Bias of Charity Commission

Salman Butt | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Salman Butt

The report mentions that Muslim charities have been disproportionately affected by investigations from the Commission since the appointment of Shawcross, with 38% of all disclosed investigations initiated between 1st January 2013 and 23rd April 2014 being on Muslim charities.

Jessica Elgot

These Converts Challenge Everything You Think You Know About Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on...

The Faith School - A Problem for Society?

Shohana Khan | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Shohana Khan

We are seeing a discussion develop since the alleged case of Trojan Horse in Birmingham, of the shunning of faith in education. And thus seeing the increasing scrutiny of the faith school.

Jews and Muslims of Britain Unite!

Asher Kessler | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

It is now that these two communities must understand how interdependent they are. When one community is attacked, the other is next in line. The hatred of Muslims in Europe is the same hatred that Jews have experienced for the last few centuries. When Jews perpetrate islamaphobic actions, they are creating an atmosphere in which anti-Semitism thrives and vice versa.

Late Night Discussions at The Jamans' - Syria, ISIS And The Caliphate

Dilly Hussain | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

It was a night I'll remember. I liked Tuhin and their brother-in-law, and my last visit reassured me why I chose to maintain a relationship with the Jamans despite the community's negativity towards them. I had developed a brotherly relationship with the boys, I saw their mother as my own mother, and after my in-laws' house, the Jamans' was where I felt most at home when I visited Portsmouth.

Jack Sommers

The British Military Imam Who Refused To 'Preach To The Converted'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is running its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on t...

Remembrance as an Expression of Gratitude

Asim Hafiz | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Asim Hafiz

At this time of reflection, as well as remembering those who have served and died for us, I hope we can find a moment to appreciate the values we share, and be thankful of their role in shaping our Armed Forces and what they fight to defend today.

Alan Henning Murder 'Turned Muslims Against IS'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

The murder of aid worker Alan Henning "shifted Muslim opinion wholesale" against his Islamic State (IS) killers, according to a Home Office anti-radic...

Poppy Hijab - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Dilly Hussain | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The poppy hijab is a counterproductive and patronising campaign, which singles out Muslims as being a suspect community whose allegiance lies elsewhere. Many British Muslims do put their religion before their nationality but that doesn't make them any less integrated.

Why I Quit the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

In spite of recent suggestions that the group had strengthened the evidence base relating to anti-Muslim prejudice through 'academic research', the harsh reality is somewhat different. In fact there has been no 'academic research' to have emerged from the group, let alone funded by it or indeed government.

Performers in Paris, Upstaged by a Niqab

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Intolerance breeds intolerance and laws that allow bigotry and racism as though they were a part and parcel of society are exactly the thing that encourages such attitudes. When we look at injustices far and wide it's so easy to express distaste but we must look closer to home and deal with the injustices and attitudes that are being imposed.

NUS Votes Against Condemning ISIS ... Because That Would Be 'Islamophobic'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been widely mocked after it voted against a motion to reject Islamic State (IS) - because it would be "Islamophobic...