As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, I attended the University of Liverpool's "Challenging Hate Crime: Research, Policy and Practice" confer...
It is clear that some of our fellow citizens continue to believe that it is acceptable to target other citizens and community members. If anything, these latest figures should energise us to tackle bigotry, prejudice and intolerance where we find it. If they fail to do so, then there will be further challenges ahead for us all.
Virtually all Halloween traditions are based either in ancient pagan culture, or in Western culture. From an Islamic point of view, they are all forms of idolatry and as such are forbidden. Indeed if you are caught entering the UAE with items related to witchcraft you will receive a lifetime ban.
We're in a culture that teaches queer people that we don't deserve to be religious. We are taught to put faith only in ourselves because self love is the only love we will feel. Queer people don't deserve faith or hope, because why pray when you're already queer?
The article below appears in the second edition of the digital magazine Haqiqah (meaning the reality) and Qari Asim is the Senior Editor. The magazine...
Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.
The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.
I see how amazing and rewarding life can be, and although I have grown as a person from my experiences, I am upset at the amount of time my illness has made me waste. During these months of the year, when there are festivals after festival, surrounded by many a mealtime, I am trying my best to enjoy and acknowledge the beauty and root of these joyous times.
I hope that one day I will find a church that will celebrate my future relationship with another man. One that will celebrate my future marriage (and here's hoping it happens) to a man. Until then what I will do is take away the lessons that I have learnt and continue to apply them to my everyday life. Knowing that God loves me for who I am, regardless of who I fall in love with.
Muslims and Jews can only overcome challenges through solidarity and mutual cooperation to prevail over shared hatred, education, not legislation is needed. On both sides, the urge to live and let live peacefully must prevail over any other sentiments.
Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.
As we celebrate the United Nations Day of Peace we see that despite the progress made since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights there is so much more which needs to be done if we are to establish peace in the world.
For all observing this Sunday night, here's wishing you a 'Shana Tova' - A happy, healthy new year. For everyone else, may the dawning of a new season bring you peace and joy.
The Assisted Dying Bill would put in place a framework that would not be progressive for those most in need of care and protection. Pitched as offering empowerment for the many, instead it risks the creation of a more hostile environment for the most vulnerable as the price of comfort for the few.
I suppose it comes down to this - I don't believe in any god or an afterlife and so I don't want to be deprived of an opportunity to avoid unnecessary suffering at the end of my life because someone else might think my suffering would be good thing.
When I speak to people about religion and sexuality, the most common response is "its okay, I have no problem. People can be who they want to be". Bearing this phrase in mind, it got me wondering why religion can't become a passionate part of Pride.