Omar Shahid
Omar Shahid is a freelance journalist. He has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, Times, Independent,, MTV, Huffington Post and local papers. He is also former politics editor of Live Magazine, a national youth publication.

Entries by Omar Shahid

The Deen Institute & Islam's Intellectual Revival

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2013 | (03:19)


"The greatest challenge facing Islam in the west is intellectual," said Seyyed Hossein Nasr, late last year, at Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Canada. "We have to revive our intellectual tradition," he urged the crowd. "But the Salafi movement is against...

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Investigation: Deportations to Africa Tearing Apart Families

(1) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (10:40)

Mohamed Hashi, a Somalian-born Brit, is wearing a black suit and a white shirt; he's smiling and laughing as he sits down to discuss his son, Mahdi, in an east London office. Mohamed, however, has no reason to be so happy. He hasn't heard from his son in over six...

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The Concert of the Year

(3) Comments | Posted 8 April 2012 | (13:17)

For the first time ever, Awakening Records - the biggest Islamic record label worldwide - is bringing together all their artists for one night to perform at HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London. The night will feature multi-platinum award winning musician Maher Zain; Raef, whose Islamic cover songs...

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Album Review: Logic & Last Resort, True Talk

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2011 | (01:48)

In an age where hip-hop has become synonymous with thoughtless lyrics and violence - the antipode of its origins - Logic, a London-based MC, has set out on a mission to shatter that stereotype with his alliterative first major release True Talk. The album has a clear summer...

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Restless Beings: Human Writes 2

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2011 | (00:05)

Hip Hop and Rap isn't always portrayed in the best way: diatribe, misogyny and violence is often linked with the two genres. However, Restless Beings, a non-profitable charity founded in 2007, decided to bring a nexus of talented Hip Hop artists together to 'ignite your conscious' on Saturday...

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Pakistan: The Perfect Scape-Goat For America's Failed War in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted 29 September 2011 | (22:44)

Ties between America and Pakistan are constantly oscillating - so much so that Mirza Aslam Baig, former Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, believes the two countries could go to war in the near future.

America and Pakistan are supposed to be allies in the war on terror, but the...

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Why is Mental Illness on the Rise?

(1) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (13:59)

New findings from the European College of Psychopharmacology reports that 164.8 million Europeans - 38.2% of the population - suffers from a mental disorder.

However the recognition and medicalization of mental illnesses is now more prevalent then ever; doctors are accused of too hastily classifying 'abnormal behaviour' as a mental...

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£4,000 For Car Insurance? No Wonder The Youth Are Rioting

(5) Comments | Posted 29 August 2011 | (20:00)

The latest Watson car insurance index shows the average 17-20 year-old male is now paying £4,006 per annum for a comprehensive cover.

Yes, over £4,000. How many youngsters can even afford cars worth £4,000?

AA insurance has found that premiums for 17-22 year-olds has risen, on average, by 80%...

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Will We See Rioting in The Future - A Student Take

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2011 | (15:04)

It's not often that the majority of the adult population who comment on youth-related issues are right. But since the riots erupted in Tottenham on Saturday, the youth who have destroyed buildings, set alight random cars and looted shops, have been labeled as 'animals' and 'thugs' and quite rightly so....

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Ramadan is Approaching: Why do Muslims Fast?

(1) Comments | Posted 2 August 2011 | (17:48)

The month of fasting for Muslims, also known as Ramadan, is looming. But why is it that Muslims fast?

Fasting is a Quranic injunction prescribed upon the believers so that they may attain self restraint (2:183). The idea of discipline is all about taming the human soul and not...

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Extradition Crisis: The Case of Talha Ahsan

(0) Comments | Posted 27 July 2011 | (20:08)

It has been five years since Talha Ahsan has been in prison without trial or charge, and is awaiting a decision from the European Court of Human Rights regarding an extradition request filed by the US government.

Ahsan, who suffers from aspergers syndrome and was known by friends and family...

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The Clear Ignorance of Richard Dawkins

(24) Comments | Posted 24 July 2011 | (16:57)

In this weeks New Statesman magazine there is an article called: Faith no more. Andrew Zak Williams asked an array of public figures why they don't believe in God. This follows an article written in April where Williams asked 30 other public figures why they believed in God....

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What's the Future Of Journalism?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2011 | (23:48)

What's the future of journalism given the hacking scandal, and the rise and rise of blogs? Omar Shahid and Rizwan Syed find out.

As aspiring journalists it is hard for us to see the name of journalism tainted amid all the phone hacking scandals and other rogue activities taking place...

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South Korea's Weird Obsession With Plastic Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2011 | (14:31)

I'm in Dubai International Airport, sitting in the lounge area waiting for my flight back to London when I meet Davina Spencer [name changed to hide identity], a South African teacher who regularly teaches in Seoul, South Korea. My conversation with her was, erm, weird but also intriguing.

To say...

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