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Fiyaz Mughal

Director and Founder of Faith Matters

Fiyaz Mughal OBE is director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline. www.faith-matters.org @FaithMattersUK
The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh

The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh Issue

The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions. Leaving President Putin to play the diplomat and honest broker between both parties simply means that Russia's influence on the region is maintained and surrounding satellite nations remain subservient to its geo-strategic and geo-political wishes.
22/09/2014 12:27 BST
A Chief Rabbi-Type Figure in Muslim Communities May Well Be Part of the

A Chief Rabbi-Type Figure in Muslim Communities May Well Be Part of the Solution

As long as Muslim communities do not have the equivalent to a Chief Rabbi, sadly, there will be a space in the social sphere which will be filled by those who are less interested in the welfare of Muslim communities, and more interested in making a name for themselves. Now is the time to grab this challenge with both hands.
12/09/2014 16:39 BST
Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an

Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an Afterthought

As we move forward, we call for Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across the country to place anti-Muslim hate at the heart of their hate crime strategies. No longer can tackling anti-Muslim hate be an appendage or an after-thought on hate crime strategies and it must be placed front and centre with other protected strands so that citizens of our country, who happen to be Muslim, can live their lives free from bigotry
19/06/2014 16:12 BST
Shifting Sands in Iran Towards Recognition of Minority

Shifting Sands in Iran Towards Recognition of Minority Faiths

Over a month ago, a significant shift took place in Iran regarding the status of minority faiths in the country. Before I go into this, Iran recently seemed to dominate my conversation with a young woman that I met by chance at a conference in Central London...
12/05/2014 10:05 BST
Azerbaijan's Jewish Heritage - A Hidden

Azerbaijan's Jewish Heritage - A Hidden Gem

Have you heard of Azerbaijan I asked the interfaith activist? No, was the response back and is that not a place in the East? Another activist blurted out reflexively saying, "isn't it some Russian state?"
22/04/2014 14:56 BST
The Woolwich Killers Must Not Be Allowed to Drive a Wedge Between

The Woolwich Killers Must Not Be Allowed to Drive a Wedge Between Communities

As we move into 2014, we hope that both Far Right and Al-Qaeda influenced groups and individuals realise that we collectively as communities, will not allow them to drive a wedge between us as residents and neighbours. Collectively, we can also counter their belief that a clash of civilisations is inevitable. It is not and we alone can prove them wrong.
20/12/2013 08:50 GMT
Do Not Downplay Anti-Muslim Hatred Whether Online or

Do Not Downplay Anti-Muslim Hatred Whether Online or Offline

Tell MAMA has recorded over 200 anti-Muslim incidents, both online and offline in nature, during the post-Woolwich period. Such incidents have included targeted hate statements and anti-Muslim abuse, through to property being damaged, anti-Muslim literature being circulated and mosques being targeted.
12/06/2013 18:08 BST
A Multicultural

A Multicultural Saint

This picture of St George is clearly not as simple and straightforward as far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) and its offshoots would like to make out when they march up and down waving the Cross of St George.
22/04/2013 17:54 BST
The Rising Scourge of Anti-Muslim

The Rising Scourge of Anti-Muslim Hatred

Our project reveals some disturbing findings. The majority of Muslims being physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith are women, according to MAMA's figures - and those doing it are white men increasingly likely to be linked to far-right groups.
12/03/2013 17:53 GMT
Faith Hate: The EDL Targets Faith Communities for New

Faith Hate: The EDL Targets Faith Communities for New Recruit

Whilst more and more lights are shone on the EDL and its affiliates, we believe that the future may give these far-right organisations more oxygen, as economies weaken in Europe. More than ever, the voices of reason within faith communities are needed and there is a need for all of us to report faith-hate crimes where we see them.
25/09/2012 16:55 BST