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Meliha Hayat-Sandhu

Freelance Journalist, Sub Editor & Radio Producer

Working as a Sub Editor for International faith journal The Review of Religions (in circulation since 1902) and a producer for Voice of Islam radio
Can We Put Religion On Hold At

Can We Put Religion On Hold At Work?

Being a Muslim woman, society has defined my life in many different ways, but one thing I can tell you, is that out of all of those adjectives, dull certainly won't appear on that list. We are always a focal point of discussion and let's face it my presence could liven up any dismal gathering. My very being is always brought to question, as many struggle to decide whether my hijab is a symbol of empowerment or mark of oppression.
17/03/2017 12:55 GMT
Is France Putting It's Own Democracy At Risk Over A

Is France Putting It's Own Democracy At Risk Over A Burkini?

My message to the people of France is much the same, that we should not use religion as a scapegoat and ignore the social issues and divides that are causing friction in our society. That is what feeds extremists elements and gives them more material to spread their message of hate.
01/09/2016 11:24 BST
Can a Killer Be a True

Can a Killer Be a True Muslim?

Leaflets calling for the killing of Ahmadi Muslims have been found in a mosque in south London. The literature in question stated that Ahamdi Muslims should face death or 'capital punishment' if they refuse to convert to mainstream Islam.
13/04/2016 12:10 BST
Thousands of Muslims Are Gathering in Hampshire This

Thousands of Muslims Are Gathering in Hampshire This Weekend

they are uniting to help target religious extremism by holding the largest international religious convention in the UK; global religious leaders, parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats will gather together to discuss how to combat fanaticism in Islam.
19/08/2015 12:48 BST
Fasting: It's More Than Just

Fasting: It's More Than Just Starvation

Over the next month millions of Muslims across the world will be observing fasts during the month of Ramadhan (the Islamic month of fasting). Fasting is a very important component in Islam; it is one of the five main pillars that make up the values of the religion and is also seen as a practice that is good for the soul.
18/06/2015 15:30 BST
Suppression of Women, Culture or

Suppression of Women, Culture or Faith?

Independent Muslim women have achieved great milestones throughout history and continue to break social barriers by using their beliefs as a source of empowerment.
10/03/2015 12:58 GMT
Only Education Can Defeat

Only Education Can Defeat Terrorism

Pupils are returning to school this week in Peshawar for the first time following a massacre in which more than 150 students and teachers were killed.
15/01/2015 10:16 GMT
Why the Prophet Muhammad Would Condemn Such

Why the Prophet Muhammad Would Condemn Such Violence

Islam is not the first religion to be manipulated by criminals for their own socio-political agenda, but unfortunately the glaring voices of extremism have overshadowed the moderate majority, who much like the rest of the world, strongly condemn such horrific acts of violence.
08/01/2015 10:32 GMT
Why Are All Our New Year's Resolutions So

Why Are All Our New Year's Resolutions So Superficial?

Religions throughout the world use the New Year as a time to repent for their sins and seek a more enlightened path, perhaps the world can take a step back from vanity and seek a more charitable and selfless path, maybe if we each focused on the importance of others then perhaps 2015 could be a year of positive social change.
31/12/2014 16:53 GMT
How Education Has Become a Victim in Pakistan's War on

How Education Has Become a Victim in Pakistan's War on Terror

If different decisions had been made in Pakistan's history, this may have been possible but for now the future of good education in Pakistan remains bleak, if the leaders of this country invested more in the their education sector then perhaps the Taliban wouldn't have been able to recruit so many young men into their initiative.
17/12/2014 00:55 GMT
United States of America: Liberty, Freedom and Justice for

United States of America: Liberty, Freedom and Justice for All?

Liberals and Conservatives alike were outraged by the decision made by a grand jury in America not to charge a white New York City police officer named Daniel Pantaleo, after he placed an unarmed Blackman named Eric Garner into a choke hold and killed him. ..
10/12/2014 17:40 GMT
Reform the British Youth if you want to get rid of threat from

Reform the British Youth if you want to get rid of threat from ISIS

Home secretary Theresa May has raised concerns over jihadist returning from Iraq and Syria but fails to realize the greatest threat we face is home grown extremism. Even if the government is able to implement new laws that will see returning jihadists losing their passports they will not be able to confiscate their funding, training and desire to overthrow the western world.
27/11/2014 11:44 GMT
Death at the Hands of Culture, Not

Death at the Hands of Culture, Not Religion

We can certainly commend all health officials working on the ground level to abolish these cruel rituals in countries such as Egypt but it really is up to the religious leaders of the world to unite with great determination to help abolish this cruel practice; a practice that has no solid historical evidence to suggest that this can be done in the name of the name of God.
24/11/2014 15:28 GMT