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.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was quizzed on his views on gay marriage and islam during a visit to a school in Birmingham
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.
When I first saw the distressing news reports on television networks that a man thought to be a British soldier had been brutally murdered on the streets of London by two men in what was suspected to be an act of terrorism I immediately had a strong feeling that the killers would claim to be Muslims.
Young Muslims in the UK are more likely to experience exclusion because of where they live as well as limited access to economic opportunities. Muslims aged 16-24 have a higher chance of being unemployed in comparison to the general population.
In the last few months the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) has been through a number of trials and tribulations that have been well documented.