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Let Us Fight Inequality To Create A Better Britain

Let Us Fight Inequality To Create A Better Britain

Social Mobility Commission’s (SMC) December 2016 report Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility highlighted the “broken promises for many groups” in recent Britain. Its key findings drew attention to four categories of people that were struggling for good jobs and better opportunities in life: White British vulnerability to school underperformance; Black underperformance in secondary and higher...
How Serious Is The Segregation Of Britain’s Communities?

How Serious Is The Segregation Of Britain’s Communities?

A recent report co-authored by Professor Ted Cantle and Professor Eric Kaufmann contained dire warnings on Britain’s increasing ethnic segregation. The report found that white indigenous communities are moving out of Britain’s urban areas in large numbers and are being replaced by minority ethnic communities. The result is an increasing ethnic polarisation in some parts...
British Muslims recognised as the best charity givers – again

British Muslims recognised as the best charity givers – again

The UK’s Charity Commission (CC),  once criticised for its“disproportionate focus” on Muslim charities and feared by Islamic charities in the past, has praised Muslim charities in a blog by its outreach manager Nick Donaldson. According to Muslim Charities Forum, the blog says that “British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the month...
Pure Intentions and Sheer Willpower Can Make Long-hour Fasting More Liberating

Pure Intentions and Sheer Willpower Can Make Long-hour Fasting More Liberating

From time immemorial, fasting has always been a pillar of religiosity and spirituality in major faith communities. To Muslims the month of Ramadan is pivotal for their spiritual uplifting, as it demands from them an individual consciousness, self-restraint, introspection and a spiritual renewal. Through fasting believers are expected to make every effort to better themselves...
Ramadan and Islam-inspired community activism

Ramadan and Islam-inspired community activism

The blessed month of Ramadan, aimed to build spirituality or God-consciousness amongst Muslims, is again with us. Behind the basic rituals of fasting from dawn till dusk lies the deeper spirit and teachings of endurance and giving. The agenda for this month is to ensure we spend time in lifting ourselves to spiritual heights through...
'Visit My Mosque' Can Play an Ingenious Role in Paving the Way for Muslim Civic Participation

‘Visit My Mosque’ Can Play an Ingenious Role in Paving the Way for Muslim Civic Participation

Visit My Mosque (VMM) day has generated some considerable interest in the mainstream media with regards to Muslims in the UK who are, by now, used to receiving negative press having done so over the past decade. At the same time that President Obama visited a mosque, sadly the first visit during his presidency, this...
Knowledge of One Another, Not Ignorance, Is the Best Way to Heal Our Fractured World

Knowledge of One Another, Not Ignorance, Is the Best Way to Heal Our Fractured World

Religion in recent times is being seen as almost irrelevant in many European countries, but the religion of Islam has become a hot topic for various reasons. Religious literacy, particularly of Islam, even in our highly educated country is indeed poor. Lazy journalism, or in some cases cheap populism, may be partially responsible for this....
Safeguarding school children from extremism without ‘policing’ their free thought

Safeguarding school children from extremism without ‘policing’ their free thought

Post-7/7 Counter-terrorism measures, including the latest Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015, are perceived by many to be contributing to a social environment where Muslims are being treated as a ‘suspect community’. Many feel that this is adding to an increased hostility towards Muslims, creating a climate of fear and suspicion in the process. ISIS-inspired...
Be watchful of your child’s online activities

Be watchful of your child’s online activities

Many would argue that the children of this generation, particularly those in the developed world, are lucky; fortunate in the sense that they can benefit from a number of things that the generations of yesteryear simply did not have. From state-of-the-art educational facilities to sophisticated gadgets that could barely have been imagined just three or...
Ramadan message of self-restraint and giving in our unequal world

Ramadan message of self-restraint and giving in our unequal world

Fasting in the lunar month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and its main aim, according to the Qur’an (chapter 2, verse 183), is to create God-consciousness (taqwa in Arabic) among believers. Taqwa guides and propels a Muslim towards living a virtuous life and developing some inner qualities, such as integrity...
Safeguarding Our Children From Evil Is Our Collective Responsibility

Safeguarding Our Children From Evil Is Our Collective Responsibility

The shocking news of three mid-teen girls from east London missing on 17th February and boarding a Turkish Airline flight from Gatwick to Istanbul, most probably on their way to join ISIS in Syria, has decimated their parents and stunned local communities. Safeguarding and well-being of children is of highest priority for any civilised society....
10 Guidelines for Gender Relations in Islam

10 Guidelines for Gender Relations in Islam

The following article is written by Muslema Purmul and Maryam Amirebrahimi and can be found on Imam Suhaib Webb’s personal website: I was standing next to the grave, supplicating quietly to Allah for the man we just buried. He was a family relative, loved by many alhamdulilLah (praise be to God). As I stood there, a few other women came and...