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Anti-Migrant, Anti-Muslim Stickers in Coventry Should Be Reported in

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These stickers were reported into Tell MAMA today. They are from the far right extremist group, the North West Infidels and they were found in Coventry. The stickers show, what seems to be a male individual wearing clothing that could be from Afghanistan or Pakistan, even though a majority of refugees are from Syria. These

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Scholar’s corner: on Citizenship and Islam

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There has been an increasing focus on what it means to be a citizen in society in recent years; the nature of responsibilities, rights and how different aspects of our identity contribute towards shaping our sense of belonging.[1] In this debate, the Islamic perspective becomes even more complex. Muslims in Britain often pose many questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? Where do my loyalties lie? Am I a British Muslim or a Muslim living in Britain? Am I part of an Islamic umma ‘Nations’? What are my responsibilities towards my umma? All these questions are important and deserve thorough consideration; but “is there indeed a Muslim identity and, if so, is it of a religious or a cultural context?”[2] In essence, is it permitted for Muslims to be a citizen of a non-Muslim state? From an Islamic point of view, citizenship is wholly religious, and this is based on the principles “enshrined in the revealed word of Allah in the Holy Qur’an and on the action, judgment and conduct of His Prophet [Muhammad]”.[3] The Qur’an tells us that God created Adam to be his vice-regent on Earth. The late Prof. Zaki Badawi, who worked tirelessly toward integrating Muslim […]

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With the Niqab Being a Political Football, Let’s Listen to the Voice of One Who Wears It

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Since Jack Straw’s comments exactly a decade ago, the Niqab has been in political debate which at times have become heightened. Currently, there are reports that the Prime Minister is considering a ban on the veil in schools, courts and other public institutions. No doubt, the Niqab will become the subject of much debate over

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Over-Reactions on Prevent Are Causing Fears Within Muslim Students

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Over the last few months, we have received a number of cases involving schools and where Muslim young people have been interviewed on the back of alleged comments that they have made within the school environment. A growing number of parents have reported into us that their children have been questioned on the back of

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Why hundreds of Somalis held a protest against al-Shabab

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Protesters gathered at a popular beach in Mogadishu to condemn al-Shabab. Less than a week ago, militants from the group had murdered twenty people at a restaurant in Lido beach. The demonstration attracted hundreds to the same beach in solidarity with the dead. Some used the hashtag #LiidoDemonstration to promote the protest. Hundreds of Somalis have gathered at the scene of an attack on a local beach Liido to demonstrate against #AlShabaab pic.twitter.com/pAcmBln6Tz — Farhan Jimale (@farhanjimale) January 28, 2016 #LiidoDemonstration in support of victims that lost their lives in #Alshabab attack last week. pic.twitter.com/jo0TrkjjkV — Omar H. Ibrahim (@MrOmarHaji) January 28, 2016 Others joined the conversation to highlight broad disdain for Al-Shabab inside Somalia. And praise those attending the protest. Others chanted that al-Shabab has ‘no religion’. #LiidoDemonstration = act of bravery from people daring to defy & differ from terrorists trying to hold their city hostage. #Somalia — A A Mohamoud (@AliMohamoud) January 28, 2016 SOmalia will never die, lets keep hope alive #givepeaceachance #liidodemonstration — Mohamed Jama (@MascuudJaMa) January 28, 2016 Glad to see #LiidoDemonstration taking place in #Mogadishu & for ppl to speak against terror. — H. (@Le_anah) January 28, 2016 #LiidoDemonstration leave alone somalia, terrorism/ […]

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Ukip MEP wants to end immigration from Islamic countries

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A Ukip MEP called for an end to immigration from Islamic countries during a debate on the crimes of ISIS on January 20. Gerard Batten, who represents London, argued that ISIS represents “a literalist interpretation” of the Qur’an. Batten claimed that “ISIS represents a revival of the original ethos of the Mohammedan cult”. He defended these comments and told Religious Reader yesterday that “ISIS represents the worst excesses of the Mohammedan cult”. When asked for further clarification he insisted that his purpose “was not to upset any individual but to talk about a belief system, an ideology”. Batten maintains that “Islam is of course a cult”. A ‘cult’ that “up until relatively recently was properly referred to as ‘Mohammedanism’ in the West’”. This religious literalism, for Batten, remains antithetical to ‘western liberal democracy’. And drives his desire to end immigration from Islamic countries. As ‘importing millions’ from Islamic countries may constitute a security risk since “we cannot be sure of just how many of them take their religion literally?” Batten holds little sympathy for men fleeing ISIS. He told Religious Reader that: “Most of the waves of migrants coming to Europe, and queuing up at Calais are not fleeing ISIS, […]

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Britain First Send out Libellous Statements Against Labour Hopeful Sadiq Khan

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Not to be out-done in the scraping the bottom of the political barrel, extremist group Britain First sent out circulars by e-mail stating that self-appointed Britain First leader, Paul Golding, would be standing for the Mayor of London. The circular hyped up the publicity that individuals and political parties will get through a two page

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‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?

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Do you remember January 2013 when members of a ‘Muslim Patrol’ were handing out morality advice to passers-by in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. They also harassed members of the public commentating on how they needed to cover up and members of this group also went on to be convicted and jailed

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‘Poland – Birmingham’ Facebook Page Shows that Some Poles Need to Curb Their Prejudice

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We have been notified of a Facebook page called ‘Poland – Birmingham‘ which highlights an area of growing concern for us. Over the last 4 years, we have not highlighted this issue since we have believed that a migrant community that has also suffered a great deal of prejudice and bigotry deserves support and no

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Why would someone dump a pig’s head outside an Islamic institution?

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Staff and students at the Madani Academy in Portsmouth suffered the fear and indignity of discovering a pig’s head attached to the school gates. The pig’s head had a swastika drawn below the phrase ‘F**k Allah’. It mirrors an incident in December 2013 when a pig’s head was stuck on a spike outside of the

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