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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…

Brexit: Divisive Politics Leading to a More Fractured Britain?

On Friday the 24th June Britain woke up split through the middle, with a 51.9% – 48.1% majority decision to leave the EU. Very few, even the Brexiters,…

Brexit and the spectre of Europe’s ugly nationalism

The debate over the European Union referendum on June 23 was at last narrowed down to two main issues: Huge economic concerns by the Remain group and immigration…

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…

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…

We need a politics of hope based on mutual respect and the rule of law

Modern day politics and politicians are justifiably not liked many people. A few weeks ago the Labour Party was embroiled with the accusations of anti-Semitism. In response, the…

Londoners win as Sadiq Khan cruises to victory

Sadiq Khan, son of a bus driver brought up in a council house and a political underdog from Muslim background, has won the London mayoral election, amid widespread…

Citizens organising can help Britain from ‘dog whistle’ politics and fear amongst people

For the first time in recent months many Londoners felt for the first time that politics can be humane and fun as well as liberating from the traditional…

Mothers Are Our Primordial Leaders

Leadership is about having a clear vision and the ability to lead. As such, mothers naturally are the primordial and universal leaders of human progeny. Mothers are and…

British, Muslims, Citizens: Introspection and Renewal

Dr Bari recently published a discussion paper designed to instigate debate and action within the Muslim community. Below is a short extract of the paper which can be…