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Can Ramadan Challenge Perceptions About British Muslims?

In a day or two millions of Muslims around the world will go hungry. They will do so intentionally, with no food or sexual activity from dawn till…

Are humans created or evolved?

Religion and science seem to be at loggerheads again. This time it is evolution that takes centre stage – the creation of our species on Earth – and…

Israel’s scorched earth policy in Gaza could prove fatal

The recent Israeli pounding on Gaza reminds us of the brutal Gaza invasion in 2009 that resulted “in between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths (four from friendly fire)”. The…

The ‘war on terror’ is dead … long live the ‘war on terror’?

Last March, in an article titled Time for an Inclusive politics, I wrote of my optimism surrounding the impending demise of the “war on terror”. President Obama himself had…

We Muslims must be dignified despite anti-Islamic propaganda

It has been just one week since the 11th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy. Already at least seven people have been killed and scores more injured or…

Paralympics: An embodiment of the human spirit to conquer hurdles

With the ceremonial cauldron lit in London’s Trafalgar Square by Claire Lomas, who was paralysed in a horse riding accident, the nation will once again be gripped with…

Forced marriage is criminal, but criminalising it is not the best solution

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there is much confusion between arranged marriages – where two families, with the agreement of the bride- and groom-to-be, agree on a partnership…

Scapegoating a Muslim peer?

Media and political pressure has been piling on Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservative Party co-chairman and minister-without-portfolio in the coalition government. Unpopular with the Tory Right, the guns…

Islamophobia: Europe’s New Political Disease

A new wave of anti-Muslim intolerance and antagonism is sweeping Europe. The far right political gains seen in some parts of the continent are alarming. Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and…

Racialising sexual crimes

London, United Kingdom – The news that nine men have been found guilty of child sex abuse in Rochdale has created widespread revulsion. The disclosure in Liverpool Crown…