It’s all “One Ummah” Until a Black Muslim is Murdered

by Raf  It’s all “One Ummah” until a black Muslim is murdered, then in the main, it’s caveats for solidarity and tumbleweed from Muslims who are not Black. Why is it that we as non-black Muslims are noticeably muted in our response to the murder of Black Muslims, but will tell anyone who will listen… Read More

Israel’s ID card system is crushing Palestinian identity in Palestine and abroad

by Alia Al Ghussain  The past five weeks have seen repeated clashes break out in East Jerusalem. Israel’s ongoing oppression of Palestinians means clashes with Israeli police forces are nothing new in occupied Palestine. This time, Palestinians are out to protest Israel’s recently imposed limitations on access to Al Aqsa Mosque, the mosque in the Old City… Read More

But WHY was it easier for authorities to believe that Ahmed Mohamed had made a bomb, not a clock?

by Sairah Yassir It came as no surprise to me when the news broke that a 14-year-old American schoolboy of Sudanese descent [1] had been arrested for bringing a time-measuring device that he had built to school. Perhaps because I am a person of colour who also happens to be Muslim, and have spent years trying to… Read More

On Gangsta Rap and Jihadi Songs

by Asim Qureshi Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish… Dr Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot about Dre­ As the prosecution summed up their case against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, they played a music video of… Read More

‘The Whitewashing of Climate Change Solutions’

By Amit Singh Pope Francis has been lauded by climate change campaigners for an announcement last week in which he noted that “We have come to see ourselves as her [the earth’s] lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.’’ The Pope went on to say that consumerism and human greed had led to… Read More

Schools in the UK Are Now Asking Muslim Children to Fill Out “Counter-Extremism” Tests

by Ananya Rao-Middleton Over the past couple of days, this photograph of a questionnaire/survey given to primary school children in East London has been widely circulated on social media. Statement from the executive head teacher of Buxton school, which is one in a number of schools involved in the pilot programme funded by the European… Read More

Muslim children as young as 7 are being branded radicals by their schools

Please Can I Tell You About A Child Who Is Muslim? by Shohana Khan He didn’t answer back to his teacher, because his parents taught him the importance of respecting those who you learn from. This respect comes from the tradition of Islam – the child is Muslim. Can I just tell you about a… Read More

Black, British & Muslim; We’re not just a “Complication”

by Momtaza Mehri The last UK census undertaken in 2011 showed that Black Muslims made up 10.1% of the British Muslim population, not counting Muslims of mixed Black heritage. The British Black Muslim reality is whispered in hushed tones: it is the Jamaican converts frequenting inner-city mosques, the Nigerian doctors administering your prescriptions, Somali working… Read More

Radical Pluralism: An Interview with Dr. Amina Wadud

by Naima Khan  This Friday 6th March, just ahead of International Women’s Day, the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI), a UK-based group who convene inclusive spaces for worship and community work, have invited Dr. Amina Wadud to lead their mixed-gender Friday prayer (Jummah). It’s been 10 years since Dr. Wadud made headlines when she did the… Read More

‘Defining’ Terror, and Why ISIS Suits the West

by Chimene Suleyman ISIS have never shocked the West. Not really. They are an al-Qaeda template with a Twitter handle. There are only so many ways you can torture and kill someone, and it’s nothing Abu Ghraib hasn’t seen before. But is there anything that suits the West’s understanding of the Middle East more than… Read More