By Tamanna Rahman
I often hear the complaint, with some justification, from many friends that Muslims are almost always portrayed negatively in the media; as wildly exaggerated caricatures of stereotypical backward types, or as the vanguard of the new feminist movement who are using driving lessons to kick start the revolution.
For some reason, they say, of all the immigrant religious communities that live in Britain, Sikhs and Hindus are seen as being more integrated and seem to get a better...
By Nabil Ahmed
I was fortunate enough not long ago to be invited to join a bunch of cool Muslim students out on camp who were socially and spiritually nourishing themselves off Snowdonia’s peaks and crisp air. The pleasant young gentlemen (I consider myself a ripe student-elder) could cook well, hike and even (when asked) give an excellent rendition of the Maori Haka. But take a look at the bigger picture and they represent an exciting future for Britain, presenting a trailer for the decade...
By Syed Tohel Ahmed
Addiction does not discriminate based on colour or creed; it strips victims of their background and is a great equaliser. The United Kingdom has the highest level of dependent drug use in Europe. The British Crime Survey 08-09 estimates that in England and Wales alone a staggering 11.9 million people aged 16 to 59 have used illicit drugs at some point in their lives, with around 1.9 million having used in the last month.
By Dr Salman Al-Azami
Religion is important to most people in the UK according to the last census data. For the first time, in the 2001 Census, an optional religion question was included where an overwhelming 76.8% expressed their allegiance to a religion. However, the majority of the contemporary media representations of faith give a negative picture of religion. According to Biernatzki (2003) religion in the media, is, “... either ignored or sensationalized -- and either of those extremes...
By Mostafa Albayati
Scenes of Spirituality from Around the World
Photography allows me to explore and express both the subtle and the beautiful characteristics in life: peace, freedom, faith, love and longing, and silence. Much of these are constantly manifesting in us, but are only expressed very briefly and often with little attention. Therefore, to be able to capture these characteristics in people in a still image, to afford the ability to reflect upon them, is central to me and my work....
By Jamila Kossar
How effective has the education system been in the past ten years and where do we envisage it being in the next 10 years? This is a central and essential discussion, more so in recent times. Under this comes a further debate, and one of the most prominent questions at the forefront of education today: the place of faith schools in the United Kingdom. Are such schools justified? What role do they play, if any?
By Mohammad Uz-Zaman
The idea of interfaith cooperation seems wonderful, with two or more communities with different sets of beliefs coming together to learn a little more about one another. In 21st Century Britain, we have witnessed different races, beliefs and creeds living together in multiple melting pots around the country; although they may know little about each other. 346
Monday 8 February to Sunday 14 February 2010
This week's topic is one which has caused great controversy and debate in 21st century Britain.
For the Muslim, spirituality is more than a momentary feeling or experience, but is a constant state of being, realised through a consciousness of God. As the Qur’an states, 'They remember God while standing, sitting, and on their sides and they reflect upon the creation of the heavens and the earth: "Our Lord, You did not create all this...
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