Dr Rabia Malik discusses the impact of mental illness within the British Muslim community.
Dr Rabia Malik is the chair of City Circle, a grassroots network of young Muslim professionals. She holds a doctorate in Social Psychology and is a practicing Systemic Psychotherapist in London.
By L Amatullah
My experience of British Muslim activism in the university and community scene has caused me to observe that the diversity of Muslim demographics is not usually reflected in our various campaigns. In a world where conflict and oppression and the fight to end them are constant features in our lives, campaigns related to the Middle East are always much more prominent and prioritised.
Palestine, for example, has an especially undying place in all our hearts. It is the home of the third...
By Milad Ahmed
In the future, what would I want? A world without the need for telephone helplines services providing listening ears and safe spaces for many members of our societies with no place/s to turn. As Head of Support Services of the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH), Britain’s first and only telephone helpline service dedicated to Muslims, which may sound like a very peculiar wish, not to mention a “resignation letter”, for myself. So why make such a statement? 873
By Tafazal Mohammad
The past decade has seen a marked change in legislation for all those agencies concerned with the welfare of young people. The tragic death of Victoria Climbié on the 25th of February 2000, described as an entirely preventable tragedy at least twelve times by Lord Laming, was a particular turning point. Some of the highlighted factors contributing towards the ‘opportunities missed’ were: low standards of professional practice; accountability at various levels; lack of inter...
Reflections by Dr Phyllis Starkey MP
Unfortunately there are many conflicts around the world, but the continuing conflict in Palestine is particularly important because it:
Is an affront to international law and United Nations resolutions
Is a source of instability in the Middle East and beyond
Reinforces the notion of a “conflict of civilisations”
By Saif Ahmad
The world today is at a crisis point, where humanity suffers from disease and hunger. Gross inequality exists between rich and poor. The potential of the vast majority of the world’s population isn’t merely unexplored, it is curbed. People are no longer born free, in the literal sense. The majority of them are, in fact, born with a huge burden of debt, which belongs not to them but to their parents or the nation they are born into.
After last week's exploration of Universal Values on the national level, we now turn to an exploration of those same values, and more, that have been formulated and defined around the world.
Evidently, the phrase 'universal values' has entered daily discourse more frequently in recent times. But how does this increased usage in verbal discourse translate into global action? What effect (or lack of effect) do these words have in developing countries around the world? And how in turn...
By Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari
The urge for education and learning is in the Muslim psyche, thanks to inspirational texts in the Muslim holy book and strong encouragement by the Prophet (PBUH). The shining contribution of Muslims in all spheres of life in the dark period of Europe was due to the thirst for knowledge among the masses and promotion of scholarship by most Muslim rulers. Sadly, the severe stagnation due to colonial take over of many Muslim lands and post-War mismanagement of Muslim countries...
By Tarek El Diwany
Five hundred years ago, a person who attempted to lend money for a commercial gain in the City of London risked arrest for the crime of usury. On those same streets today the cream of our educational establishments vie for a share of the usurer’s pie, and in plush city boardrooms those who were once despised make decisions that affect the entire world of commerce and politics. Yet the wealth earned through usury is an illusion. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said...
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