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...
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 Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari
Confronting Social Malaise in the Muslim Community
Considerable material progress in recent decades has brought about some serious social challenges and issues of social malaise in developed societies. Commercialisation of life, sexualisation of our young people and individualism that often expresses itself through self-gratification are now haunting post-modern Britain. The Guardian reported on 23 June 2009 that Ofsted inspectors investigating an increase in exclusions...
By Mahera Ruby
Most Muslims are very proud of the historical presence of Muslims in Britain for at least the past 300 years, since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Seamen came from Yemen settling in small communities in Cardiff, Liverpool, London, South Shields and Tyneside setting up small prayer rooms to help them meet and pray together. We are even more enthusiastic in sharing the history of prominent British Muslim intellectuals, who began to emerge during the late 19th century, responsible...
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.
By Akeela Ahmed
“Who can you turn to when no one else will hear? Like when you can’t tell your parents. Your siblings. And none of your friends will understand? I mean, I know Allah’s always there for us and yes He helps me, but who do you talk to?” (quote from a user of www.Muslimyouth.net).
Unfortunately, this is something I hear everyday - a stark reality for thousands of young people who have reached out to organisations like the one I work for, Muslim Youth Helpline, for help....
By Mohammed Dhalech
I want to use this short piece, not to highlight one perspective over another, but to raise some questions and initiate a discussion on youth work and young people and I hope to engage both young people, first and foremost, and professionals in the field of youth work. 199
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...
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