Extremism

Over-Reactions on Prevent Are Causing Fears Within Muslim Students
January 29, 2016 By Tell Mama

Over-Reactions on Prevent Are Causing Fears Within Muslim Students

Over the last few months, we have received a number of cases involving schools and where Muslim young people have been interviewed on the back of alleged comments that they have made within the school environment. A growing number of parents have reported into us that their children have been questioned on the back of

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Why hundreds of Somalis held a protest against al-Shabab
January 28, 2016 By FM

Why hundreds of Somalis held a protest against al-Shabab

Protesters gathered at a popular beach in Mogadishu to condemn al-Shabab. Less than a week ago, militants from the group had murdered twenty people at a restaurant in Lido beach. The demonstration attracted hundreds to the same beach in solidarity with the dead. Some used the hashtag #LiidoDemonstration to promote the protest. Hundreds of Somalis have gathered at the scene of an attack on a local beach Liido to demonstrate against #AlShabaab pic.twitter.com/pAcmBln6Tz — Farhan Jimale (@farhanjimale) January 28, 2016 #LiidoDemonstration in support of victims that lost their lives in #Alshabab attack last week. pic.twitter.com/jo0TrkjjkV — Omar H. Ibrahim (@MrOmarHaji) January 28, 2016 Others joined the conversation to highlight broad disdain for Al-Shabab inside Somalia. And praise those attending the protest. Others chanted that al-Shabab has ‘no religion’. #LiidoDemonstration = act of bravery from people daring to defy & differ from terrorists trying to hold their city hostage. #Somalia — A A Mohamoud (@AliMohamoud) January 28, 2016 SOmalia will never die, lets keep hope alive #givepeaceachance #liidodemonstration — Mohamed Jama (@MascuudJaMa) January 28, 2016 Glad to see #LiidoDemonstration taking place in #Mogadishu & for ppl to speak against terror. — H. (@Le_anah) January 28, 2016 #LiidoDemonstration leave alone somalia, terrorism/ [...]

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Ukip MEP wants to end immigration from Islamic countries
January 26, 2016 By FM

Ukip MEP wants to end immigration from Islamic countries

A Ukip MEP called for an end to immigration from Islamic countries during a debate on the crimes of ISIS on January 20. Gerard Batten, who represents London, argued that ISIS represents “a literalist interpretation” of the Qur’an. Batten claimed that “ISIS represents a revival of the original ethos of the Mohammedan cult”. He defended these comments and told Religious Reader yesterday that “ISIS represents the worst excesses of the Mohammedan cult”. When asked for further clarification he insisted that his purpose “was not to upset any individual but to talk about a belief system, an ideology”. Batten maintains that “Islam is of course a cult”. A ‘cult’ that “up until relatively recently was properly referred to as ‘Mohammedanism’ in the West'”. This religious literalism, for Batten, remains antithetical to ‘western liberal democracy’. And drives his desire to end immigration from Islamic countries. As ‘importing millions’ from Islamic countries may constitute a security risk since “we cannot be sure of just how many of them take their religion literally?” Batten holds little sympathy for men fleeing ISIS. He told Religious Reader that: “Most of the waves of migrants coming to Europe, and queuing up at Calais are not fleeing ISIS, [...]

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Britain First Send out Libellous Statements Against Labour Hopeful Sadiq Khan
January 26, 2016 By Tell Mama

Britain First Send out Libellous Statements Against Labour Hopeful Sadiq Khan

Not to be out-done in the scraping the bottom of the political barrel, extremist group Britain First sent out circulars by e-mail stating that self-appointed Britain First leader, Paul Golding, would be standing for the Mayor of London. The circular hyped up the publicity that individuals and political parties will get through a two page

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‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?
January 25, 2016 By Tell Mama

‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?

Do you remember January 2013 when members of a ‘Muslim Patrol’ were handing out morality advice to passers-by in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. They also harassed members of the public commentating on how they needed to cover up and members of this group also went on to be convicted and jailed

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‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?
January 25, 2016 By Tell Mama

‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?

Do you remember January 2013 when members of a ‘Muslim Patrol’ were handing out morality advice to passers-by in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. They also harassed members of the public commentating on how they needed to cover up and members of this group also went on to be convicted and jailed

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‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?
January 25, 2016 By Tell Mama

‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?

Do you remember January 2013 when members of a ‘Muslim Patrol’ were handing out morality advice to passers-by in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. They also harassed members of the public commentating on how they needed to cover up and members of this group also went on to be convicted and jailed

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‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?
January 25, 2016 By Tell Mama

‘Christian Patrols’ Just as Divisive as ‘Muslim Patrols’. But Where is the Outrage?

Do you remember January 2013 when members of a ‘Muslim Patrol’ were handing out morality advice to passers-by in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. They also harassed members of the public commentating on how they needed to cover up and members of this group also went on to be convicted and jailed

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‘Poland – Birmingham’ Facebook Page Shows that Some Poles Need to Curb Their Prejudice
January 24, 2016 By Tell Mama

‘Poland – Birmingham’ Facebook Page Shows that Some Poles Need to Curb Their Prejudice

We have been notified of a Facebook page called ‘Poland – Birmingham‘ which highlights an area of growing concern for us. Over the last 4 years, we have not highlighted this issue since we have believed that a migrant community that has also suffered a great deal of prejudice and bigotry deserves support and no

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What’s behind the Sunni-Shia tensions in Nigeria?
January 12, 2016 By FM

What’s behind the Sunni-Shia tensions in Nigeria?

Muhammadu Buhari, a Sunni Muslim and a former military dictator, has surprisingly won the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria after three consecutive defeats. Buhari has campaigned on a platform of ‘change’, promising economic stability, to curb corruption and to utilise political strength in tackling the terrorist group, Boko Haram. The Buhari government, however, has faced international criticism, due to the clash between the army and the minority Shia community in Zaria. Reports of events prior to the clash are unclear, the army asserts that the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Genenral Tukur Buratai, was blockaded near Zaria and the convoy was attacked by a petrol bomb. The Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) deny any attack occurred and demand the release of their leader Ibraheem Zakzaky. The government forces raided Zakzaky’s home and the whereabouts of his wife and sons are unknown. The IMN have stated that they have been killed in the raid, however, the Nigerian authorities have declared that his wife is in custody. Iran has condemned the attacks and called for the release of the Shiite leader. The movement has also been confronted by Boko Haram. The problem remains complex: it would be too simplistic to apportion [...]

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