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The Preacher Hustle
May 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

The Preacher Hustle

As the COVID-19 lockdown has progressed, Mosques and other religious venues have been eerily empty. Ramadan has started and the COVID-19 induced disruption of the rituals that Ramadan usually consists of, has given Muslims a unique opportunity to examine the religious status quo. Religion is like marmite; there are those who love it, those who […]

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Deradicalising an Antisemite Through Love
April 12, 2020 By Faith Matters

Deradicalising an Antisemite Through Love

“I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill all of you Jews — you killed my brothers”  shouted Shazad at a Jewish motorist in Stamford Hill, until he was subsequently arrested and cautioned by the Police. Over the next two years after his arrest Shaz, as he was known in East London, had earned […]

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A Pesach Message at This Troubling Time by Rabbi Wittenberg
April 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

A Pesach Message at This Troubling Time by Rabbi Wittenberg

This is written in haste on the eve of an exceptionally different night, at a bewildering and frightening time. First and foremost, I wish everyone a good and safe festival. Pesach means gratitude for deliverance. Words are insufficient to express our thankfulness to the NHS, to everyone caring, filling shop shelves, delivering food and medicines, […]

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Science and Islam: A Very Modern Conflict?
March 29, 2020 By Faith Matters

Science and Islam: A Very Modern Conflict?

By Rashad Ali Prologue From wild conspiracy theories to denial of the extent of the spread of the disease known as Covid19, to zealous and dangerous displays of religious fervour, to behaviour betraying complete ignorance of maintaining safe distancing across Muslim countries and even in the UK irrational edicts have lead to Mosques endangering their communities […]

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Visit by ‘Interfaith’ Pakistani Clerics to the U.K Turns into a Farce
March 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

Visit by ‘Interfaith’ Pakistani Clerics to the U.K Turns into a Farce

Interfaith group – FACES – which is a Pakistan based interfaith group brought a group of Islamic clerics to meetings with key politicians, ministers, hate crime practitioners and interfaith organisations in the U.K. The Founder and former Director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal, met with the group and explained how sectarian hatred from Pakistan was […]

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After 15 Years, it is Time to Move on – Fiyaz Mughal
January 16, 2020 By Faith Matters

After 15 Years, it is Time to Move on – Fiyaz Mughal

After 15 years and founding Faith Matters on the primary basis of building stronger relations between Muslims and Jews, the organisation has developed to provide some of the most innovative and ground-breaking projects around countering extremism and hate crimes. As part of this work, we delivered over 7 years of work on supporting social cohesion, […]

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Money Flows Funding Non-Violent Extremism Need to Be Investigated
January 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

Money Flows Funding Non-Violent Extremism Need to Be Investigated

Tackling non-violent and violent extremism involves community engagement work and due diligence capabilities and interventions from security services. It also involves community based projects which upskill the knowledge based of parents and young people, provide some theological challenge and practical pastoral care to individuals. Just some of the ways to counter extremism. Yet, as we […]

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Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Belief? – What Really Matters in the case of Netflix Messiah!
December 25, 2019 By Faith Matters

Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Belief? – What Really Matters in the case of Netflix Messiah!

“Freedom of speech is applied equally to everyone, but it seems not everyone is in favour of it being applied equally. This is no more true for Messiah than it is for anything else.”  Background The Metro newspaper ran a story of how the latest Netflix show Messiah has sparked demands for it to be […]

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The Queen’s Speech: Counter-Terrorism – The Implications
December 23, 2019 By Faith Matters

The Queen’s Speech: Counter-Terrorism – The Implications

The Conservative Government led by PM Boris Johnson with a majority of 80 have set out their legislative plan for the year in the Queen’s Speech. Amongst some of the most pressing matters the Government is expected to deal with, it is no surprise that terrorism is prominently featured. With the recent London Bridge terrorist […]

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Islamophobia vs Anti-Muslim Bigotry – We’re Losing Against Racists And Bigots
December 20, 2019 By Faith Matters

Islamophobia vs Anti-Muslim Bigotry – We’re Losing Against Racists And Bigots

“Whilst We Debate Whether Islamophobia or Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Most Appropriate – Racists And Bigots Continue Their Campaign Of Hate”, by Wasiq @wasiquk The Jewish Chronicle published an article by the journalist and public commentator Melanie Phillips titled; Don’t fall for bogus claims of ‘Islamophobia’. In the article, Phillips claims “Islamophobia is used to silence […]

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