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Understanding The Status of Muslims in Modern Britain
January 21, 2019 By Faith Matters

Understanding The Status of Muslims in Modern Britain

The social fabrics of Britain is in a desperately fragile state. Assaults from extremists on many sides, covering all bases of bigotry, and poisoning our political discourse in the age of Brexit and terrorism has given a hue of grim bleakness to our way of life. Language is a powerful weapon today in these discussions, […]

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Interfaith initiatives can restore our sense of community
January 15, 2019 By Faith Matters

Interfaith initiatives can restore our sense of community

In times of increasing polarization and inequality the search for common bonds to build that sense of solidarity and communion can be fleeting and sometimes completely abandoned. The fragmentation of society into atomised groups facilitates an environment of distrust, suspicion and resentment. The academic Matthew Goodwin intelligently articulated this in his book National Populism: The […]

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Murder of Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Should Be a Wake Up Call
January 14, 2019 By Faith Matters

Murder of Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Should Be a Wake Up Call

The murder of Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city Gdansk, should send shockwaves trembling through Europe. It should also be a wake-up call about where toxic political discourse is taking us. Adamwicz, a liberal mayor known for his vociferous and uncompromising defence of migrants, refugees, women and LGBT rights, was stabbed at a […]

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Threats to Liberal Democracy
January 9, 2019 By Faith Matters

Threats to Liberal Democracy

Liberal democracy, the foundational principle of western societies, has been increasingly vulnerable. Globalisation and its fast pace has delivered undeniable benefits but brought with it unattended challenges, namely swiftly growing wealth inequalities and a deepening sense of cultural fragmentation. The atomisation of society has increasingly pushed people to the margins to rediscover a sense of […]

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Channel 4, Yemen and the Ongoing Human Rights Abuses
January 3, 2019 By Faith Matters

Channel 4, Yemen and the Ongoing Human Rights Abuses

On the 6th of December 2018, Channel 4 broadcast an interview with Adel al-Hassani, who used to be a commander with Yemeni forces that fought against Al-Qaeda and who fell foul, allegedly of UAE forces. His story and his alleged torture is highlighted in the Channel 4 documentary by Jonathan Rugman. The documentary highlights alleged […]

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British Imams Demand the Release of Extremist Khadim Hussain Rizvi
December 4, 2018 By Faith Matters

British Imams Demand the Release of Extremist Khadim Hussain Rizvi

On the 30th of November 2018, Deeni News, broadcast this interview with a number of religious leaders based in the United Kingdom. What is so distressing about this interview is that these UK based individuals are demanding the release of violent extremism promoter, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who leads the extremist Tehreek-e-Labaik party in Pakistan. This […]

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If you can’t as a Persecuted Christian Get Asylum in the UK, then Something Warped is Happening
December 2, 2018 By Faith Matters

If you can’t as a Persecuted Christian Get Asylum in the UK, then Something Warped is Happening

The Times reports today that the lawyer for persecuted Christian, Asia Bibi, has lambasted the Prime Minister and asked that she stand up for persecuted Christians. The lawyer, Saif ul-Malook, questioned why the Government had not provided asylum for Asia Bib and stated that the Christian world campaigned for Asia and has now turned its […]

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Untangling the Concept of Blasphemy in Islam
November 20, 2018 By Faith Matters

Untangling the Concept of Blasphemy in Islam

By Rashad Ali No one can have missed the events in Pakistan. Following the trial, and intended release of Asia Bibi, who was accused of insulting the Messenger of Islam, was locked up for 8 years, during which, we have seen the Murder of Salman Taseer, a former Governor and Statesman in Pakistan for daring […]

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We Urge the Home Secretary to Provide Refuge and Sanctuary to Asia Bibi in the UK
November 12, 2018 By Faith Matters

We Urge the Home Secretary to Provide Refuge and Sanctuary to Asia Bibi in the UK

We have today, signed a letter with numerous organisations and individuals, asking the Home Secretary to provide the option of sanctuary and refuge to Asia Bibi, who was released after 8 years of false imprisonment in Pakistan. Faith Matters has consistently highlighted the extremism of groups like Tehreek-e-Labaik and its leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who […]

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Hijab Hysteria: Why As Muslims, We’re Getting It Very Very Wrong
October 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

Hijab Hysteria: Why As Muslims, We’re Getting It Very Very Wrong

Hijab Hysteria: Why As Muslims, We’re Getting It Very Very Wrong A few weeks ago, Marks and Spencer came under fire for selling school hijabs (headscarves) for young British Muslim girls in the form of black all-in-one scarves are apparently able to fit school age girls as young as three years old. As you can […]

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