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Palestinians Do Not Need Support from Groups like ‘Palestine Live’
March 12, 2018 By Faith Matters

Palestinians Do Not Need Support from Groups like ‘Palestine Live’

Numerous newspapers have picked up on the ‘Palestine Live’ Facebook group that the Labour Leader, the Rt Hon. Jeremy Corbyn, had once been a participant within. The Labour Party has also moved to suspend members of the secretive group according to Ha’aretz and the issue is not going to go away particularly when so many […]

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Closure of the Holy Sepulchre is a Dark Day for All
February 25, 2018 By Faith Matters

Closure of the Holy Sepulchre is a Dark Day for All

The Holy Sepulchre holds a sacred meaning for Muslims as well as Christians. Many Jerusalemite Muslims light candles and revere both Mary and Jesus, in part hoping that they maybe blessed in some way by these holy figures. This is highlighted through this tweet from Ghanem Nuseibeh, whose family members were entrusted with the keys […]

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British Sikhs, Solidarity and the Network of Sikh Organisations
February 18, 2018 By Faith Matters

British Sikhs, Solidarity and the Network of Sikh Organisations

It is with sadness that we read about the statement made by the Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) about the support and solidarity that was being shown with Sikhs who are attacked because of their identity as Sikhs and because of racism. It is also clear that some Sikhs are attacked on the perception that […]

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As the Integration Strategy Gets the Final Touches We Need to Go Back to Basics
February 13, 2018 By Faith Matters

As the Integration Strategy Gets the Final Touches We Need to Go Back to Basics

What are the basics? Well, over the last 2 decades much investment has been placed into dialogue and engagement projects, many of which have done some great work, though on a stop and start basis where groups have come in, organised sets of people together and then left, having ticked off a box. Or, depending […]

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Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub Also Goes Into Anti-Shia Rants
February 12, 2018 By Faith Matters

Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub Also Goes Into Anti-Shia Rants

Yesterday we highlighted how this imam was involved in posting comments on his Facebook page that inflamed community divisions. A further observation shows how sometimes, hatred towards minorities spreads to anti-Shia hatred. Imam Ayub, who preaches in various mosques has also been highlighting his dislike of Shia Muslims through a series of postings on his […]

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Anti-Ahmadi Rhetoric Rumbles On – With Terms Such As ‘Kafir’ Used
February 11, 2018 By Faith Matters

Anti-Ahmadi Rhetoric Rumbles On – With Terms Such As ‘Kafir’ Used

In 2018 in modern day Britain, there are religious leaders who think that believers of their faith are so weak that different sects may ‘affect’ believers in their faith. Forget the fact that social media, access to the Internet, Daesh, unemployment and reduced life chances may affect the faith of the congregation, today, they are […]

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Leaving Faith Behind: The journeys and perspectives of people who have chosen to leave Islam
February 10, 2018 By Faith Matters

Leaving Faith Behind: The journeys and perspectives of people who have chosen to leave Islam

For over 20 years, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, the Director of Faith Matters has worked with faith communities. Having successfully set up national projects, like Tell MAMA, which he left in January 2017 after completing the set up and expansion of the project, he has been engaged in an area of work exploring the reasons why […]

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We Should Defend Women’s Right to Wear The Hijab & Also to Take it Off
February 6, 2018 By Faith Matters

We Should Defend Women’s Right to Wear The Hijab & Also to Take it Off

As powers in Iran realise the futility in enforcing morality on women through the Hijab, a report just released shows how views have changed within the country with many Iranians believing that wearing the Hijab should be a personal choice and not state sanctioned or enforced.  Indeed, such has been the courage of some women […]

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Commission for Countering Extremism Needs to Tackle Extremist Rhetoric at Its Core
January 25, 2018 By Faith Matters

Commission for Countering Extremism Needs to Tackle Extremist Rhetoric at Its Core

The announcement of Sara Khan as the Head of the Commission for Countering Extremism, has already created a public debate on how extremism should be countered. Sadly, it has also led to the usual ‘trial’ by Twitter, with little regard to the fact that the Commissioner’s role was contested between applicants and a rigorous process […]

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Extremism is Consolidated Without Due Diligence by UK Groups and Individuals
January 18, 2018 By Faith Matters

Extremism is Consolidated Without Due Diligence by UK Groups and Individuals

We are increasingly concerned about the lack of due diligence by some faith leaders in the UK in meeting with preachers coming from Pakistan. In particular, there is a growing Islamist movement in Pakistan which supports violent extremism against ‘blasphemers’, Ahmadi Muslims, Shias, Christians and other minorities. These groups are not just the ones involved […]

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