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Anti-Muslim Bigot Is a Top Mortgage Broker Living in Bradford

Thanks to Sheffield Indymedia, it seems that we have found out who @bigsteve1911 is after he trolled the TELL MAMA account yesterday with the following tweet: https://twitter.com/bigsteve1911/status/617428040008749056 What is also interesting to note is that he linked to a tweet from a female resident in Scotland who previously tweeted from the @dowheater account. We are currently

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Buddhist actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane

A Buddhist was mistaken for a terrorist as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text aboard a Paris plane. Alarmed passengers notified staff and Portuguese actor Heitor Lourenco, 47, found himself under arrest. Lourenco told SIC television, “Police told me that I had been denounced as a terrorism suspect aboard the plane because I was reciting the Koran aloud, that I was reading a text involving words ‘death’ and ‘bomb’”. In reality, the text contained Tibetan characters and a timer to calculate meditation time. Lourenco accessed it via his tablet device. Police detained Lourenco for six hours before uncovering his acting credentials. Officers confirmed his Buddhist beliefs via Wikipedia.

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Meet the Sikh volunteers feeding the homeless in London

A key pillar of Sikhism asks followers to ‘share the fruits of one’s labour with others before considering oneself’ – inspires a selflessness and sense of community that goes beyond faith and ethnicity. Jagdeep Singh Sohal, 31, from Ilford, along with 15 volunteers, joined together with the Midland Langar Seva Society to feed 30 homeless individuals in Ilford, London. Nor does the support stop there as volunteers tidy up any leftover mess. Video of the event. Photos of the event. The idea was born from a discussion Sohal and other worshippers at Singh Sabha London East, High Road in Seven Kings, had about “giving back” to the community while using the gurdwara’s gym facilities. In time, the group hopes to extend its service to other London boroughs, as others express interest in supporting the project, including local businesses keen to donate food to expand their operation. Sohal told the Ilford Recorder: “This is just one way of helping out. It’s our duty to help people whether they’re Christian, Sikh or Muslim, it’s for everyone and we’re just tying to make a difference”. The group distribute every Tuesday at 8pm. To get involved call 077 9162 9666.  

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Canadian mosque raised thousands of dollars to support vandalised church

A Canadian mosque raised thousands of dollars to support a nearby Catholic church after a spate of vandalism. News of the vandalism soon spread. Hamid Slimi, imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga visited the St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church to make sense of the crime. Father Camillo Lando showed Slimi footage of the vandal’s behaviour. According to the Toronto Star, “The guy who did it ripped pages out of the Bible. He broke the altar. He threw the cross,” said Slimi. “When I saw this, I thought it was pure injustice. It was just wrong”. After recalling the incident at a Friday sermon, Slimi urged others to donate. Within a day, the congregation raised almost $5,000. CCTV of the first incident captured a man tearing pages from bibles, throwing holy books, and laying a cross upon the floor. Upon leaving, footage captured him taking items. Days later, a vandal left a statue of Jesus desecrated; the adjoining school spray painted. Local police soon arrested Iqbal Hessan, 22, and charged him. At a bail hearing, Hessan stated he was ‘upset’ with Christianity. During the ongoing trial, prosecution told the court that Hessan confessed a desire to ‘hurt’ […]

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What are the three central values of the Quran?

The Quran advocates many values that shape one’s intellectual and spiritual journey to God; but most importantly, these values also enable adherents to be more tolerant as they consider themselves vicegerent of God. Unfortunately, it appears that some Muslims do not give due consideration to these values. In this rather brief chapter I shall mention three values without in-depth elaboration: these are the value of life; the value of respecting differences; as well as the value of justice. How the Qur’an values life When your Lord said to the angels, “I am appointing someone as my deputy on earth,” they said (almost protesting), “Are you going to appoint one who will commit corruption and bloodshed therein, even though we (are the ones who) commemorate Your Name and glorify You?” The Lord said, “I know that which you do not know”. (Q. 2:30). I find this passage from the Qur’an extremely important. It helps me appreciate mankind but also my journey towards understanding God and his relationship with mankind. For instance, the verse indicates that mankind enjoys the most privileged state amongst all God’s creations. Furthermore, the verse tells us that mankind is God’s viceroy on earth.  God could have chosen […]

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Response from the Prime Minister’s Office on anti-Muslim Hate

This is a letter received from the Office of the Prime Minister in response to our briefing on anti-Muslim hate which we sent through. The letter is a timely reminder of what binds us all in the United Kingdom. “I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for your recent letter,

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