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On the Resignation of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

16th March 2012

Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. And what drove me to put these few words together was that very fact: Rowan Williams was indeed good for the country, the Anglican Church and most certainly in my opinion the Muslim community here in the UK. I feel somewhat qualified to be able to make that assertion. Having…

Living on Borrowed Time

Somayya Patel, 1st Ethical CT - 14th March 2012

“The time I kill is killing me.” – Mason Cooley You may have heard the term ‘time management’ before and dismissed it as being one of the many newly concocted phrases of the self-help industry. However, it refers to using the time one has in the most effective manner and although not always labeled as…

Animal Welfare in Islam

12th March 2012

Fazila Bux, Asian Image (ED: to see 1st Ethical’s latest campaign concerning Animal Welfare, please see here and get involved!) What distinguishes human beings from the rest of the earth’s creatures is that we have been gifted with intellect and willpower. Both of these characteristics bring about a certain level of responsibility. In other words,…

Reconciling Faith and Culture

9th March 2012

Alia Raffia Ullah, IslamOnline The relationship between culture and religion has been subject of continuous debate and rigorous study. Particularly for Muslims living in the West, trying to develop a balance between practicing Islam within the prevalent cultural attitudes, is often viewed as a predicament.   The majority of today’s Muslim families arrived in the…

Forget the Women. Pass me a Pancake.

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 7th March 2012

I’m still not quite sure where I stand with tomorrow being International Women’s Day: does it actually honour them or patronise them? I have to be honest, I’m still not convinced with the official line of “a global celebration of women..with a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for…

Rethinking ‘Ethical’ Careers – Careers Fair & Training Day

7th March 2012

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR POSTER FOSIS, 1st Ethical and Regents Park Mosque present: “Rethinking ‘Ethical’ Careers” – Careers Fair & Training Day We all seek a fulfilling career. We all want to use our talents and skills effectively. Ultimately, we all want to make a difference with our day-to-day jobs. But how can we achieve…

David Cameron’s race problem

6th March 2012

Bagehot, The Economist If Conservatives cannot woo black and Asian voters, they may never win majorities again   AFTER failing to win the 2010 general election, Conservative leaders came to a sobering conclusion. To win majorities in future, the party needs more MPs like Paul Uppal—a state-educated Sikh entrepreneur who cut across class and ethnic…

Mark Thompson on the BBC and Religion

3rd March 2012

Free Speech Debate [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRxNkkeA5xQ&context=C35110f5ADOEgsToPDskLBuCKZiIzJPujMyqrOJqbD[/youtube] In 2005, the BBC broadcast Jerry Springer: The Opera despite protests from Christian groups (read and comment on our case study). The BBC received more than 60,000 complaints about the show – a record at the time. In an interview with Free Speech Debate, Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, explains…

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