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The legacy of Victorian England’s first Islamic convert

25th April 2012

Rahila Bano, BBC Asian Network On a bleak, wet and windy day in Liverpool the old Georgian, white-stoned building which once housed England’s first registered mosque looks quite dull. The property on Brougham Terrace is just a few miles from Liverpool city centre but, in stark contrast to the newer council building next door to…

Putting the ‘Shaykh’ into Shakespeare

Fazila Bux, 1st Ethical - 23rd April 2012

Islam is no stranger to literary mastery, being based as it is upon the Qur’ān, whose verses Muslims revere, intone and reflect upon each and every day. Whilst Muslims would never compare literary works written by mere mortals to scripture, what characterises a great writer is the ability to transcend one’s own historical period and tongue. Islam’s early forefathers would state, “Wisdom…

Don’t Let Tax Changes Strangle Your Sadaqah & Zakah

1st Ethical CT - 20th April 2012

This excellent article below summarises how to ensure that you can keep giving your sadaqah and zakah (as well as leaving a legacy in your will, which we at 1st Ethical support some of the UK’s biggest charities in doing) in the best possible way and not fall foul of the recent changes in tax-relief,…

Sayeeda Warsi: The baroness with bad news for the old guard

18th April 2012

Oliver Wright, The Independent Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister tells her Tory colleagues to wake up to what’s happening in the country. Oliver Wright meets Sayeeda Warsi Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is standing, surrounded by large sacks of African chillies, having an animated conversation with a former nuclear submarine engineer about his new range of hot…

The Engage Media Checklist

1st Ethical CT - 13th April 2012

We’re happy to see Engage produce this very useful media checklist which not only documents for British Muslims the most widely read media and comment websites but also gives clear guidance on how to quickly complain to regulatory bodies such as OfCom, something which must be done if we are not to let those media…

Learning In Action

Somayya Patel, 1st Ethical CT - 11th April 2012

The benefit of acquiring a good education is something children clearly stand to gain the most from. Given that 34% of British Muslims are aged under sixteen, as compared to 20% as a national average, (2001 census), it is perhaps understandable that Muslims are particularly anxious in ensuring children gain the most from school especially…

Learning to Respect Religion

8th April 2012

Nick Kristoff, The NY Times A FEW years ago, God seemed caught in a devil of a fight. Atheists were firing thunderbolts suggesting that “religion poisons everything,” as Christopher Hitchens put it in the subtitle of his book, “God Is Not Great.” Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins also wrote best sellers that were scathing about…

Money-wise Kids

Somayya Patel, 1st Ethical CT - 5th April 2012

As consumers we are surrounded, practically all the time, by adverts and consumerism. The internet, TV screen, mobile phone and bill board are all constantly telling us materialism is a core part of being happy and successful. Maintaining a healthy and spiritual balance in the face of this onslaught is understandably quite a challenge for…

Not a dull grey man in a suit

4th April 2012

Mehdi Hasan, The New Statesman The Tories won’t win the next election without appealing to black and Asian voters. So why are they viciously attacking their own chairman, Sayeeda Warsi, for saying so?   Sayeeda Warsi is under friendly fire. Her critics inside the Conservative Party have queued up in recent days to deride and…

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