Rashid Ghannouchi on Britain, Islam and liberal democracy

12th February 2012

Mukul Devichand, BBC Radio   One of the leading ideologues of the modern Muslim world has a vision of a state where respect for Islam and other faiths exists within a secular system – and he points to the UK as a model. But can his words be taken at face value? Woodville Road in…

‘Europe is poor so should live within its means’

9th February 2012

Justin Rowlatt, BBC News For decades the West has lectured the East on how to manage its economies. Not any more. Now the emerging economies of Asia look like models of steady, consistent policy and sustained growth while Europe, America and Japan are mired in debt and are growing achingly slowly, if at all. So…

Top Five Regrets Of The Dying

5th February 2012

Susie Steiner, The Guardian A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse…

How do we re-moralise our society?

2nd February 2012

Nick Spencer, The Guardian So we are less honest than a decade ago. No wonder, we’ve shed the familial, community and economic links that moralise us. So now we know. It’s not just lying politicians, thieving bankers, treacherous hacks or light-fingered rioters. It’s all of us. According to recent research from the University of Essex, the…

British Muslims Strike Back at The Leveson Enquiry

28th January 2012

Remember all those rabble-rousing nonsensical stories about Muslim terror plots against the Pope and bacon sandwiches causing Muslim riots and every other Daily Mail fantasy that stressed Muslims out in the last few years? Well, at long last a Muslim group – Engage – did something about it. The Leveson Enquiry has come at the…

A Perspective on Shechita and Halal Slaughter

24th January 2012

Mohammed Amin, 22 January 2012 Shechita is the technical term for slaughtering an animal in accordance with Jewish religious law so that its meat is kosher, assuming that the animal itself falls within the categories which are permissible to be eaten by Jews such as sheep and cows. I am not aware of a similar technical…

Prejudices about Islam will be shaken by this show

23rd January 2012

Karen Armstrong, The Guardian The hajj, subject of a new exhibition at the British Museum, shows that a respect for other faiths is central to Muslim tradition Hundreds of thousands of piligrims pray at Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against…

West must go back to capitalist basics and learn from the East

19th January 2012

Mahathir Mohamad, The Financial Times THE Malays have a saying that means that when you lose your way, go back to the beginning and start again. I believe that everyone has lost their way in handling the current financial crisis. The West, in particular, needs to rethink some essentials. The world is still Eurocentric: how…

Sharia law compatible with human rights, argues leading barrister

16th January 2012

Sadakat Kadri said religious courts such as the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, could serve the community as a whole Guardian Men praying at a mosque in south-east London. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the…

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