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The Death of Khalil Dale: Why the British are flocking to Islam’s call

8th May 2012

By Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) It’s no mystery that people like Khalil Dale are drawn to the religion’s ultimate simplicity. The discovery at the weekend in Pakistan of the body of Khalil Dale, a British aid worker, has reminded his friends of his exceptional courage and heroism. We all lived in awe of his…

Madrasa training helps students make sense of the world around them

7th May 2012

(Ed: although this article is based on Darul Uloom abroad, none can deny the massive impact this institution has had on the development of Islam in Britain, and thus adds a further thread of interest for many Muslims in the UK who live according to its teachings and insight) Mukul Kesavan Gulf News When I first…

The Beginning Of The End For The EDL

4th May 2012

Leon Moosavi, Huffington Post Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League, is set to be unveiled as the deputy leader of the British Freedom Party. There’s been talk for more than a year of the EDL leadership wanting to become involved in mainstream politics, but this is the most concrete development yet. I’m optimistic that this could…

The Muslim Vote Should Not Be Underestimated

2nd May 2012

Reyhana Patel, Huffington Post The recent success of George Galloway’s victory in Bradford West shocked the mainstream political spectrum when he won the vote of the Bradford community by an overwhelming majority. As the analysis emerged after his victory, what was clear was that the three mainstream political parties did not do enough to reach out to the people…

Vote 2012: Why do so few Muslims vote?

1st May 2012

Navtej Johal, BBC News At the 2010 UK general election, 53% of Muslims did not vote, according to a study by research company Ipsos Mori for the Electoral Commission. This was a higher percentage than any other religious group in the country. “I’m not totally surprised, but I’m not happy about it,” said Talha Ahmad,…

End the “Care Crisis”

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 27th April 2012

For many years now, the one thing that even the most virulent of Islamophobes have not been able to deny is the sacred approach to the older ones of our communities, something which is enshrined in Islam, and also the wider Asian immigrant population (as of course within many other good people from all backgrounds)….

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,…

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