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Demonstrating for dignity: why are Muslims SO enraged?

16th September 2012

By Myriam Francois-Cerrah Muslims eh, they just cant seem to take a joke can they? It would be very easy to cast, as many ‎commentators have, the latest riots in response to the islamophobic film, as another example of ‎intolerant Muslims lacking a funny bone. The Rushdie affair, the Danish cartoons, the murder of ‎Van…

Forget About “Not In My Name,” Think Of Your Own Name

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 12th September 2012

Although contrary to popular belief, it isn’t through some incredible display of patience, forgiveness or even ambivalence that the majority of us in the West don’t respond with anger to inflammatory and abusive attacks via media/video/cartoons/whatever upon the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace). It’s actually because we just don’t find out about these things…

Job Opportunities at ENGAGE

11th September 2012

Engage ENGAGE Local Co-ordinators (3 Vacancies Nationally) Salary: £16,000 – £18,000 per annum Hours: Forty hours per week Holidays: 20 days paid holiday + Bank holidays + Eid days THE ORGANISATION ENGAGE is a not-for-profit company that was founded in 2008 to help empower and encourage British Muslims within local communities to be more actively…

Jonathan Sacks and Richard Dawkins debate at BBC festival

10th September 2012

By Flavia Di Consiglio, BBC Religion and Ethics Prof Richard Dawkins and Lord Sacks will debate at the BBC Re:Think Festival Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins and Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks will meet on Wednesday in an hour-long debate on science and religion, as part of the Re:Think Festival in Salford. The festival, hosted by…

Just The One…

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 7th September 2012

Those from my generation will remember Joan Sims’ character from the early 90s BBC comedy series starring Dennis Waterman called “On The Up”. “Just the one…” she’d always say as she poured herself her “daily” small glass of wine whilst those with her would look at her disapprovingly. The fact that it was never “just…

Dutch embrace radical left as European dream sours

3rd September 2012

Julian Coman, The Guardian (AE: although what seemed a relentless march across Europe towards far-right political successes still certainly isn’t over, there is much to be relieved about for sensible decent citizens across Europe who don’t want an increase in the xenophobic rhetoric which has so poisoned the social scene for ethnic minorities, particularly those…

A Response To Channel 4’s “Islam: The Untold Story”

29th August 2012

The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) PRESS RELEASE: 29th August 2012 This paper is a response to the Channel 4 Programme “Islam: The Untold Story” which was shown on Tuesday 28th August 2012 and presented by Tom Holland. The paper will address each of the main claims made by Holland. 1. The claim that…

The church is our best hope against the zombies

28th August 2012

(AE: our twist on this of course would be that the masses have turned into zombies and the Mosque would be the only refuge of spiritual safety but this time we’ll let our Christian brethren take first dibs on this one…) Rachel Mann, Comment Is Free Zombies are an apt metaphor for those who feel…

Reflections after Ramadhān

1st Ethical CT - 25th August 2012

What an incredible month it’s been – as we completed our khatam of the Qur’ān in Qiyām’l-Layl on the last night of Ramadhān, I reflected on what a mosaic, chaotic and beautiful journey it’s been over the last 29 nights. From being led by a young foreign student from Saudi, to being led by my…

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