Student Loans now with interest!?

28th July 2012

FOSIS Student Loans now with interest!? Lets pave our way for future generations to get to University without interest – but we need your help! This campaign is brought to you in partnership with 1st Ethical Charitable Trust, NUS and Al-Qalam. You probably saw all those students march in London a year and a half ago as the government proposed its reforms…

This Is How Racism Takes Root

24th July 2012

Joseph Harker, The Guardian The different ways the media covered two cases of men grooming children for sex show how shockingly easy it is to demonise a whole community Five of the eight men convicted of child sex abuse in Derby: Mark Adaoui, John Shaw, Stefan Godfrey, Anthony Lambert and Ijaz Ahmed. Photograph: Caters News…

What makes London different

23rd July 2012

Simon Kuper, The Financial Times If they want to be Londoners – to be part of this thrilling, rich city – people have to rub along together despite fantastic inequality ©Luis Grañena   I was at a reception in London recently, watching a bizarre spectacle: a black woman, a Jewish man and an Asian chap, all…

The New 1st Ethical Zakāh Guide

1st Ethical CT - 20th July 2012

Ramadhan is always an exciting time for us here at 1st Ethical because of the extra number of seasonal campaigns we hold in so many Mosques. Yet this year is a bit extra special with the launch of our brand-new easy-to-read 8-page Zakāh guide which takes its place as our key document on our Zakāh Campaign Page, a…

The Eurozone’s Religious Faultline

19th July 2012

Chris Bowlby, BBC Radio 4 Discussion among eurozone leaders about the future of their single currency has become an increasingly divisive affair. On the surface, religion has nothing to do with it – but could Protestant and Catholic leaders have deep-seated instincts that lead them to pull the eurozone in different directions, until it breaks?…

Lobbying for a Halal Alternative to Student Loans

18th July 2012

Last Updated: 7th April 2014   Please see this blog post for the latest developments to this campaign. The Government have issued a survey, requesting Muslims and non Muslims to give their opinions regarding proposals for a shari’ah compliant student loans finance product. This is a promising, yet long over due step. Please click here for…

Securing alternative student finance for Muslim students

16th July 2012

By The NUS The new student finance arrangements in 2012/13 change the way that interest is charged on student loans. Previously, interest was pegged at the level of inflation (as measured by the Retail Price Index, or RPI). From September, student loans for new students will have variable interest rates, with a maximum rate of RPI…

Launch of our new Halal Money Guide!

1st Ethical CT - 13th July 2012

We are delighted to announce the release of our brand new 8-page Halal Money guide. We hope you’ll find it useful in providing you guidelines on how to ensure your rizq and income remains blessed, and that you rid yourself of anything that might curse your wealth. From issues surrounding student loans to warranties, credit…

We mustn’t allow Muslims in public life to be silenced

10th July 2012

Mehdi Hasan, The Guardian Even in polite society, fear-mongering, negative stereotyping and abuse are now out of control – as I know from bitter experience Have you ever been called an Islamist? How about a jihadist or a terrorist? Extremist, maybe? Welcome to my world. It’s pretty depressing. Every morning, I take a deep breath…

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