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Reconciling Faith and Culture

9th March 2012

Alia Raffia Ullah, IslamOnline The relationship between culture and religion has been subject of continuous debate and rigorous study. Particularly for Muslims living in the West, trying to develop a balance between practicing Islam within the prevalent cultural attitudes, is often viewed as a predicament.   The majority of today’s Muslim families arrived in the…

Forget the Women. Pass me a Pancake.

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 7th March 2012

I’m still not quite sure where I stand with tomorrow being International Women’s Day: does it actually honour them or patronise them? I have to be honest, I’m still not convinced with the official line of “a global celebration of women..with a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for…

Rethinking ‘Ethical’ Careers – Careers Fair & Training Day

7th March 2012

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR POSTER FOSIS, 1st Ethical and Regents Park Mosque present: “Rethinking ‘Ethical’ Careers” – Careers Fair & Training Day We all seek a fulfilling career. We all want to use our talents and skills effectively. Ultimately, we all want to make a difference with our day-to-day jobs. But how can we achieve…

David Cameron’s race problem

6th March 2012

Bagehot, The Economist If Conservatives cannot woo black and Asian voters, they may never win majorities again   AFTER failing to win the 2010 general election, Conservative leaders came to a sobering conclusion. To win majorities in future, the party needs more MPs like Paul Uppal—a state-educated Sikh entrepreneur who cut across class and ethnic…

Mark Thompson on the BBC and Religion

3rd March 2012

Free Speech Debate [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRxNkkeA5xQ&context=C35110f5ADOEgsToPDskLBuCKZiIzJPujMyqrOJqbD[/youtube] In 2005, the BBC broadcast Jerry Springer: The Opera despite protests from Christian groups (read and comment on our case study). The BBC received more than 60,000 complaints about the show – a record at the time. In an interview with Free Speech Debate, Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, explains…

Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury discuss human nature & ultimate origin

Abu Eesa Niamatullah - 1st March 2012

The fact that we would disagree on many theological points in the debate below shouldn’t prevent us from benefiting from much of the content, insight and intellectual jousting that proves quite educational. A good watch. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfQk4NfW7g0[/youtube]

Philanthropy in Islam

29th February 2012

Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad, Dawn PHILANTHROPY, in simple words, signifies acts done for the welfare of mankind. Every religion has philanthropic components to it. Islam is no exception; in fact, Islamic injunctions make acts of charity obligatory. However, for many in the West, the concept of philanthropy is not a feature that is likely to be…

Mosquebusters

27th February 2012

Spike Johnson, Foreign Policy   When there’s something Muslim in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Meet the British lawyer fighting Islam, one parking ticket at a time.   Click here for pictures from inside the world of Mosquebusters. LONDON — It is winter, the middle of December, and I find myself making an odd…

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