Friday, 28 March 2014

Mosque bomb plots

iEngage, Neo-Nazi found guilty of mosque bomb plots "ITV News, The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror as well as local papers, Wirral Globe and Liverpool Echo, all report on a racist Neo-Nazi who has been convicted of planning to blow up mosques with home-made devices packed with nails and ball bearings."

Tariq Ramadan,, British Muslims contribute to interfaith dialogue

Tariq Ramadan,, British Muslims contribute to interfaith dialogue

What is life like for gay Muslim women?

Channel 4, What is life like for gay Muslim women? "From one woman who feels she does not fit in anywhere, to another attacked by her own family for her sexuality, Cordelia Lynch hears about the prejudices faced by lesbian Muslim women in the UK."

Opinion piece on 'Newsnight' item

Myriam Francois-Cerrah,, What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight... "On Monday evening, Newsnight convened a panel of Muslims to discuss a short film on the topic ‎of "who speaks for Muslims", made by Quilliam Foundation's Maajid Nawaz. The panel included ‎the journalist Mehdi Hasan and the Muslim commentator Mo Ansar and was chaired, (although ‎arguably not much!) by Jeremy Paxman.‎"


BBC iPlayer, Rev, 3:1 "Adam's wife Alex gives birth to their daughter in dramatic circumstances. Adam teams up with a local imam to help improve the community - but is his new colleague friend or foe?" Some of this episode was filmed adjacent to (and inside) East London Mosque. The excellent cast included Kayvan Novak from Four Lions.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

'Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs'

Telegraph, Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs " Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills."

Friday, 14 March 2014

Couple jailed for YouTube videos glorifying Lee Rigby murder

Couple jailed for YouTube videos glorifying Lee Rigby murder | UK news | The Guardian: "A couple were jailed on Friday for glorifying the murder of the soldier Lee Rigby in videos posted on YouTube that were "offensive in the extreme". Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, of Hackney, north-east London, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south-east London, last May."

BBC accused of censorship

BBC accused of censorship in row over Free Speech show from mosque | Media | The Guardian  "The BBC was accused of censorship on Thursday after its BBC3 debate show Free Speech dropped a question about being Muslim and gay at the request of the mosque where it was being filmed."

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Shaykh and the F Word

Sana Saeed,, The Shaykh and the F Word "Muslim [American] Twitter is currently ablaze with condemnations, support and whatever else in between over sexist comments made by UK-based Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, affiliated with the Al Maghrib Institute. On his public “personal” page, Niamatullah decided to commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8th) by denigrating it as a “bakwaas day” (bakwaas means ‘bullshit’ more or less in Urdu)."

Monday, 10 March 2014

'Islamophobia 10 – Theme Parks 0'

Insted Consultancy, Islamophobia 10 – Theme Parks 0, 27 Feb 2014 "Recently the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), based in East London, announced plans for a families day out at Legoland, the famous theme park near Windsor. What? A Muslim organisation wanting its children to enter and enjoy public space? In the eyes of the Daily Mail, that would never do. The Mail requested its columnist Richard Littlejohn to rubbish the whole idea. Littlejohn’s article was entitled ‘Jolly Jihadi Boy’s Outing to Legoland’ and appeared on 18 February. It was illustrated with large pictures of Abu Hamza and Omar Bakti Mohammed, allegedly respected and extolled by the MRDF, and it consisted of a spoof timetable for the day as a whole."