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Egypt’s 'Muslim Sisterhood' moves from social work to politics

Egypt’s 'Muslim Sisterhood' moves from social work to politics | Black Muslim | Scoop.it
The Muslim Sisterhood, which remains under-reported, is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it an organization that has a weight similar to that of the Brotherhood, or does it merely support the Brotherhood in times of need?

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Muslims defend their culture against all attacks. Christians could learn from them – Telegraph Blogs

Muslims defend their culture against all attacks. Christians could learn from them – Telegraph Blogs | Black Muslim | Scoop.it
Christianity is a world religion. In Britain, it is also a culture: the law, the national anthem, the cross of St George and most of our holidays are rooted in Christianity.

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Christianity is a world religion. In Britain, it is also a culture: the law, the national anthem, the cross of St George and most of our holidays are rooted in Christianity.

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Witnessing to the Nation of Islam

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for the Million Man March to take place in Washington, D.C., on October 16, 1995, and black men across America responded. The response was so enthusias...

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Quarter of young British people 'do not trust Muslims'

Quarter of young British people 'do not trust Muslims' | Black Muslim | Scoop.it

More than a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds in Britain do not trust Muslims, a BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat poll suggests.

Of the 1,000 young people questioned, 28% said Britain would be better off with fewer Muslims, while 44% said Muslims did not share the same values as the rest of the population.

Some 60% thought the British public had a negative image of Muslims.

An adviser on anti-Muslim hatred said the findings suggested young people needed to mix more.

Akeela Ahmed, from the Cross-government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, said: "These findings indicate that we need to ensure young people are mixing at local levels and that they're working on projects together so that people can get to know Muslims and vice versa."

Made up of civil servants, academics, and members of the Islamic community, the group was launched last year and its job is to advise the government on how to tackle prejudice.

Its members said prejudice among young people was particularly worrying because they were thought to be more liberal than older age groups.

Other findings in the Comres survey, conducted in June, include:

When asked about religious groups 27% said they didn't trust Muslims, 16% said they didn't trust Hindus or Sikhs, 15% said they didn't trust Jewish people, that figure was 13% for Buddhists and 12% said they didn't trust ChristiansYoung people place the blame for Islamophobia in Britain on terror groups abroad (26%), the media (23%) and UK Muslims who have committed acts of terror (21%)Only three in 10 (29%) think Muslims are doing enough to combat extremism in their communities. However, overall young people are more likely to agree (48%) than disagree (27%) that Islam is a peaceful religionYoung people are divided over whether or not immigration is good for Britain overall. Two-fifths (42%) say it is a good thing but more than a third disagree (35%)

Professor Matthew Goodwin, another one of the group's members, said: "Every survey that I have run, and surveys run by my academic colleagues, makes it quite clear that a significant proportion of the British population hold negative views of Islam, and by extension British Muslim communities."

The government group says constant negative media coverage on Islam is shaping people's views. A report submitted to the Leveson inquiry into press standards last year concluded there was "a serious and systemic problem of racist, anti-Muslim reporting within sections of the British media".

 

The Unitas Report, which was submitted to the Leveson inquiry, suggests 40-60% of mosques and Islamic centres have been attacked at least once since the attacks on 11 September 2001 that killed almost 3,000 people in New York, the Washington DC area and Pennsylvania.

Figures from the Metropolitan Police released in August suggest there has been a 61% rise in anti-Muslim crime in London over the past year.

There are also claims the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May has fuelled anti-Muslim feelings. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has also said there has been an "unprecedented escalation of violence" since his death.

'I felt violated'

Anisha Patel, a practising Muslim, wears a black full-face veil and was recently attacked by two men who pulled off her daughter's veil.

"The kind of comments, the kind of looks and stares that we're experiencing at this moment in time is very different to what it was before," she said.

"They've become much more hostile, much more bitter, and much more aggressive in nature. It's actually got to the stage where I'm beginning to feel that I want to stay in my house."

She added: "At the end of the day this is a piece of cloth. It can neither harm anyone or do anything to anyone or do anything to anybody. If you're going to add all the things on to it and say this is a terrorist or whatever they now think we are, it is just ignorance. Absolute ignorance."

A 20-year-old woman who does not want to be named told Newsbeat she does not trust or like Muslims.

"When you hear about terrorism, more often than not it is Muslims that have carried it out. I just feel they're all out to do that, they're all the same.

"If we went to their country we can't wear shorts and a crop top, yet they come here and cover themselves up. It's almost like they're forcing their religion on to us", she said.

The government says it is also funding a service that records Islamophobic crime and supports victims. But some members of the group do not think ministers are committed to the project, and say that getting a meeting with one is near to impossible.

Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East and a Muslim, says the group is just a PR exercise.

"It's a kneejerk reaction. 'Oh something happens and we must do something about it so let's set up a group,' which is not a bad idea, but are they taking on board what the group is saying and implementing what it's saying?" she said.

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said Minister for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi was fully supportive of the group's work and had attended their last meeting.

"The message from this government is unequivocal - there is no place for anti-Muslim hatred or any kind of hatred in Britain, and we are 

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What a Real Muslim Believes: The Tarek Mehanna Case

What a Real Muslim Believes: The Tarek Mehanna Case | Black Muslim | Scoop.it

A #Real #Muslim #Believes: The #Tarek #Mehanna Case. TY: @ggreenwald @palestine @AnonyOps_ http://t.co/PylQ4QRmII … http://t.co/Znz73nEdvw


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Nation of Islam Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Nation of Islam

Nation of Islam Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Nation of Islam | Black Muslim | Scoop.it
Nation of Islam Splinter group of the BLACK MUSLIM MOVEMENT, formed in 1985 by the radical African-American preacher Louis Farrakhan...

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Police dress up in burkhas 'to improve community relations'

Police dress up in burkhas 'to improve community relations' | Black Muslim | Scoop.it
Three women police officers spent a day in full Muslim dress as part of a scheme to improve community understanding.

 

Two sergeants and a community support officer dressed in head-to-foot burkhas and other traditional clothing and went out shopping.
Meanwhile a group of Muslim women were invited into police cells, a CCTV control room and shown other daily duties of a police officer.
The move was part of a police initiative dubbed "In Your Shoes" taking place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
But it has attracted strong criticism from onlookers.
Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "This is an absurd diversion from real policing.

"People want the police out catching criminals, not indulging in politically correct gimmicks.
"The police are overstretched as it is without officers being paid to do other things than their real job."
Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: "This has nothing to do with crime.
"Like most people who have been a victim of crime, I am amazed and flabbergasted that they have solved all the crimes so they can spend a day playing dressing-up games.
"I did not know it was the job of police to see how people feel. I thought it was their job to solve crimes.
"This is a fantastic demonstration that for the last 10 years the British police have been having an institutional nervous breakdown. They do not know what their job or their role is."
The clothes-swapping day took place earlier this year in Sheffield town centre and followed a similar event in Barnsley.
The officers wore brightly-coloured traditional Muslim outfits and a full-length black jilbab plus a niqab, which covers the face leaving slits for eyes.
Sergeant Deb Leonard, who wore some of the clothing, described her experience in a South Yorkshire Police in-house magazine.
She said: "I have gained an appreciation and understanding of what Muslim females experience when they walk out in public in clothing appropriate to their beliefs.
"We are keen to gain a better understanding of issues which our communities face."
No one from South Yorkshire Police was available to comment.
But the in-house magazine added: "The exercise is just one of many activities South Yorkshire Police has planned with communities and ethnic minority leaders to secure strong relationships, celebrate diversity and encourage integration, working towards a safer, closer society."


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WATCH: Muslim Student Tackles White Supremacy

WATCH: Muslim Student Tackles White Supremacy | Black Muslim | Scoop.it
As part of Black History Month, Muslim student and spoken word poet Ibrahim Sincere has tackled the modern implications of racism and white supremacy.

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