6 December 2012
A planning application for a massive mosque in West Ham has been refused planning permission. The missionary Muslim group Tablighi Jamaat had been waitin g for years to build a mosque in West Ham. But some Christian groups have been campaigning against the mosque.
Local Councillors finally agreed with Newham planning officers that the proposed design was not appropriate and refused it, saying it did not fit with their vision of bringing housing and jobs to the area.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:
‘We give thanks to God that councillors agreed with their planning officers last night despite massive pressure from Muslims supporting the proposal.
‘The battle is far from over and the focus of our prayer must now shift to Bristol and the appeals process. But the unanimous vote and what appear to have been robust grounds for refusal were welcome at this stage.’
9 December 2102
Renowned British lawmaker George Galloway has attacked new restrictions imposed on the wearing of the Muslim face-veil (Niqab) at the meeting place of the two houses of parliament, describing the move as an infringement on Muslim rights:
“Everyone understands the need to have proper security, but these rules seem a little heavy handed and confusing to me.”
British authorities have imposed new restrictions on the wearing of the Muslim veil at the Palace of Westminster. Under the new rules, niqab-wearing Muslims will be required to remove their face-veil.
There is amounting pressure from the public to outlaw the veil in public spaces. In September 2010, the Burnley College in Lancashire banned the Muslim face-veil on campus. A recent YouGov survey found that some 67 percent of Britons favor face-veils to be made illegal.
Firther, lawmaker Philip Hollobone has already tabled a bill in the parliament calling for Britain to follow France and outlaw the wearing of the face-veil in public.
10 December 2012
A Muslim family based in Bingham in north-western Britain were the latest victims of increasing anti-Islamic attacks in Britain. The family found an offensive graffiti which attacked Islam and Allah outside of their family house last week.
According to the father’s account the attack left the children traumatized:
“Two days after the first incident I saw the eldest on the laptop looking at a map, looking for escape routes in case anything goes wrong, I’m not even a strict Muslim at all, so for this to happen to my family is a joke.” He said.
The second attack came three weeks later when the family found a cross wrapped in ham left on their doorstep.
The attack was taken as a significant warning for increase in the hate crimes against Muslims. Police data show that 1,200 anti-Muslim attacks were reported in Britain in 2010. A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the nation that is most suspicious about Muslims. A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
1 December 2012
Lancashire County Council has come under heavy criticism for distributing food banned in Islam as halal food among Muslim pupils. The Lancashire Council of Mosques wrote in a letter to Muslim parents “suppliers of ‘halal’ products are not accredited by any halal certifying organization that is in line with the halal criteria adopted by the LCM” and urged the parents not to allow their children to eat meat at Lancashire County Council schools as they do not have halal food labels.
However, Lancashire council leader Geoff Driver has rejected the LCM concerns saying the supplied food meets standards applied to all halal food in schools across Britain.
28 November 2012
The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign which aims to increase the number of regular blood donors from Muslim communities by holding donor drives in 10 cities across the UK.
The annual campaign, named after the grand son of the Prophet, is organized by the Islamic Unity Society (IUS), a charity set up to promote the integration of Muslim communities within wider British society.
Theo Clarke, of NHS Blood and Transplant, Leicester, said: “It’s great to have such an opportunity to work with the Muslim community in promoting blood donation. Often, rare blood groups are more common within certain ethnic groups, so encouraging people with rarer blood types to donate is a challenge.”
3 December 2012
Glasgow City Council has been working hard to promote racial and religious equality in Glasgow, in order to foster better relations between religious groups residing in the city. In the wake of the anti-Islamic movie, Innocence of Muslim, the City Council has discussed plans to support Glasgow’s 30,000-strong Muslim community and protect faith groups from similar behavior.
Madihah Ansari, a student at Glasgow Caledonian University, is joining the efforts to promote religious understanding in Pollokshields. She has introduced ‘New to Islam’ classes for the city’s recent Muslim converts, Madihah is taking the chance to share the message of her religion with those who have only a basic understanding of Islam.
The classes are held at Madrasa Taleemul Islam on Nithsdale Road, on weekly basis and give all attendees an insight into the world’s fastest-growing religion.
8 November 2012
Implementations of Islamic law in the UK and their effect on the integration of the Muslim community have been debated in the public. Many argue that such a move would disturb the secular nature of the society and lead to problems in creating a coherent society. On the other hand, some argue that whether or not it is allowed, it is being implemented by the Muslim community and allowing it would help the further integration of Muslims in the Britain.
The article touches upon these issues while giving examples how the Islamic law that is combined with the British law is implemented to solve the problems of British Muslims.
28 October 2012
Muslims gathered at Stockton’s Muslim Welfare Trust to register their protest against the movie Innocence of Muslims. According to the organizers the demonstration was organized in order to give Teesside’s Muslim community the chance to voice their concerns over the movie.
Mahroof Hussein, Treasurer of the Muslim Welfare Trust, said: “We wanted to make sure this was a peaceful demonstration. We decided not to take to the streets because we wanted to avoid any conflict and wanted to get our point across through a peaceful gathering and the lobbying of our MPs”
Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham and Hartlepool counterpart Iain Wright along with Middlesbrough Councillor, Barry Coppinger, participated in the event. They agreed to deliver a petition on behalf of the Muslim community to the Houses of Parliament regarding their concerns.
Further, a Muslim group called Jammat-e ahle Sunnat UK issued a warning that the movie is “encouraging and promoting racial and religious hate crime”.