Historical high number of Muslims elected in UK elections

In the British elections earlier this month, 16 Muslims were elected to the British Parliament, a dozen of these Members of Parliament (MPs)  from Pakistani backgrounds.

Labour party Muslim MPs include Khalid Mehmood, Shabana Mehmood, Rozeena-Allin Khan, Yasmin Qureshi, Naz Shah, Imran Hussain, Afzal Khan, Mohammed Yasin and Faisal Rasheed, Roshanara Ali, Rupa Huq, and Tulip Siddique.

Conservative Muslims MPs in the new parliament include Nusrat Ghani, Rehman Chishti, and Sajid Javed, the communities minister.

Scottish National Party politician, Tasmeena Sheikh, lost her seat. Liberal Democratic and Conservative parties had reduced the number of Muslims running for election.

This increase was not affected by the fact that the  Liberal Democratic and Conservative parties had reduced the number of Muslims running for election by nearly half.


Muslims gather to celebrate Ramadan in Birmingham UK

Muslim’s in Birmingham will begin 30 days of fasting next week to celebrate Ramadan.
From Monday, mosques across the city will also be holding special prayers, known as Tarawih, which sees Muslims reciting a section of the Quran every night over the 30 days until they have completed the whole scripture.

Mohammed Yasin, assistant general secretary of the Jamia Masjid & Madrassa Faiz ul Quran Ghousia Mosque, in Albert Road, Stechford, Birmingham, said billions of Muslims across the world will be celebrating Ramadan.

It is known as the month of blessing and is marked by prayer, fasting and charity work.
“Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam,” said Mr Yasin.

“In around 610AD, the prophet Muhammad used to go out to the desert near Mecca to think about faith, society and God.

“One night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the angel Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to receive the word of Allah.

“In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Quran.”

He explained that Muslims fast for the entire month, a tradition known as Sawm, which is one of the five ‘pillars’ or duties of Islam.

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