Tariq Ramadan exonerated again
Journalist Ian Hamel of the Swiss journal Le Point was fined by a court for his defamatory article on Professor Tariq Ramadan. According to the judges, Hamel “deceived the reader, which, beyond the criminal aspect, constitutes professional misconduct.” click here.
Dr Fazaluddin in this work applies Amin Ahsan Islahi’s scheme of grouping Qur’anic surahs according to shared themes to the concept of ‘Conciliation’. The book examines how this concept remoulds and extends as one traverses through the seven surah groupings. It is a work with much contemporary relevance, particularly in shaping Muslim conduct in relations with those of other faiths or no faith. click here.
Allama Iqbal’s message
Words of advice from a veteran
Dr Hani El-Banna’s advice to a community body – Leave a Space, Create a Space, Fill the Gap. Click here
Reflections on Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, Malaysia’s Tabung Haji, Kenya’s M-pesa as success stories in financial inclusion – by Professor Iqbal Asaria. click here,
Italian scholarship on the Qur’an
Dr Sabrina Lei, associated with the research institute Tawasul Italy, has recently completed a translation of Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s work on the Qur’an. click here.
Books – notices & reviews
A welcome addition to the scholarship on the history of Muslims in Britain. click here.
Dr Adrien Chauvet, a physical chemist who has also studied the Islamic sciences, writes in the introduction to his recently published book dealing with the science vs religion debate, “My goal is not to prove scientifically that God exist – at least not directly – but to demonstrate that scientific logic is not foreign to religious logic. Rather, I shed some light on their complementarity and justify, using scientific methods and arguments, a theistic vision of the world.click here
Muslims and the Media
A forensic study on how TV outlets covered the Home Secretary’s misleading statement that associated grooming with British Pakistanis. click here.
Noor Inayat Khan remembrance
Shrabina Basu hosts a memorable ‘evening of remembrance’ for the British Muslim war heroine, musician and poet. Her writings have been published by Suluk Press under the title Dream Flowers. click here.
Fund raising for Morocco
Several British charities have responded rapidly to the earthquake of 8th September that has devastated towns and villages in the Atlas mountains, affecting Marrakech and with shock waves felt in Casablanca and further afar. click here.
Kew Gardens – unique display
A world-premiere exhibition of 30 brand-new botanical paintings by artist Sue Wickison. The displays are . In collaboration with Kew scientist Dr Shahina Ghazanfar, who has researched and written Plants of the Qur’ān: History & Culture, click here.
Exhibition: Islam, Astronomy and Arabic Print
The Middle Temple Library in London draws on its archival deposit including astronomical manuscripts from the Medieval and Renaissance periods and European translations of the Qur’an, verses from the Qur’an relating to astronomy and Renaissance books containing Arabic script. click here
Metrics of domestic security. click here.
More on the agent who masterminded regime change in 1953 Iran. click here.
Who is banning books? click here
Afghanistan – the great misadventure. Click here.
Passing away of Dr Sabiha Saleem, founder and former trustee of the Lewiisham Islamic Centre. click here.
A tribute to a former colleague in the Federation of Student Islamic Societies of UK & Eire and founder of the Ibn Abbas and Aisha Siddique madrassas in Karachi – Dr Amjad Ali. click here.
Yusuf Islam’s reflection on the life of fellow-singer, the late Sinead O’Connor. click here.
Dr Shabbir Akhtar, remembered by Ishtiaq Ahmed Their journeys are short but their impact is for generations to come. click here.
Dr Abdul Bari’s tribute to the late Neil Jameson. click here.
How holy is Palestine to the Muslims? – H. S, Karmi click here,
The Kalim Siddiqui – Professor Khurshid Ahmad exchange: ‘Whose failure in Pakistan?’ click here
Muslim Minorities: Towards a Practical Education Strategy – Khurram Murad click here.
Symbol and rite in Islam – Omar Austin, click here
London’s National March for Palestine
Organised by Friend of Al-Aqsa, Peace in Palestine, thousands take to the streets again in Saturday 28 October 2023, to voice their horror at the Israeli air and ground assault on Gaza, ignoring the UN General Assembly’s overwhelming majority vote calling for an immediate humanitarian truce.
Sombre prayer vigil outside Downing Street
Palestine – MCB statement
For 75 years, Palestinians have endured decades of illegal Israeli occupation, oppression and apartheid. They have experienced attacks on their towns, cities, and refugee camps, not to mention the thousands who have been killed indiscriminately. It is imperative to safeguard the lives of all civilians and protect their homes, hospitals and places of worship [ . . .] In the midst of it all it is crucial we do not allow these tensions to affect our communities here in the UK. There is the risk that at times like these both Islamophobia and Antisemitism rise. We must be proactive to ensure that this is not the case and our communities can come together for the common good. click here.
Visit My Mosque Day
Mosques across the UK time their open days to be on the same day of the year – Click here.
Medical Research Council under scrutiny
Investigations point to a radio isotope introduced into chapatis without informed consent.. click here.
A Muslim civil society foundation making a difference
With ‘A’ level results imminent, the Al-Noor registered charity provides support. click here.
London’s avant-garde calligrapher
Soraya Syed is a classically trained calligrapher and artist dedicated to bringing the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy into the 21st century through film, dance, VR, and three-dimensional sculptures. click here
Muslim Scouts assemble in Kibblestone
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future ” click here.
2024 General Election watch
“There are around 8,800 wards in the UK, with an average of 5,500 voters in each one. Wards are naturally sub-parts of parliamentary seats, so information gained at a ward level can be very helpful for the ultimate analysis of an entire seat.” click here
Dutch alert: Veering to right wing, Muslim hating political climate
A comment from the Muslim Council of Britain. click here
Senior most Muslim Parliamentarian makes stand on Gaza
The Great London March for Gaza
11/11 will be remembered by all those who walked from Hyde Park Corner across Vauxhall Bridge. click here.
Yusuf Islam’s heartfelt grief
A young student in our boys’ school has just lost fourteen members of his family in Gaza, murdered during the Israeli bombings. Oh my God! How heartless! They don’t even know what or who they’re killing. If they could face the souls of those they’re slaughtering, and look them in the eyes, they might not find it so easy to pull the trigger. click here.
More support for Gaza from academics
We, the Trustees of the British Association for Islamic Studies, express our deep solidarity with, and moral commitment to Palestinian communities in Gaza, the West Bank and around the world in this moment of genocide, conducted by the state of Israel.” click here.
28 October London March
Organised by Friends of Al Aqsa Peace in Palestine with a widespread support from civil society. click here.
Freedom of Speech & Gaza & Academia
From BRISMES and associated bodies, “[. . .] whatever criticism the IHRA’s [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s] examples may seek to suppress, both Jews and non-Jews in the UK are entitled, without being stigmatised as anti-Semites, to contend that a state that by law denies Palestinians any right of self-determination is a racist state, or to ask whether there is some moral equivalence between shooting down defenceless Jews in eastern Europe and unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza”. click here.
Britons in their hundreds of thousands rally for Palestine
Challenging the media bias
“Learn to spot media biases, inaccuracies and problematic framing, and strategies to challenge these narratives [. . .] This workshop will be looking at recent examples.” click here.
150,000 march in London
For those finding the path to Islam
“. . . . We pray that, with Allah as your guide, you will enjoy this wonderful spiritual journey, all the while, showered by His blessings.” From the website launch of a new Muslim support body. click here.
Floods in Derna
Appeal from the British Institute of Libyan and North African Studies (BILNAS), “Longer term assistance with rebuilding a community traumatised by a natural disaster of a scale not seen since the Great Earthquake of AD 365 (that devastated much of Eastern Libya) is also required. BILNAS has made a donation through the Red Cross to assist with the Libyan Relief operations. I therefore appeal to you as a friend of Libya and its people to make a donation if you can, through one of the many relief agencies that are now operating in Eastern Libya, principally in and around Derna.” click here.