Tag: Muslim

Fashion, Venue

The Struggles of Muslim Fashion

In 2017, during a French lesson, I asked why Muslim girls couldn’t wear the hijab in French schools. The answer was simple: “All religious symbols are banned in French schools”. Not knowing any better, and being the only Muslim in my class, I thought nothing else of it. No religious symbols – it puts everyone…

News

Birmingham primary school protests permanently banned

A high court judge has ruled for the permanent ban of anti-LGBT protests in front of Birmingham primary school that began after about 300 people gathered at the school gates in May. Activists protesting against LGBT equality lessons are said to have, “grossly misinterpreted” what is being taught to primary school children. The school, located…

Global

IS bride Shamima Begum wants to return to UK

Shamima Begum, one of the three schoolgirls who left London to join so-called ISIS in 2015, has admitted the she has no regrets about joining the group, but now wants to return to the UK. In an interview with The Times, the 19-year-old described finding heads in bins and losing two children to illness during…

Features

‘I lived in constant fear’

These are the words of Nazma Khan, who founded World Hijab Day, which was on 1 February 2018. Khan immigrated to New York from Bangladesh when she was just 11. ‘Wearing a hijab was a direct sign that I was Muslim, I lived in constant fear. I was called names such as Osama Bin Laden…

Comment

Response: Trump: not a portrayal, but a reflection

The comment piece ‘Trump: wrongly portrayed?’ published in the last issue of Concrete struck me as missing the mark. To claim it’s the media’s responsibility to stop ‘playing Mr Trump’s game and fuelling this social divide’ not only ignores the media’s responsibility to keep citizens informed of the latest comments and actions of the leader…

Global

India’s Supreme Court decriminalises gay sex

“History owes the LGBT community an apology for their sufferings,” said Judge Indhu Maholta, after India overturned a ruling that criminalised gay sex.   Section 377 was a part of the Indian Penal Code, which had been introduced by the British in 1861. It legally banned sexual activity between two men. Section 377 still remains…

News

Muslim prayer space to close

UEA’s Islamic Society have said they will protest the closure of their prayer space after being told their facilities will close on Sunday 21 May. It is understood that the daily Islamic Prayer Facility near Lecture Theatre 2 will be closed to make a connection to the Library, with construction scheduled to start on Monday…

Comment

Is Britain becoming anti-Muslim?

The questions over Britain’s increasingly anti-Muslim attitude cannot help but be divisive. Immigration and integration have been complicated by troublesome debates for decades, and the latest disputes over the government’s education and anti-radicalisation policies are no exception. Whilst the existence, unconscious or otherwise, of an inherent bias against Islam held by the British government cannot…

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