When we launched this website in April 2013 we felt that despite the fact that there were nearly three million Muslims in the UK there still wasn’t a quality community media platform which was independent and professional. So 5Pillars aimed to put that right.
We are primarily an opinion and analysis-based website which concentrates on British Muslim news but also looks to the wider Islamic world.
And it’s our belief that 5Pillars has the following unique attributes that no one else can match:
We are financially independent and that means that we are editorially independent.
Everything so far has been financed from our own personal savings, reader donations and advertising. No one draws a salary, everything you see on here is done purely to serve the community.
This lack of resources has its disadvantages for sure, but it also means that we are free to write what we wish, how we wish, and without fear or favour. And that’s the way we like it.
It also means that we don’t feel obliged to take an editorial line on every single issue. We see ourselves more as a forum for debate and a reflection of the Ummah as it is in the UK and abroad, rather than a propaganda organ. This means that the editorial board will publish material that it doesn’t agree with, as long as that material is professionally produced and well argued.
But rest assured that it’s not our intention to remain poor because we know that serious journalism requires serious investment. That said, we give you the assurance that we will never accept money from any government because we know that money will come with strings attached.
We do, however, aim to raise money for this site through advertising and through individual grants and donations which won’t impinge on our editorial freedom.
This site is run by people with journalistic pedigree. We are not amateurs playing at journalism, disrespecting the trade. We’ve been there and we’ve done it.
We have great contacts in the UK and around the world, we know many of the main players and actors in the Ummah. However, given that serious journalists require serious money (and we don’t have any as yet!), we also hope that a new generation of young, budding journalists and activists will find a home here.
This site will always prioritise the common man over the rich and powerful – they already have the rest of the media on their side after all. So we aim to reflect what people are saying on the ground, however uncomfortable that may be, and not just in the corridors of power.
We are also not obsessed with so-called “big names” writing for us. These big names already have their platforms. The only thing that concerns us is that the writer should know what he’s talking about.
We strongly feel that the Muslim community is being divided on sectarian lines and that this is driven more by politics than theology. We believe a divided Ummah fighting each other is an Ummah destined for failure. Therefore, this site will do its best to represent all Islamic traditions fairly and without prejudice.
That said, we realise that there are genuine theological and political differences between Muslims worldwide. This site will not shy away from discussing difficult issues but this will always be done in an atmosphere of rationality and mutual respect.
We believe that Western/Israeli foreign policy is the main cause of the disasters afflicting the Muslim world. Yet we also believe strongly that the Ummah should be prepared to look at itself in the mirror and ask difficult questions.
We remain committed to an Islamic ethos so any blatant contraventions of Islamic etiquette will not be tolerated on this site.
We believe in working constructively and living harmoniously with non-Muslims and we hope they will read and contribute to this website.
Please donate generously to this site. We promise to spend the money you give us on quality journalism and legitimate administration costs. We have no intention of paying ourselves any money whatsoever, but eventually we do hope to do everything on a professional basis because that’s how we can supply you with the best possible service. And we’ll publish our accounts regularly so that you can see where your money is going.
1. Anti Islamic posts will be removed.
2. Comments and posts with profanity will be removed, including spamming.
3. No racism, fascism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
4. Takfir and sectarian insults between different Muslim groups will not be tolerated.
5. No trolling.