Articles by: 5Pillarz

Mehdi Hasan to move to America to join Al Jazeera

Mehdi Hasan to move to America to join Al Jazeera

UK December 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm 0 comments

Prominent British Muslim journalist Mehdi Hasan is to leave the UK to host a new programme on Al Jazeera English in Washington. Hasan has risen to prominence in the last few years for his strident left-wing and pro Muslim opinions at the New Statesman and then at the Huffington Post. […]

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Moazzam Begg on Peshawar massacre: All have lost moral high ground

Moazzam Begg on Peshawar massacre: All have lost moral high ground

Opinion December 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm 0 comments

CAGE outreach director Moazzam Begg says that after the Peshawar school massacre all those who claimed the moral high ground have lost it – the ones who kill children in the name of democracy and the ones who retaliate in the name of Islam. It’s not often that you’ll hear […]

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Casualties feared after Australian police storm siege cafe

Casualties feared after Australian police storm siege cafe

Australia, World December 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm 0 comments

After more than 16 hours, police say they have ended the siege of the Sydney café where a self-styled “Muslim cleric” was holding hostages. A police spokesman confirmed “the operation is over” to Associated Press but would not release any further details. Media reports indicate that up to two people […]

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Arbaeen: A Shia perspective

Arbaeen: A Shia perspective

Opinion December 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm 0 comments

Shia Muslim Nazim Ali reflects on the meaning of Arbaeen, the annual Shia pilgrimage to Karbala to commemorate 40 days after Imam Hussain’s martydom, and its context in modern day Iraq. Iqbal the great Sunni Philosopher and poet said: “Imam Hussain uprooted despotism forever, till the day of Resurrection. He […]

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24-year-old Indian IT professional and the man behind the biggest pro-ISIS account - @ShamiWitness

Pro ISIS tweeter @ShamiWitness fears for life after being unmasked

Asia, India, World December 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm 0 comments

The man behind the most influential pro-ISIS Twitter account has told Channel 4 News that he is “ready to surrender” after Indian police said they are investigating him. The man behind “Shami Witness” is actually from Bangalore, has never been to Syria and speaks no Arabic. He told Channel 4 […]

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Birkbeck College cancels IHRC event as Britain First threatens protest

Birkbeck College cancels IHRC event as Britain First threatens protest

UK December 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm 0 comments

An academic conference tackling the alarming rise in Islamophobia in the UK has had to be relocated after Birkbeck College seemingly gave into far-right Islamophobes threatening to demonstrate outside the venue. Birkbeck College withdrew the go-ahead it originally gave for the conference organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) […]

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Many Muslims campaigned for Moazzam Begg's release

Review of the Year March 2014: Moazzam Begg charged & Egypt crackdown

Features December 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

British Muslim news in March 2014 was once again dominated by the arrest of former Guantanamo Bay detainee and Outreach Director of advocacy group CAGE, Moazzam Begg. On March 1 Begg was charged with terror offences related to Syria. West Midlands Police  said Begg was charged under Section 6 and […]

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Pro Israel fanatic jailed for beating up George Galloway

Pro Israel fanatic jailed for beating up George Galloway

UK December 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm 0 comments

A former BBC manager with a “pathological loathing” for George Galloway was jailed for 16 months on Thursday for beating him up in the street. Neil Masterson, 39, approached Mr Galloway while the Respect MP posed for pictures with two Moroccan men in Golborne Road, Notting Hill. He then punched […]

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Runa Khan outside court

Mother of six jailed for posting Facebook messages promoting Syria jihad

UK December 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm 0 comments

A Muslim mother-of-six who posted pictures of her young children posing as jihadists on Facebook and advised an undercover policeman how to travel to Syria has been jailed for five years and three months. Runa Khan, 35, from Luton, took pictures of her young son wearing a turban and holding […]

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Education: The new battleground for Muslim assimilation

Education: The new battleground for Muslim assimilation

Opinion December 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm 0 comments

The heavy crackdown against Muslim schools reveals much more about the government’s strategy for assimilating Britain’s Muslims than any genuine fears about radicalisation or extremism, argues journalist Faisal Bodi. Last month the government schools inspectorate OFSTED launched a fresh wave of unannounced snap inspections of mainly Muslim-majority schools in the […]

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