Many Muslims spend the final 10 days of the month of Ramadan in I’tikaf, during which they retreat into a mosque and cut themselves off from the world to focus their whole attention on worship, with the aim of experiencing … Continue reading I’tikaf: A Unique Experience
It is 12 summers since I qualified as a teacher. Joining the education sector has brought me countless blessings, opening doors to things I didn’t anticipate relatively early in my teaching career, including becoming Head of Religious Education at one … Continue reading Educating Rabwah
I’ve had the great privilege of being invited by a number of schools and organisations to speak at student events and teacher conferences around the UK and abroad. I’m forever grateful for the positive feedback received from colleagues who have … Continue reading Testimonials
A shorter, edited version of this article was published in The Independent online on Saturday 16th April 2016 “O ye who believe… say not to anyone who greets you with the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer.’” (Qur’an 4: 95) … Continue reading When Muslims play God…
What a roller coaster of a year 2015 was – especially if you teach about religion. The frenzied debate about free speech post-Charlie Hebdo, spate of ISIS terror attacks and, yes, Donald Trump, propelled classroom practitioners like me into relentless … Continue reading What should we teach about Islam?
This article was published in ‘On Religion’ on Thursday 27th August 2015. It can also be read here. ‘God is great!’ That was one of the praises sung by thousands of Muslims at a convention in south east England last … Continue reading A figure shrouded in controversy – will the mystery ever be solved?
An edited version of this article was published on Monday 10th August 2015 in ‘The Independent’ online. I’ve made up my mind. I’ll soon be packing my bags and leaving Birmingham to pledge allegiance to the Caliphate. Thousands more, mostly from … Continue reading I’m pledging allegiance to the Caliphate – and no, I don’t mean ISIS
This article was published on ‘Times Online’ on 1st June 2010. Last Friday more than 80 members of my family were slaughtered and many more were left for dead as they prayed in two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan. My fathers, … Continue reading The day terrorists killed members of my family – but not my faith
This article was published in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ on 2nd October 2012. It can also be read here. This was of course prior to the Charlie Hebdo attack but remains pertinent in the debate on free expression. I will never forget … Continue reading Defending the Prophet – and free speech
This blog was first published on the London RE Hub blog spot on Monday 30th March 2015 and can be read here. It has been edited since. I was privileged to be at the first London RE Hub conference at the … Continue reading Jihad, ISIS… and Jesus