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
I have always wanted to write books. As a former journalist, and my father himself being an author, that probably shouldn’t come as any surprise. It has simply been about waiting for the right opportunity at the right time. That … Continue reading Textbook stuff…
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
This article was published in the Birmingham Post on 23rd December 2009 during my first year as Head of RE at Kings Norton Girls’ School. It can also be read here. This year, in my new role as Head of Religious … Continue reading The Christmas message that all faiths believe in
What happened when a Jew, a Catholic and a Humanist walked into a mosque? A delicious curry for lunch, certainly, but more importantly, a huge helping of learning, and an even bigger serving of love. That was certainly the experience of well over 100 delegates who attended the second London … Continue reading Unity in diversity
This article was published in the ‘International Business Times’ online on Thursday 2nd June 2016. It’s been called “the biggest act of mass-religious observance of its kind”. US president Barack Obama referred to it as a time of “gratitude for the … Continue reading Why my children won’t be fasting this Ramadan
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