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…
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
In his countering extremism speech in Birmingham last week, David Cameron called for “strong”, “positive” and “reforming” Muslim voices to be given more prominence to help tackle radicalisation – the “struggle of our generation”. So it was very apt that … Continue reading Will ‘Prevent’ stop radicalisation?
We are already a third of the way through Ramadhan and I’m happy to say that none of my three children, including the eldest who is 13, have observed a complete fast. I haven’t allowed them to. This might be surprising … Continue reading Why I don’t allow my children to fast
Just prior to the start of Ramadhan, I came across this interesting chart showing fasting times around the world. It shows how the length of each fast can vary considerably depending where one lives – from 22 hours for those … Continue reading Fasting provides plenty of food for thought
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