Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry

Nur Sevencan interviews Dr Shadee Al-Masry, the Director of Religious Programming at New Brunswick Islamic Center and founder of Safina Society, on the celebratisation of scholars in the Muslim community, and how we can ensure that we benefit from learned individuals, without placing them on a pedestal. 1) The issue of celebrity imams and how the public should not idolise them is often discussed within the … Continue reading Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry

5 Islam affiliated buzzwords feared by the West

By Sharmin Ayman The post 9/11 era has been marked more recently by protests, Islamophobia, populism and the growing support of the far-right across Europe and the US. Hostility and discrimination against Muslims in the UK has peaked, manifesting in hate crimes with 1260 incidents recorded in the 12 months preceding March 2017 by the Metropolitan police. Undoubtedly, the proponents of anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe … Continue reading 5 Islam affiliated buzzwords feared by the West

To Palestine & back: Tourism will not save Al-Aqsa

By Afsheen Mehmood This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to visit and pray in Masjid Al Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam. To say that I was anxious about this trip would have been an understatement. For years I had thought that given the political troubles in the region, visiting Masjid Al Aqsa would be completely out of the question. In addition, … Continue reading To Palestine & back: Tourism will not save Al-Aqsa

Why are British women turning to Islam?

A Muslimah writes Wife beating, discrimination, imprisonment, inferior, seclusion from society, subjugation, enslaved to men, second-class citizen. Put these words together and the title “Islam and women” would probably come to the minds of many. So when in 2011 the multi-faith organisation, Faith Matters published the findings of its report that of the 100,000 British converts to Islam that live in the UK, almost two … Continue reading Why are British women turning to Islam?

We need to talk about the sexualisation of Muslim women

By Aisha Hasan When one looks back at historical depictions of Muslim women, one will usually find typical orientalist tropes, presenting the women of the East as full of mystery and exoticism. Other than the few female Westerners who were able to fully document the huge contribution of women to the Islamic state, students of colonial studies otherwise pictured women as belly dancers, dressed in … Continue reading We need to talk about the sexualisation of Muslim women