Dilly Hussain

Dilly Hussain is the deputy editor of British Muslim news site 5Pillars. He is also a political blogger for the Huffington Post and a features writer for Al Jazeera specialising on human rights. He regularly appears on Islam Channel, Russia Today, BBC Look East, BBC South and BBC radio stations discussing Middle East and North African politics, as well as domestic stories concerning British Muslims.
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3 March 1924 — The Abolition of the Last Caliphate

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Today marks 99 years since the destruction of the Ottoman Caliphate, heralding one of the darkest chapters in history, argues Dilly Hussain.

What the Ukraine-Russia Conflict Tells Muslims About Their Status in the West

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Muslim journalist Dilly Hussain shares implicit messages from the political and media establishment on the status and worth of Muslims in the West

Unscripted #35 | Rewind with 5Pillars & IlmFeed | Dilly Hussain & Sa’id Looch

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Join us this week on our special Unscripted Podcast #35 with Deputy Editors of IlmFeed & 5Pillars, Sa'id Looch & Dilly Hussain.

Understanding the Caliphate: Between Romanticism and Cynicism

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This history which consists of 1,300 years of vast territorial expansion, economic prosperity and intellectual enlightenment is also known for its civil wars, dynastic power struggles and instances of oppressive rule, writes Dilly Hussain

Preventing Terrorism Requires Radical Change

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Dilly Hussain offers a radical plan for reducing the "Islamist terror threat" to the West. But is it too big a cost for the ruling classes?

Is David Cameron OK with “an” Islamic State then?

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On Wednesday 20 April 2016, David Cameron defamed Imām Sulaiman Ghani from Tooting at Prime Minister's Questions as an "IS supporter" - a popular acronym for ISIS. Downing Street's Press Office later clarified that Mr Cameron really meant Imām Ghani supported "an" Islamic state. The basis of this claim, Downing Street argued, was the 'Quiz a Muslim' event, that I personally chaired in my hometown of Bedford, last November. However, it was only in January this year when Mr Ghani spoke at an anti-ISIS conference entitled "The Evils of ISIS". Mr Cameron's defamatory and irresponsible accusation escaped an imminent lawsuit due

Europe’s history of anti-semitism and the rise of Islamophobia

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Over the last few months a national anti-racism campaign has been underway led by Muslim organisations in the UK. The main purpose of the campaign was to promote peace and tolerance, by understanding common views about racism in modern British society, and how Muslims could assist in collectively tackling it. The initiative came at the wake of the controversial German far-right PEGIDA movement’s decision to hold its first UK rally in Newcastle upon Tyne. Muslims across the country were mobilised to oppose PEGIDA's message of hate with the message of love, and to counter their divisive rhetoric with the message of understanding. Teams of activists conducted surveys and

What happened to the “beautiful man” that became Jihadi John?

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What happened to the “beautiful man” that became Jihadi John? Most humans, irrelevant of race, religion or ideology, would unequivocally condemn the coldblooded murder of innocent people, whether the perpetrator was "Jihadi John", named yesterday by the Washington Post  as Mohammed Emwazi, or the thousands of Iraqis killed in an illegal war led by the US. The problems is, in such a hypersensitive environment of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry , many people, intentionally or out of genuine ignorance, assume that the default position of Muslims is one which condones violence, hatred and extremism. Consequently, Muslims are then expected to demystify this

The Woman who cried wolf

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Cathy Newman is slammed on social media as #FictionOn4 trends Pictures speak volumes. In Cathy Newman’s case, images from a mosque CCTV camera also spoke volumes, they exposed her as a liar, writes Dilly Hussain. The senior Channel 4 reporter’s claims that she was “ushered out of the door” when visiting a London mosque last week, were disproven when the Huffington Post obtained security footage showing Newman exiting the premises on her own. Newman’s subsequent tweets on the day describing her version of events caused uproar on social media, which resulted in harsh criticism of the South London Islamic Centre

Does Israel know the meaning of “Peace”?

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Stay up-to-date on what's happening in Gaza: Gaza Under Siege - Updates The siege of Gaza is entering its third week and the Palestinian death toll continues to rise. Yet again, it is the Palestinian women and children who are paying the price for the Zionist entity’s incapability of maintaining a ceasefire. As if aerial and naval bombardment of the biggest open air prison on earth is not enough, Israeli forces mounted a ground offensive on Thursday night. The Muslims of Gaza have become used to being attacked during the holy month of Ramadān, a form of psychological warfare intentionally