Ismail Adam Patel

Ismail Patel (born 1963) is a British optician, and founder of Friends of Al-Aqsa, in Leicester, about 1995. He is an advisory board member of the Conflicts Forum, director of IslamExpo, and a member of the Special Advisory Board of Clear Conscience. He writes commentary for The Guardian, and The Independent, Aljazeera English, and Arabian Business.
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Palestine: The Work Begins NOW | Unscripted #82 with Ismail Patel

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Dr Salman is joined by the veteran activist and advocate Sh Ismail Patel from Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) for an enlightening and empowering conversation about reclaiming the discourse on Palestine.

The Importance of Boycotts and #CheckTheLabel

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“It can be seen that boycott has successfully been a tool used to bring about change for many years throughout history. Most recently, boycotts of Israel across all sectors have been called for worldwide as a protest against their occupation and ill-treatment of the Palestinian people."

Welcome Sha’bān 1436

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We have come to the end of the sacred month of Rajab, according to the Umm al Qura calendar, with today or tomorrow being the last day depending on the birth of the new moon . The first of Sha'bān 1436 will thus correspond with the 19th or 20th May 2015 depending on the decision made within each country. Sha'bān is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar and considered one of the special months for which we find particular sunan of the Prophet (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam). It is reported that the Prophet (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) would fast most of the month of Sha'bān

Do you know Al-Aqsa?

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We occasionally get asked why we show the image of the Dome of the Rock (Qubbat as Sukhra) when we are discussing or promoting the issue of Masjid al-Aqsa. It is asserted that this causes confusion in people's minds about what Masjid al-Aqsa actually refers to. This response intends to help resolve the confusion: Q. What is Masjid Al Aqsa? A. There is a common misconception that Masjid Al Aqsa refers specifically to the black/grey domed masjid within the Al Aqsa Sanctuary, however this is incorrect. Allah (swt) reminds us in the Holy Qur’an that He has blessed the land

The Hypocrisy of the West’s Treatment of Morsi

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By the grace of Allah, things have really turned around in Egypt, and what was once a land of oppression and corruption is changing considerably for the better. The people seem to be happier and where there was once fear (usually of the secret security services) there is now much hope. Given the installation of democracy, one would assume that the west would be quite happy, if not only for the fact that Egypt has maintained its agreements with Israel. However, it seems the Islamists continue to ruin things for western powers, especially as it is becoming clearly apparent that

Salah case exposes the questionable tactics of Britain’s pro-Israel lobby

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The circumstances surrounding Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to issue an exclusion order against Sheikh Raed Salah is a cause for great concern. It is unacceptable that the British government ministers can be influenced heavily by lobby groups on the basis of little more than conflated "evidence" and hearsay, and to such an extent that a senior minister can actually be "misled" and operate under "misapprehension". That was the damning conclusion of the Upper Immigration Tribunal's vice-president who considered Sheikh Salah's appeal against the deportation order. Salah arrived in Britain on June 20, 2011, for a 10-day speaking tour to