Nabeel Akhtar

12 Articles

Corbyn haters seem happy to be anti-Semitic to prove he is

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To think that an issue as serious as anti-Semitism would be weaponised as is evidenced by the actions of Corbyn's critics and opponents is deplorable to say the least

Why I won’t fear so-called “Punish a Muslim Day”

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My six-year-old sister asked me “What are you doing tomorrow?” I replied, “What I always do.” “So, you are going to go outside?” “Yes... why?”

Social media giants “delete evidence of war crimes” jeopardising prosecution

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"By deleting years old opposition channels YouTube is doing more damage to Syrian history than ISIS could ever hope to achieve..."

London Attack – opportunism at its worst

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Rolling “mainstream” media coverage has been doing its part to strike fear into the people of London since a crazed man ran over pedestrians in Westminster before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament this afternoon. The Met Police confirmed four people dead—including the assailant—and 20 injured. Despite only this very little information, almost all of the news outlets have successfully labelled this a “terror attack”. Sky News’ voiceover ominously took it to the extent of a “terror attack at the heart of British political life.” All that is known about the assailant is that he appears to be

Common Sense Prevails: MPs agree with Sh Haitham on ‘Political Islam’

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In September this year, newly elected Chairman of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), Crispin Blunt, ordered an inquiry into the Government’s handling of Political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood. To the chagrin of many in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), the results of the enquiry­—published in November—were damning as a 2015 report into the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) by the FCO, was slammed as being biased, unprofessional in data collection methodology and a failure on many grounds; a sentiment echoed by a small handful of honest journalists. In response to the 2015 Muslim Brotherhood report, our own Sheikh (Dr)

IERA vindicated after three-year long investigation by Charity Commission?

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On Friday 4 November 2016 the Charity Commission published its concluding report into the statutory investigation into the Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA). This investigation began in 2013 as a result of many malicious allegations against iERA from Islamophobic organisations, thinktanks and journalists, which appear now to have been baseless. The Commission states in its report, “On 15 March 2013 the Commission opened an assessment case into the charity following a number of adverse media articles regarding an event organised by the charity in March 2013.” IERA Press Release The organisations responsible for such “adverse media articles” were the

ITV’s “Ex-Muslim” Documentary – a missed opportunity

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I have always keenly examined the psychology of the ‘Ex-Muslim’ phenomenon so I was intrigued to hear of ITV’s documentary on ‘Ex-Muslims’ on Thursday night. However, within minutes I soon disappointingly realised that it was a missed opportunity for a meaningful, nuanced treatment of the topic, and instead a very worrying presentation of carefully decontextualised events and slogans relieved of their subtlety and nuance. The reason I have been keen to research so-called ‘Ex-Muslim’ iconography and rhetoric is that, at the core of it, it could be partly our failure as a community to effectively deal with a plethora of

Memoirs from the Forgotten Masjid

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Masjid al-Aqsa. The first Qiblah for the Muslim Ummah, the second Masjid built on earth, and the only place on earth where all the Messengers of Allāh (ʿalayhim al-Salām) prayed together, led by our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). This most sacred of Islamic sites has, over the recent past, become in great danger of being brought to dust by those who have illegally seized control of this most blessed land. As a result of the reputation that this brutal and bloodthirsty regime has created for itself, the number of Muslims that visit this beautiful and historical

What is al-Aqsa?

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سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آَيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to al-Aqsa Mosque A beautiful verse from Sūrat Al-Isrā where Allāh the Almighty makes a link between Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca and Masjidul Aqsa in Palestine. The former, by the grace of Allāh, is attended and revered but as for the latter, it is neglected and is under genuine threat of demolition at the hands of the Israeli occupiers who seek to

How the West was won: An analysis of the Gay Rights Movement Part 2

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Related Articles Scrutinise the Gay Marriage Bill Proposed Gay Marriage Bill & Muslim Silence Have Muslim MP's Denounced Islam by Voting for Gay Marriage Bill? Forming the Single-Gender Society How the West was won: An analysis of the Gay Rights Movement Part 1 Queer and Everywhere The past two decades have seen wave after wave of the gay movement’s visibility and‘victories’ in many forms. Perhaps ‘revolution’ is more apt when describing this change in attitudesrather than ‘movement’. There has not been just one method or medium of acquiring rights, instead the movement is like the hydra-headed snake; each head achieving the