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Setting the Record Straight – Scandals & Propaganda in 2016

Scroll down to see a timeline of some examples of the media and/or state propaganda last year and Islam21c’s attempt at setting the record straight

“The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfil this role requires systematic propaganda.”[1]

—Noam Chomsky

Among the many blessings that Islam21c is thankful to Allah for, is that it is in the eyes of many a platform for setting the record straight when it comes to scandals concerning prominent Muslims or Islam in the media. The last year in particular has seen a slew of malicious attacks—both coordinated and apparently spontaneous—by some hell-bent on demonising prominent Muslims or grassroots Muslim organising.

Orchestrated attacks

In one fateful weekend alone in January there were over 20 attacks against a number of mainstream Muslim scholars, personalities and organisations. This was a clearly orchestrated attack across several right wing newspapers, which Z A Rahman used to remind us of the ancient propaganda of the Quraysh.[2] It turned out that the coordinated attack was a poor attempt to make something out of the Daily Mail’s four-month investigation into “extremism in Britain,” a witch-hunt trying to stem the tidal wave of opposition to the government’s now toxic counter “extremism” policy, PREVENT, which Ahmed Ali wrote a detailed breakdown of.[3]

jihadis under bed

Response to Ch 4’s “Jihadis Next Door”

Later on that month Channel 4 appeared to try to revive the then-dying (now dead) conveyor belt theory connecting ‘extreme’ beliefs to “terrorism”, in a sensationalist “documentary” Jihadis Next Door. The morning after it was aired Dr Salman Butt summarised why this theory—and the propaganda and policy that flowed from it—was not only empirically flawed but counterproductive.[4] He even posted the controversial question:

Is radicalisation even real?

Are Muslims more than proportionately represented when it comes to political violence? Are there swathes of Muslims running off and joining ISIS? Or have we internalised the same few cherry-picked examples periodically plastered over the front pages of tabloids to support a racist stereotype? I would go so far as to say that we are underrepresented when it comes to our fair share of psychopaths and sociopaths that are prone to such extreme anti-social behaviour.

Psychologists estimate that 1% of the general population is clinically a psychopath,[5] whilst around 4% are sociopaths.[6] If there are three million Muslims in the UK that means we would expect—if we were represented proportionately—120,000 Muslims in the UK to be “completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others,” who “selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret”,[7] according to Professor Robert Hare from the University of British Columbia, a leading expert on sociopaths and psychopaths.[8]

We do not know the number of British Muslims that have gone off to fight for ISIS as this remains a convenient secret held by the state. First we were told tens of thousands of foreign fighters joined ISIS, then the official number became 3000, then 1500, and currently the number stands at 700 who have gone to Syria (note, not necessarily joining ISIS). Whatever the number—and though even one person would be too many—we really must question whether we are giving it the statistical significance it deserves, and whether we should allow any sane, moral adult to get away with spinning it into some kind of underground conspiracy of Muslims being institutionally radicalised en masse.

Are non-Muslims being radicalised?

Shaikh Dr Haitham al-Haddad then posed a similarly thought-provoking question, “Are non-Muslims being radicalised?” looking at responses to Tajikistan taking headscarves off of 1,700 women and shaving 13,000 men’s beards, and the positive attention this story received in western media outlets.[9] Media propaganda in the UK was also challenged when Abdullah Thomson revealed some inconvenient statistics about sexual grooming in Rotherham, painting a very different picture to the panic and hysteria-mongers that tried to spin it as a “Asian” or “Muslim” phenomenon.[10]

rotherham stats2

Rotherham Grooming: Inconvenient Facts EXPOSED

Over the last year our brothers and sisters from the Deobandi tradition were also subjected to an unprecedented onslaught of both government and media propaganda and misrepresentation of their beliefs and practises. Mukhtar Master spearheaded series of articles debunking the stereotypes and misinformation presented against “Deobandi Islam”.[11] This coincided with Trevor Phillips’ infamous documentary and survey into “What British Muslims really think”, which Islam21c’s Editor, Ayshah Syed, subjected to a linguistic and cinematic analysis revealing its “propaganda genius”.[12]

Demonising Prominent Muslims

Among the prominent Muslims that were subjected to attempted demonisation last year was Ustadh Ali Hammuda, on whom the Daily did a horrendous hatchet job on. We were honoured to host his official public response, “No, Daily Mail, you CAN’T have sex slaves,[13] where he highlighted the utter nonsense and audacity of demonising a Muslim speaker for essentially reading from Imam al-Nawawi’s ubiquitous forty hadith compilation!

Additionally a prominent Hindu scholar from India also revealed some of the nuance and politics of the demonisation of Dr Zakir Naik last year, as part of a broader Islamophobic campaign there to stem the immense amount of truth being disseminated by his organisation all over the world.[14]

zakir naik

The politics of demonising Dr Zakir Naik

Another prominent Muslim who was smeared last year was Shaikh Sulaiman Gani who was smeared by the Prime Minister David Cameron himself![15] As part of Zac Goldsmith’s abhorrent campaign for London Mayor, Cameron accused Sh Gani of supporting “Islamic State.” We then published a joint statement by Imams defending him and calling for David Cameron to apologise,[16] which—by the Grace of Allah and a coherent community effort—led to an apology being issued in Parliament by Cameron, who said what he meant was that Sh Gani supported “an” Islamic state. Journalist Dilly Hussain then asked, Is David Cameron OK with “an” Islamic State then?[17]

As el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz rahimahullah (formerly known as Malcolm X) once remarked about the media,

“They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

If the last few years have shown us anything, it is that the traditional model of the western media as in the service of oppressive power, is undergoing unprecedented change due to advances in the internet and communications technology. Although these do not come without their own problems, all of us are both honoured and expected to play our respective parts in the promotion of the truth and facts going into the future. As long as there are those who provoke fear and paranoia regarding orthodox Islam and Muslims, in order to keep society in a state of disempowerment and distraction, there will—God willing—always be people to provide a counter voice to empower those willing to listen and learn.

Scroll down to see a timeline of some examples of the media and/or state propaganda last year and Islam21c’s attempt at setting the record straight

2016
January 11, 2016

The Right-Wing Press: Heirs to the Journalism of Ancient Quraish

Just this weekend, we have seen more than 20 articles, some of which are deserving of front page coverage by the right-wing press. These newspapers appear to have waged an orchestrated and relentless campaign against Muslim dissenters; including Muslim organisations, major and mainstream Muslim scholars, activists and personalities. Selective and out-of-context quoting of Muslims, unfounded .....Read more

January 15, 2016

Daily Mail Propoganda: Smokescreen & Mirrors

Daily Mail Propoganda: Smokescreen & Mirrors The right-wing media schooled us well in propaganda and how to instigate a witch-hunt over the last seven days. The Daily Mail’s “4 month investigation of extremism in Britain” was much to do about nothing. All in all, what comprised of the string of “exposé” articles were repeated lies, .....Read more

January 20, 2016

Response to Ch 4’s “Jihadis Next Door”

Jihadis under your bed Last night’s shocking Channel 4 documentary reminded me of the age-old relationship between opinion-formers and power. From Biblical Pharaohs and Roman Emperors to the modern nation state, there have always been some ideologists in the service of the ruling elite, propagating their necessary myths, eulogising their policies, and demonising their perceived .....Read more

January 28, 2016

Sh Haitham: “Non-Muslims Are Being Radicalised”

In the Name of Allah, Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon his final Messenger Muhammad. Imagine, for a moment, that a Muslim country forced women to wear hijābs or prevented men from shaving their beards. How would western media corporations react? Anyone remotely familiar with our press can almost hear the .....Read more

February 27, 2016

Rotherham Grooming: Inconvenient Facts EXPOSED

Rotherham grooming. We really should have read the Jay Report. This week three brothers were given a 19 to 35 year imprisonment sentence for their abhorrent abuse of vulnerable young girls in Rotherham. A sensitive topic, and one that in no way detracts from the stories of the victims, is concern over the huge damage .....Read more

March 19, 2016

The slander of ‘Deobandi Islām’

Suspicion is forbidden in Islām, however the irony is that under the Government’s Prevent, counter terrorism strategy, all Muslims are themselves under suspicion.  Not even little four year old children at nursery are exempt, as demonstrated by the recent ‘cooker bomb’ incident, which was deemed as a sign of obvious radicalisation.[1] It beggars belief that .....Read more

April 7, 2016

BBC vs. ‘The Deobandis’ – My Response

BBC Radio 4 – The Deobandis (Part 1) – The Response Click here for part 2 I love a good drama. After much hype and social media chatter, I settled down to listen to the first of a two-part series on Radio 4, ‘The Deobandis’.[1] I listened intently and was engrossed from the beginning. In fact, .....Read more

April 14, 2016

The Propaganda Genius of “What British Muslims Really Think”

On Wednesday night Channel 4 documentaries aired “What British Muslims Really Think”. According to the host, Trevor Phillips, it is a unique new survey [which] reveals how British Muslims really think. And I can honestly say it was a treat. There is so much that can be said about this thinly veiled call to arms against .....Read more

April 19, 2016

BBC vs. ‘The Deobandis’ – Round 2

You’re Having A Laugh Click here for part 1 It was with baited breath and eager anticipation that I awaited the main course of a two-part BBC Radio 4 programme entitled the ‘The Deobandis’.[1] Last week’s starter was not at all appetising to the 600,000 so-called ‘Deobandis’ in the UK.[2] In fact, based on reviews since the programme has .....Read more

April 20, 2016

A Battle for the Souls of our Children

O my fellow people of Britain, lend me your ears. There is a secret army of 640,000 plus strong amassing its ranks against you. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before having infiltrated every walk of life. An army made of doctors, lawyers, civil servants, postal workers, teachers, hairdressers and engineers all supporting .....Read more

April 21, 2016

David Cameron Caught Smearing Sh Suliman Gani

How a south London Imām found himself at the centre of British politics The last few days have seen a turn for the worse in the Tory campaign for London Mayor. The unsavoury tactics started quite early on when Zac Goldsmith’s campaign team started a slew of guilty-by-association arguments against Labour’s Sadiq Khan. They combed .....Read more

April 22, 2016

Muslim leaders’ statement defending Sh Sulaiman Gani

Editors Note; If you are an Imam or Scholar and would like to add your name to the statement of support please leave a comment below All praises be to Allāh and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. On Wednesday 20th April 2016, the British Prime Minister stood .....Read more

April 29, 2016

The London Mayoral Elections

It is easy to forget with the domination of the EU referendum in current political debate that there are a number of elections that will take place in May, ahead of the plebiscite in June, which are no less important or interesting. It is perhaps something readers here would much rather forget given the disparaging .....Read more

May 2, 2016

London Mayor Election – The BIG Discussion

Click above to watch part 1 & 2 of  ‘London Mayor Election – the muslim vote’ | The BIG Discussion.   More BIG Discussions coming soon The Challenge of Radicalisation…but is it real? Panelists include Asim Qureshi, Dr Rizwan Sabir & Sh Haitham al Haddad Economic Destruction: Are Muslims part of the problem or Solution? Panelists include .....Read more

May 5, 2016

Podcast – London Mayoral Vote Today

To Listen to the Podcast click play in the player above For those who are yet to vote, not sure whether they want to or are sitting on the fence undecided on who to choose here is a short Podcast interview that may help. Join Dr Salman Butt in conversation with Azad Ali, Sh Haitham al-Haddad .....Read more

May 10, 2016

Londoners Reject the Politics of Racism & Fear

Since London woke up to confirmation of a resounding win for Labour’s Sadiq Khan in the Mayoral Elections, another campaign of blame apportioning in the Conservative Party seems to be underway. The “blame game” for the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith’s defeat began before the final vote count at London’s City Hall had even been announced. .....Read more

May 12, 2016

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

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.[1] Downing Street’s Press Office later clarified that Mr Cameron really meant Imām Ghani supported “an” Islamic state.[2] The basis of this claim, Downing Street argued, was the ‘Quiz a .....Read more

July 25, 2016

The Politics of Demonising Dr Zakir Naik

Hindu scholar from India speaks out against the Islamophobic campaign against Dr Zakir Naik Ever since a Bangladeshi newspaper reported that Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik “inspired” Dhaka militants, a new frenzy of Islamophobic discourse has begun in India. The Modi Government was quick to grab this opportunity of Muslim-bashing. Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that .....Read more

July 28, 2016

Why are we talking about Fireman Sam?

Wrapped in velvet, placed on the highest shelf, perfumed and honoured, the Qur’an has a special place in every Muslim’s heart. The Qur’an is the uncreated speech of the Lord of the Worlds, the Lord and Master of Mankind, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth. Once this is appreciated it will cause an earthquake .....Read more

July 31, 2016

No, Daily Mail, you CAN’T have sex slaves – Ali Hammuda’s response

Bismillah, wal-hamdu lillah, wa al-salatu wa al-salamu ‘ala rasulillah All media outlets are not the same – the Daily Mail is a special kind of ignorant Two years ago a spy was caught going around our mosque in Wales. He had been filming secretly, harassing young boys with very personal questions and scaring them, and he .....Read more

October 14, 2016

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

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 .....Read more

October 30, 2016

Imam Shakeel v The BBC: Time for the community to wake up

Imam Shakeel Begg of Lewisham Mosque, London, recently lost his case for libel against the BBC. Firstly, I would like to say that I wish to express my support for Imam Shakeel. He is a model imam who works diligently for his community in keeping with his Islamic principles. He has done excellent work in .....Read more

November 3, 2016

Reckless Reporting of UNESCO Resolution on Al-Aqsa

UNESCO Resolution on Temple Mount: Alleged Denial of ‘Jewish Links’- Only a Media Spin!  The UNESCO Resolution on “Occupied Palestine” was endorsed recently by its Executive Board which comprised of representatives from 58 states. It was approved by 24 votes to 6, with 26 abstentions and two absentees. And, already, it has raised a hornet’s .....Read more

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.

[2] https://www.islam21c.com/islamic-thought/the-right-wing-press-heirs-to-the-journalism-of-ancient-quraish/

[3] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/daily-mail-propoganda-smokescreen-mirrors/

[4] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/response-to-ch-4s-jihadis-next-door/

[5] http://www.livescience.com/7859-psychopath-answers-remain-elusive.html

[6] http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/11/spotting_a_sociopath.html

[7] Ibid.,

[8] http://www.hare.org/

[9] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/sh-haitham-non-muslims-are-being-radicalised/

[10] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/europe/uk/rotherham-grooming-inconvenient-facts-exposed/

[11] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/the-slander-of-deobandi-islam/

https://www.islam21c.com/politics/my-response-to-bbc-vs-the-deobandis/

https://www.islam21c.com/politics/bbc-vs-the-deobandis-round-2/

[12] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/the-propaganda-genius-of-what-british-muslims-really-think/

[13] https://www.islam21c.com/islamic-law/no-daily-mail-you-cant-have-sex-slaves-ali-hammudas-response/

[14] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/the-politics-of-demonising-dr-zakir-naik/

[15] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/david-cameron-caught-smearing-sh-suliman-gani/

[16] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/muslim-leaders-statement-defending-sh-suliman-gani/

[17] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/is-david-cameron-ok-with-an-islamic-state-then/

2016
January 11, 2016

The Right-Wing Press: Heirs to the Journalism of Ancient Quraish

Just this weekend, we have seen more than 20 articles, some of which are deserving of front page coverage by the right-wing press. These newspapers appear to have waged an orchestrated and relentless campaign against Muslim dissenters; including Muslim organisations, major and mainstream Muslim scholars, activists and personalities. Selective and out-of-context quoting of Muslims, unfounded .....Read more

January 15, 2016

Daily Mail Propoganda: Smokescreen & Mirrors

Daily Mail Propoganda: Smokescreen & Mirrors The right-wing media schooled us well in propaganda and how to instigate a witch-hunt over the last seven days. The Daily Mail’s “4 month investigation of extremism in Britain” was much to do about nothing. All in all, what comprised of the string of “exposé” articles were repeated lies, .....Read more

January 20, 2016

Response to Ch 4’s “Jihadis Next Door”

Jihadis under your bed Last night’s shocking Channel 4 documentary reminded me of the age-old relationship between opinion-formers and power. From Biblical Pharaohs and Roman Emperors to the modern nation state, there have always been some ideologists in the service of the ruling elite, propagating their necessary myths, eulogising their policies, and demonising their perceived .....Read more

January 28, 2016

Sh Haitham: “Non-Muslims Are Being Radicalised”

In the Name of Allah, Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon his final Messenger Muhammad. Imagine, for a moment, that a Muslim country forced women to wear hijābs or prevented men from shaving their beards. How would western media corporations react? Anyone remotely familiar with our press can almost hear the .....Read more

February 27, 2016

Rotherham Grooming: Inconvenient Facts EXPOSED

Rotherham grooming. We really should have read the Jay Report. This week three brothers were given a 19 to 35 year imprisonment sentence for their abhorrent abuse of vulnerable young girls in Rotherham. A sensitive topic, and one that in no way detracts from the stories of the victims, is concern over the huge damage .....Read more

March 19, 2016

The slander of ‘Deobandi Islām’

Suspicion is forbidden in Islām, however the irony is that under the Government’s Prevent, counter terrorism strategy, all Muslims are themselves under suspicion.  Not even little four year old children at nursery are exempt, as demonstrated by the recent ‘cooker bomb’ incident, which was deemed as a sign of obvious radicalisation.[1] It beggars belief that .....Read more

April 7, 2016

BBC vs. ‘The Deobandis’ – My Response

BBC Radio 4 – The Deobandis (Part 1) – The Response Click here for part 2 I love a good drama. After much hype and social media chatter, I settled down to listen to the first of a two-part series on Radio 4, ‘The Deobandis’.[1] I listened intently and was engrossed from the beginning. In fact, .....Read more

April 14, 2016

The Propaganda Genius of “What British Muslims Really Think”

On Wednesday night Channel 4 documentaries aired “What British Muslims Really Think”. According to the host, Trevor Phillips, it is a unique new survey [which] reveals how British Muslims really think. And I can honestly say it was a treat. There is so much that can be said about this thinly veiled call to arms against .....Read more

April 19, 2016

BBC vs. ‘The Deobandis’ – Round 2

You’re Having A Laugh Click here for part 1 It was with baited breath and eager anticipation that I awaited the main course of a two-part BBC Radio 4 programme entitled the ‘The Deobandis’.[1] Last week’s starter was not at all appetising to the 600,000 so-called ‘Deobandis’ in the UK.[2] In fact, based on reviews since the programme has .....Read more

April 20, 2016

A Battle for the Souls of our Children

O my fellow people of Britain, lend me your ears. There is a secret army of 640,000 plus strong amassing its ranks against you. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before having infiltrated every walk of life. An army made of doctors, lawyers, civil servants, postal workers, teachers, hairdressers and engineers all supporting .....Read more

April 21, 2016

David Cameron Caught Smearing Sh Suliman Gani

How a south London Imām found himself at the centre of British politics The last few days have seen a turn for the worse in the Tory campaign for London Mayor. The unsavoury tactics started quite early on when Zac Goldsmith’s campaign team started a slew of guilty-by-association arguments against Labour’s Sadiq Khan. They combed .....Read more

April 22, 2016

Muslim leaders’ statement defending Sh Sulaiman Gani

Editors Note; If you are an Imam or Scholar and would like to add your name to the statement of support please leave a comment below All praises be to Allāh and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. On Wednesday 20th April 2016, the British Prime Minister stood .....Read more

April 29, 2016

The London Mayoral Elections

It is easy to forget with the domination of the EU referendum in current political debate that there are a number of elections that will take place in May, ahead of the plebiscite in June, which are no less important or interesting. It is perhaps something readers here would much rather forget given the disparaging .....Read more

May 2, 2016

London Mayor Election – The BIG Discussion

Click above to watch part 1 & 2 of  ‘London Mayor Election – the muslim vote’ | The BIG Discussion.   More BIG Discussions coming soon The Challenge of Radicalisation…but is it real? Panelists include Asim Qureshi, Dr Rizwan Sabir & Sh Haitham al Haddad Economic Destruction: Are Muslims part of the problem or Solution? Panelists include .....Read more

May 5, 2016

Podcast – London Mayoral Vote Today

To Listen to the Podcast click play in the player above For those who are yet to vote, not sure whether they want to or are sitting on the fence undecided on who to choose here is a short Podcast interview that may help. Join Dr Salman Butt in conversation with Azad Ali, Sh Haitham al-Haddad .....Read more

May 10, 2016

Londoners Reject the Politics of Racism & Fear

Since London woke up to confirmation of a resounding win for Labour’s Sadiq Khan in the Mayoral Elections, another campaign of blame apportioning in the Conservative Party seems to be underway. The “blame game” for the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith’s defeat began before the final vote count at London’s City Hall had even been announced. .....Read more

May 12, 2016

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

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.[1] Downing Street’s Press Office later clarified that Mr Cameron really meant Imām Ghani supported “an” Islamic state.[2] The basis of this claim, Downing Street argued, was the ‘Quiz a .....Read more

July 25, 2016

The Politics of Demonising Dr Zakir Naik

Hindu scholar from India speaks out against the Islamophobic campaign against Dr Zakir Naik Ever since a Bangladeshi newspaper reported that Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik “inspired” Dhaka militants, a new frenzy of Islamophobic discourse has begun in India. The Modi Government was quick to grab this opportunity of Muslim-bashing. Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that .....Read more

July 28, 2016

Why are we talking about Fireman Sam?

Wrapped in velvet, placed on the highest shelf, perfumed and honoured, the Qur’an has a special place in every Muslim’s heart. The Qur’an is the uncreated speech of the Lord of the Worlds, the Lord and Master of Mankind, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth. Once this is appreciated it will cause an earthquake .....Read more

July 31, 2016

No, Daily Mail, you CAN’T have sex slaves – Ali Hammuda’s response

Bismillah, wal-hamdu lillah, wa al-salatu wa al-salamu ‘ala rasulillah All media outlets are not the same – the Daily Mail is a special kind of ignorant Two years ago a spy was caught going around our mosque in Wales. He had been filming secretly, harassing young boys with very personal questions and scaring them, and he .....Read more

October 14, 2016

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

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 .....Read more

October 30, 2016

Imam Shakeel v The BBC: Time for the community to wake up

Imam Shakeel Begg of Lewisham Mosque, London, recently lost his case for libel against the BBC. Firstly, I would like to say that I wish to express my support for Imam Shakeel. He is a model imam who works diligently for his community in keeping with his Islamic principles. He has done excellent work in .....Read more

November 3, 2016

Reckless Reporting of UNESCO Resolution on Al-Aqsa

UNESCO Resolution on Temple Mount: Alleged Denial of ‘Jewish Links’- Only a Media Spin!  The UNESCO Resolution on “Occupied Palestine” was endorsed recently by its Executive Board which comprised of representatives from 58 states. It was approved by 24 votes to 6, with 26 abstentions and two absentees. And, already, it has raised a hornet’s .....Read more

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