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A look back at 1439: a year of NewsViews

We’ve always done “news” on Islam21c, but we found increasingly worrying trends develop over the years in the so-called “mainstream” news coverage, especially with the impact of social media and the political earthquakes we’ve witnessed around the world.

Alhamdulillah we were able to expand our editorial team to introduce a news department, and NewsViews was born.

It’s crucially important for Muslims in the 21st century to have truly independent news sources and outlets, driven not by advertising revenues or persuasion architecture to grab people’s short-term attention, but by the divine imperative towards Truth, with our readers’ and society’s long-term benefits and interests at heart.

We have discovered that there is a lot that goes into making news; what you choose to report and why, what broader narratives and stereotypes you are ossifying or dispelling, the list goes on.

There’s so much power there, and it’s about time we took that power back from those who would happily sell society’s long term interests and benefits for a few ad clicks and newspaper sales.

1439 has been the first complete year that NewsViews have been running. Scroll down to see a small selection of some of our NewsViews coverage over the year, and don’t forget to share with others.

2017
September 19, 2017

Success: UK Gov finally suspends aid to Myanmar’s military

Following public pressure, the UK Government has suspended financial aid to the military of Myanmar.....Read More

September 25, 2017

CAGE director Muhammad Rabbani receives hero’s welcome following trial

Alhamdulillāh, he avoided prison but was charged for protecting the confidentiality of a US-torture victim.....Read More

September 27, 2017

Founder of world’s most popular Islamic website Sh Munajjid detained in new Saudi arrest spree

The latest in a string of arrests targeting popular religious and political figures in Saudi Arabia.....Read More

September 29, 2017

China bans Qur’ans and prayer mats

Hand over your Qur'an or risk jail.....Read More

October 3, 2017

Iran sending Afghan child refugees to fight for Assad in Syria

Human Rights Watch report, "several said they were threatened with deportation back to Afghanistan...”..Read More

October 9, 2017

Investigation reveals shocking increase in sexual assault amongst children

Rapes between under-18s rose to an average of one every four hours.....Read More

October 26, 2017

UK terror watchdog clashes with government again on anti-terror laws and “thought-crime”

The UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Max Hill QC has spoken out yet again against the misuse of terrorism legislation for political ends...Read More

November 9, 2017

New Home Office stats highlight “failure” of Prevent

Prevent referral statistics released by the Home Office today may have inadvertently highlighted its "ineffective and counterproductive" nature.....Read More

November 22, 2017

Ratko Mladic the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ finally convicted of war crimes and genocide after two decades

"Indeed, those who have tortured the believing men and believing women and then have not repented will have the punishment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the Burning Fire..."..Read More

November 27, 2017

Islamophobic bigotry and fake news being spread using automated bots, researchers find

An international network of anti-Muslim activists is using automated Twitter applications, fake news and image manipulation to magnify its audience and influence political debate.....Read More

November 29, 2017

War criminal Slobodan Praljak dead after drinking poison in court

The Bosnian Croat war criminal, Slobodan Praljak, was pronounced dead after he was seen intaking some unknown poisonous substance.....Read More

December 10, 2017
December 13, 2017

Shocking levels of UK child poverty revealed

Teachers are having to provide coats, shoes and food to pupils in some of the most deprived areas of the country whilst populist political and media coverage has been concentrating outrage and paranoia towards minority scapegoats.....Read More

December 17, 2017

Dr Zakir Naik cleared by Interpol

Dr Zakir Naik has been vindicated by Interpol in its refusal to issue a Red Notice against him at the request of India’s right-wing, Hindu nationalist government..Read More

2018
January 2, 2018

Toby Young controversially appointed to government’s new universities regulator OfS

Signs might point to neocon cronyism, but is there a ray of hope?..Read More

January 25, 2018

Appointment of new “Extremism” Commissioner prompts widespread amusement and alarm

The internet, mainstream media and even some politicians have reacted with a combination of disbelief and amusement following the government announcement of its choice to head up the newly-formed Commission for Countering Extremism.....Read More

January 29, 2018

New study shows if you leave Islam, “Allah will replace you”

A study has shown that the number of Americans leaving Islam is roughly offset by the number converting to Islam.....Read More

February 7, 2018

Tariq Ramadan in custody whilst French prosecutors criticised over “missed” evidence

The ongoing case of Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been in police custody since 2nd February, may have taken an extraordinary turn following the unveiling of a previously overlooked evidence.....Read More

February 10, 2018

Cheddar Man discovery: was Britain first black?

In what may make uncomfortable reading for Britain First and their ilk, scientists have reportedly discovered that the first Britons were apparently dark-skinned.....Read More

February 13, 2018

69 years since the assassination of Hasan al-Banna

Yesterday marked 69 years since one of the most influential Islamic figures of the 20th century, Hasan al-Banna (rahimahu Allāh), was assassinated by Egyptian secret police.....Read More

February 19, 2018

Oxfam ‘Aid for Sex’ scandal raises questions about the Charity Commission

Was the commission's controversial obsession with Muslim charities a factor that led to overlooking concerns with Oxfam?..Read More

February 27, 2018

Paul Moore appears in court for largely unreported anti-Muslim attack on Zaynab Hussein

“He said he was proud of himself and was doing the country a favour.” But you have probably never heard of it.....Read More

March 6, 2018

United Nations: Yemen war “catastrophic”

The ongoing war in Yemen has left over 22 million people, 85% of the population, in desperate need of aid and facing catastrophic conditions.....Read More

March 8, 2018

State of Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka as Muslims are Targeted

The government of Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency following mob attacks on Muslim homes, businesses and masājid this week. Soldiers and extra police have been deployed for a period of at least 10 days with the hope that the violence will be brought to an end, although early signs are that some .....Read More

March 27, 2018

Good news: undercover “investigations” against Muslims are beyond silly now

Last night's Dispatches "investigation" had many disappointed, who were expecting something needing a serious rebuttal..Read More

April 3, 2018

National Union of Teachers Unanimously Vote Against Ofsted’s Hijāb Stance

The National Union of Teachers (“NUT”), part of the UK’s largest teachers’ union, held their annual conference over the weekend, covering a wide-range of topics from pay scales to Ofsted policy. Amongst the important topics discussed was a unified voice of condemnation of Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Speilman’s instruction to interrogate children as young as .....Read More

April 11, 2018

Afghan Massacre – statement from the Muslim Scholars Association

"This massacre and the targeting of the carriers of the Holy Qur’ān, the Scholars, and the Callers to Islām, come in the context of successive violation against the Muslims..."..Read More

April 25, 2018

Torture on US soil exposed for the first time in shocking CAGE report

The story of Ali al-Marri is in fact an inspiring one considering his relationship with the Qur’ān during prolonged periods of torture and solitary confinement—designed to break people—is what saved his sanity and indeed his life...Read More

May 12, 2018

UK Gov Apologises for role in kidnap & torture after six years of denial

After wasting more than £750,000 of tax-payer money defending itself, the UK Government this week finally admitted their complicity in kidnap and torture, and apologised for their “appalling” treatment..Read More

May 28, 2018

Petitions slamming Israel picking up support

Petitions are calling for restrictions to be imposed on Israel for “violations of human rights and international law”. Whilst Israeli Supreme Court and lawmakers work to give IDF more leeway…..Read More

May 31, 2018

Union of Muslim Scholars: Supporting Palestine duty on all Muslims

Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi: “It is the duty of all Muslims to support the Palestinian people with everything they have been given.”..Read More

June 5, 2018

Inquiry launched into deadly Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell United: "the scale of the tragedy has devastated our lives and our community. What makes it even worse for us is the knowledge that these deaths were completely avoidable."..Read More

June 7, 2018

Israel Parliament votes in favour of apartheid

Knesset Speaker commenting on the idea of equal rights for Arabs & Jews: “This is a preposterous bill that any intelligent individual can see must be blocked immediately”..Read More

June 8, 2018

Muslim who escaped China’s “integration” camp tells his story

“the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”..Read More

June 24, 2018

Erdogan ‘Ottoman slaps’ the opposition with a landslide victory

President Erdoğan wins the 12th election with 52.7% of the presidential votes to become the country's first executive president. His alliance, the People's Alliance obtained 57% of seats in Parliament...Read More

June 28, 2018

Damning report exposes UK torture complicity under Tony Blair

The UK government under Tony Blair has been exposed for involvement in the extraordinary rendition and torture of hundreds of captives since 2001...Read More

July 8, 2018

Shaykh Qaradawi to his imprisoned daughter: A year has passed and I haven’t forgotten you

Shaykh Qaradawi: “If I thought that putting in an appeal to them (the Egyptian authorities) would have worked, I would have done so, but they are completely heartless” ..Read More

July 9, 2018

Boris Johnson resigns as Foreign Secretary amidst Brexit crisis

“They’ll keep going, one by one, until she either junks Chequers or goes.”..Read More

July 15, 2018

Saudi scholar Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali arrested for criticising MBS’ ties with Israel

Sheikh Yasir Qadhi: “But what these rulers forget, while they imprison scholars, shut down religious institutions, open the door to all types of evil, massacre their fellow Muslims of Yemen...is that money and power buys neither the love of mankind nor the real kingdom of the Hereafter."..Read More

July 18, 2018

Sh Murabit al-Hajj passes away after a century of worship

The Muslim Ummah loses two major scholars in the east and west of the Muslim World: Mauritanian Sh Murabit al-Hajj and Chinese Sh Dunig Qawan Abdullah..Read More

July 22, 2018

Children exploited as Undercover Spies in the UK

“This latest revelation amounts to evidence of state-sanctioned child abuse.”..Read More

July 26, 2018

Dr Ali al-Tamimi’s co-defendant released as judge vacates terrorism convictions

Seifullah Chapman, who was serving a 65-year sentence, was sentenced as part of the so-called Virginia “Paintball Jihad” network in 2004 alongside a number of other defendants. The precedent set by this case has possible implications for other prisoners such as Dr Ali al-Tamimi and Masoud Khan who could also potentially be released… ..Read More

August 2, 2018

Ofsted slammed after downgrading nursery for radicalisation fears

Anger over Ofsted decision to downgrade Brighton nursery Little Ducklings over lack of controls to detect radical toddlers in nappies..Read More

August 6, 2018

Turkey hits back over US sanctions

Erdogan: The Turkish nation will not step back because of "threatening rhetoric and silly decisions"..Read More

August 13, 2018

Nagasaki marks 73 years since US atomic bombing

Over a quarter of a million men, women and children were incinerated by the US...Read More

August 19, 2018

Ex-counter-terror chief says UK has not “woken up” to far-right threat

“It’s very significant and growing, and what I’ve seen over the last couple of years is a lack of recognition of that.” ..Read More

August 23, 2018

In Pictures: Muslims celebrate ‘Eid al-Adhā across the world

With 2,371,675 pilgrims performing Hajj this year, Muslims all around the world celebrated ‘Eid al-Adhā - the greatest day in the sight of Allah..Read More

August 25, 2018

Major study: Research concludes alcohol’s benefits far outweighed by its harmful effects

1400 years late: largest and most detailed research concludes that governments should advise people to refrain from alcohol completely ..Read More

September 4, 2018

Millions being spent by arms industry to promote brands in schools

Nearly a quarter of a million have seen the BAE roadshow. BAE states that it spends tens of millions of pounds each year reaching children as young as four...Read More

September 5, 2018

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for scholar Salman al-Ouda

Saudi newspaper Okaz reports that the 61-year old faced 37 charges and has been issued the death penalty by the Saudi General Prosecution..Read More

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