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Issue 306 – Friday 31st October 2014

No radicalisation or violent extremism in schools, says Education Secretary

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has watered down the findings of former national head of counter terrorism’s investigation into extremism at Birmingham schools as a “spectrum of behaviours.”

Issue 306 – Friday 31st October 2014

Australia’s PM urged to speak out against attacks on Muslims

Australia’s Muslim leaders have slammed their Prime Minister’s silence on the series Islamophobic attacks sweeping the country following the recent anti-terrorism raids. Community leaders have said they are deeply worried that the provocative rhetoric by Tony Abbott and other ministers is fueling attacks against Muslims in Australia.


  • Time overdue to recognise Palestine

    It was to be expected. This month’s overwhelming historic vote that the British Government should recognise Palestine as a state proved to be only symbolic. Such is the magniloquent democratic nature of Parliament. MPs are allowed to discuss and express concern about Government policy but only in a non-mandatory way without bringing our ministers to account.

  • Imposing authoritarian views

    There has been no shortage of Muslims and Islamic groups condemning the barbarism and despicable inhumane killings of ISILas it continues to ravish vast swathes of land in Iraq and Syria. It has even led to a “Muslim Apologies” Twitter trend resembling a parody of the earlier #NotInMyName campaign against the apparition of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State.”

  • More needed to repair damage from Trojan Horse fall-out

    Whatever rights there may have been about the so-called Trojan Horse affair - and it is questionable if there were any - there were many wrongs to be learned. The worst is the incalculable damage caused to the education of Muslim pupils in Birmingham and to community cohesion by the Government’s sledgehammer and knee-jerk reaction to what has proved to be little more than a myth of uncorroborated smears against successful deprived inner city schools.

Home News

  • MPs vote to recognise Palestine as a state

    An historic motion recognising the state of Palestine was passed in the House of Commons on October 13, with 274 votes in favour and 12 against. The vote had the second biggest turnout for a backbench vote ever.

  • Rabbi’s car smashed and torched after condemning Gaza attack

    A Manchester-based Rabbi who has spoken out against Israel’s attack on Gaza told <em>The Muslim News </em>he was targeted for the third time in the space of three months by pro-Israel supporters, who this time smashed his new car outside his home in Salford.

  • Celebrating Eid with politicians

    Cameron praises contribution of Muslims at Eid event

    Eid, message of generosity and compassion

    Remembering less fortunate than ourselves during Eid

World News

  • Pakistan in deadlock

    A stampede killed seven people and injured 42 in Maltan, Pakistan, during an anti-Government rally on October 10.

  • Israel used manipulated 2009 video to prove Hamas fired from a Gaza hospital

    Israel presented the world’s media with an extremely manipulated 2009 video to prove Hamas fighters fired missiles from a hospital during the latest assault on Gaza, according to an exposé by a US-based NGO.

  • Evidence found of Israeli incitement to genocide

    On September 25 the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a group of international legal campaigners, presented its findings to the European Parliament, which included evidence of an incitement to genocide from legislators and government ministers during Israel’s latest offensive Operation Protective Edge.

  • Muslim activist sentenced to life in China

    Muslim activist sentenced to life in China

    Ilham Tohti had been one of the few who was outspoken in his criticism of the Government’s repressive policies in Xinjiang, the northwest region of China, the inhabitants of which are overwhelmingly Muslim. Such policies, he argued, were doing more harm than good, generating violent resistance among the native Muslim Uyghurs.

Islamophobia & Discrimination

  • Qatari basketball team quit Asian Games over hijab ban

    Qatar have pulled out of the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games in South Korea after refusing to abide by rules by the International Basketball Federation preventing them from wearing hijabs.

  • US Football League admits mistake in penalizing Abdullah for religious celebration

    American NFL player Husain Abdullah should not have been penalised when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception the National Football League (NFL) ruled on September 30.

  • Pig’s head dumped outside Athens’ Islamic centre

    Pig’s head dumped outside Athens’ Islamic centre

    A pig’s head was dumped outside an Islamic studies centre in Athens, in a predawn Islamophobic attack on October 17. Vandals spray-painted a crucifix on the door, splashed blue paint on the walls and an anti-Muslim slogan on the pavement outside the Arab-Hellenic Centre, which also functions as a Muslim prayer centre, in the district of Moshato.

  • French Minister to sue over fake Arabic memo

    France’s newly appointed Education Minister announced on September 8 that she will be taking legal action over identity fraud after a fake letter advising French towns to offer a weekly Arabic language class in primary schools circulated on the Internet in her name.

  • Attack on mosque was a joke

    Ellesmere Port mosque in Chester was subjected to a hateful attack by intoxicated perpetrator, Martin Peter Sallis. His controversial behaviour is said to be influenced and learnt through “school exercises” and “recent TV shows”. Meanwhile, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee approved plans for the mosque on September 3.

  • Brief Islamophobia

    Man charged over mosque attack following CCTV appeal
    Race hate crime up in South Wales
    Vandals target Muslim graves in Chadderton Cemetery

Regular Columns



  • Over 400,000 strong pushing for concrete action on climate change

    Over 400,000 strong pushing for concrete action on climate change

    Last month, the largest Climate march in history took place. The People’s Climate March coincided with the UN Climate Summit in New York during the weekend of September 2. Over 400,000 marchers demanded that politicians take concrete action on climate change. What set this march apart from others was not simply its sheer scale, but the fact that it embraced all social and environmental justice movements in an attempt to shed light on their interconnectedness.

Health and Science

  • International Day of the Girl, ending cycle of violence

    International Day of the Girl, ending cycle of violence

    It may be tempting to think that in the 21st century girls rights are more on a par with their male counterparts, but unfortunately the statistics make for grim reading. Millions of girls throughout the world don’t attend school, denying them the benefit of even a most basic education leaves them dependent on others, vulnerable and consigned to a life of poverty.



  • LETTER: Israel and ISIS

    Israel accuses the Palestinians of [using human shields] to justify their murder of over 500 children and yet this is what they are doing.

  • LETTER: Terrorism, Muslim-Christian coexistence

    There’s much talk about “Islamic” terrorism, the “Trojan Horse” schools and arrests of alleged terrorists. This is utterly non-sense.

  • LETTER: The considered opinion of Sunni Islam

    It should be more widely known that 126 Muslim leaders and scholars, on September 9, sent an open letter to Dr Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, known as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the declared Caliph of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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