Political Islam: Problem or Solution?

Recent events in Egypt have outraged many who believe in justice, fairness and democracy. The brutality of the current regime in Egypt that killed hundreds of people; the double standards of the western countries, particularly the United States for whom democracy and human rights only apply if other countries follow their agenda; and the extent … Continue reading

Bengali Language Day: Celebrating A Universal Human Right

Today, the 21st February, marks a significant point in the global calendar. Exactly sixty Nine years ago some brave men laid down their lives for Bangladesh (then known as East Pakistan), so that Bangla could be established as a state language. It is a tragic tale with a happy ending as Bangla eventually achieved the … Continue reading

Does Secularism Mean Aggressive Atheism?

Secularism is a concept that separates the state from any religious affiliation claiming that religion can be practiced at individual level without any control of how others should lead their lives. However, no definition of secularism denounces religion and refuses the right of people to practice religion. Western democracies are mostly secular and in principle … Continue reading

Who Speaks Better?

Language is an essential component of an individual’s everyday life. Scholars say that an individual is born with the ‘innate ability’ to speak a language, which Noam Chomsky terms as ‘universal grammar’. We learn our languages through the environment in which we are brought up. There are many types of influences that shape a human … Continue reading

Media Covering Faith: Creating Divisiveness?

Religion is important to most people in the UK according to the last census data. For the first time, in the 2001 Census, an optional religion question was included where an overwhelming 76.8% expressed their allegiance to a religion. However, the majority of the contemporary media representations of faith give a negative picture of religion. … Continue reading

How will Brexit affect British Muslims?

If the initial aftermath of the Brexit referendum is anything to go by then the future of British Muslims is going to be turbulent to say the least. It is obviously a legitimate question to ask how the U.K.’s leaving the European Union will affect three million British Muslims when the population of Muslims in … Continue reading

Does Europe’s right want clash of civilisations?

The alarming rise of right-wing political parties and their electoral successes in an increasingly diverse Europe have led to worries that the Clash of Civilisations theory is likely to become a reality in this part of the world. There are striking similarities in the way all these right-wing parties transitioned from their fringe past into … Continue reading

What has happened to ‘compassionate Britain’?

Attitudes towards refugee children by some sections of the media and some politicians in post-EU referendum Britain have raised concerns about the decline of traditional British compassionate culture. Only a handful of the promised 200 unaccompanied refugee children who have relatives here came to Britain from the refugee camp known as the “jungle” before last … Continue reading