Muslims face job discrimination

The Independent is reporting what many Muslims already know.

Muslim men were up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. And Muslim women were up to 65 per cent less likely to be employed than white Christian counterparts.

Muslims were the most disadvantaged in terms of employment prospects out of 14 ethno-religious groupings in the UK, researchers Dr Nabil Khattab and Professor Ron Johnston found using data from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey of more than half a million people. Skin colour made little difference to the figures.

Dr Nabil Khattab, of Bristol University, said the situation was “likely to stem from placing Muslims collectively at the lowest stratum within the country’s racial or ethno-cultural system due to growing Islamophobia and hostility against them.

The Office of National Statistics has previously reported that 33% of Muslim men leave school in the UK with no qualifications at all. This is despite the fact that the Holy Quran makes the importance of education clear but the alarming thing about this report is that it looks at people with like-for-like qualifications.

I once went to a job interview with a drinks manufacturer and near the end of the interview I was asked to confirm whether I was Muslim or not. On saying yes the interviewer told me that the office had a fun, ‘jokey’ and open minded atmosphere and that he was worried that as a Muslim I would potentially ruin that with my Islamic beliefs.

Was I shocked? Yes, I was stunned into silence and I genuinely think that the interviewer had no idea that what he had said was both grossly offensive and against the law.[1] But whilst Muslims keep churning out uneducated children and society is fed a steady diet of anti-Islamic reporting from the media what can we expect?

[1] If my religion was the reason he would not have offered me the job.

Police face court over refusal to hand over reports on anti-Muslim ‘bias’

Originally written by Vikram Dodd

From The Guardian

Scotland Yard is facing court action next week after refusing to hand over the results of investigations it was ordered to conduct into claims that it used counter-terrorism powers to discriminate against and harass innocent Muslims.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is seeking a high court order against the refusal, which it says amounts to a clear breach of the law.

The IPCC ordered the investigations following complaints from Muslim Britons alleging police discrimination in the use of schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, 2000, which allows stops at airports and ports, even if wrongdoing is not suspected.

Muslims are disproportionately targeted but the police deny they use ethnic or religious profiling. Scotland Yard is the only police force refusing to tell the IPCC the result of its investigation, the watchdog said. Schedule 7 was also used last month to detain, question and search David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has revealed mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency. The Met said it is considering the IPCC’s action. Continue reading

The Ugly Face of Sunnis

“Consider us Pakistanis first and then Hindus,” said a member of the minority community during a press conference organised by 15 NGOs at the Karachi Press Club to condemn the recent killings of three Hindu doctors in Shikarpur.

Representatives of the civil society demanded the arrest of the culprits involved in the murder of the medical professionals. They also demanded an end to the target killing of doctors and injustices against the Hindu community.

Samrina Hashmi of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said that doctors are migrating from the country due to target killings. “During the last year, between eight and ten doctors were killed on the basis of sectarianism and extortion. Meanwhile, doctors from Gulshan-e-Hadeed and Naushero Feroze were kidnapped and later released after payment of ransom.”

In the last six months, around five doctors have been abducted in interior Sindh and were released after paying ransom. Hashmi said the writ of the government had ceased to exist and Sindh, once a province known for religious harmony, is now faced with extremism and violence. She said that the state was not protecting minorities and urged the relevant authorities to take action. Continue reading

‘Ask The VM’: Do women have to wear the veil?

So the hot topic seems to be about the full veil. The fact that some Muslims women cover themselves up from head to toe has offended some European countries so much that they are passing laws to prohibit them being worn in public places! Freedom indeed!

Jason emailed us and one of the things he asked was

Do Muslim women have to wear the full veil? Is it a rule of Islam?

Well Jason The Holy Quran says:

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