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Islam is a Deen

The Holy Quran describes Islam as a deen an Arabic word which is mostly translated into English as “religion”. However, looking into different translations it can be seen that, in different places, it is translated as judgment, recompense, obedience as well as religion. In fact, the word deen stands for more than just religious [...]

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Stop calling them Islamic

This is a terrorist group and not a state,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters last week, according to France 24. “I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats. That logic [...]

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How are Muslims and Islam talked about in the UK press? This is the question linguist Professor Tony McEnery wanted to answer.

His team looked at the usage of the phrase ‘Muslim World’, and Mr McEnery argues that this phrase, which was used 11,000 times in articles discussing Islam written from 1998 to 2009 by the British press, highlights an unsettling trend in the media — using language that characterizes Muslims as violent and unusual — a trend that, as he shows, has a long history and he asks us to change.

We have set the video above to start playing at 2 minutes and 7 seconds, as this is when Professor McEnery begins his speech on the above topic.

Where is the “Muslim World”? A Speech on Media Bias

How are Muslims and Islam talked about in the UK press? This is the question linguist Professor Tony McEnery wanted to answer. His team looked at the usage of the phrase ‘Muslim World’, and Mr McEnery argues that this phrase, which was used 11,000 times in articles discussing Islam written from 1998 to 2009 by the British press, [...]

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[Podcast] Ramadaan is not 30 days

[audio:http://www.virtualmosque.co.uk/audio/Ramadaan_is_not_30_days.mp3] At the end of Ramadaan we seem to forget that the lessons we have learnt during the Ramadaan are not to be forgotten after Eid. These lessons are to be applied by us in our daily lives for the rest of the year. There is no benefit in simply going hungry if we do not improve [...]

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