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Time shifts – The UK is on British Summer Time

It’s that time again In the early hours of Sunday 27th March 2016 the clocks went forward an hour as the UK converted to ‘British Summer Time’. This means that the evening will have more daylight, and the mornings less. This change is done in part due to a European directive that all European countries must implement a common [...]

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UK Mosques could be designed without minarets

John Bingham in The Telegraph: Mosques in the UK could be designed without minarets to look like “quintessentially English” places of worship, the former Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi has suggested. Lady Warsi, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet, is urging architects and designers to come up with a new model for [...]

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UK President condemns Paris attack

It is reported that gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. Although the actions of the magazine cartoonists and [...]

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Hazrat Ameer to address the UK Parliament

We are pleased to announce that the Ameer of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Association for the Propagation of Islam based in Lahore, Pakistan is in the UK as part of his tour of the Western countries. He will address members of the House of Commons and Lords as part of his UK tour. He has already addressed large gathering in Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, [...]

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UK President condemns attack on synagogue

It is reported today 18th November 2014 that two men armed with axes, knives and a pistol have killed four Israelis and wounded several others in a Jerusalem synagogue where those attacked had gathered for worship and prayer. We strongly condemn all such attacks on innocent people and on a place of worship. Such attacks are against not just [...]

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Ethnic diversity in Germany and the UK

In an interesting speech Aisha describes the differences between her school in England and that of her German exchange student friend. Whilst the UK embraces (despite UKIP et al) diversity and encourages us all to learn about different cultures some in Germany have never even heard of Eid of Diwali, two things celebrated by billions of people [...]

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Halal food testing kit might launch in the UK

Halal food in the UK has recently been a touchy subject, from news that some chicken sold as halal actually contained pork to the national media sensationalising reports that the UK public are being stealthily fed halal and kosher meat. Now a start up company in France has launched a new food testing kit which will allow the general public [...]

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Presumed Guilty

Remember the Birmingham Six, the Maguire Seven, the Guildford Four and Judith Ward? Behind the campaigning numbers were 18 innocent people who collectively spent scores of years in British jails after being falsely convicted of terrorism offences. Their sin was to be Irish (or, in Ward’s case, to have spent time in Ireland) during that [...]

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Muslims in the UK armed forces

Imam Asim Hafiz is not surprised that more and more Muslims are joining the British military. He is in no doubt, either, that British Muslims can be good soldiers?. That is not because Mr Hafiz was the first Muslim chaplain for the Armed Forces when he was appointed in 2005. Nor is it because he is now an Islamic adviser to the MoD. Rather, [...]

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The murder of Lee Rigby

The UK was shocked by the video footage which emerged of two men who had killed and then tried to dismember a man in Woolwich last year. During the attack and then later in court one of the men, Michael Adebolajo, a convert to Islam, tried to claim that he was compelled by Allah and the teachings from the Holy Quran to commit this act of murder. [...]

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