Casey pulls no punches but will anything change?

Casey pulls no punches but will anything change?

By Iram Ramzan This is a cross-post from Integration Hub   A much-awaited report which contains no big surprises received reactions that were entirely predictable. From segregation and misogyny, to the child grooming gangs and Sharia councils, Dame Louise Casey’s lengthy, evidence-based report pulls no punches. Towns and cities with high Muslim populations, such as Oldham, Rochdale, Blackburn and Bradford are mentioned as places of concern. Some of them are areas with large numbers of people who came from Pakistani-administered Kashmir, particularly the rural region of Mirpur. They came to the former…

Britain Should Ban the Burqa

Britain Should Ban the Burqa

By Shazia Hobbs   Life today for Muslim women in the UK is completely different to when I was growing up. You know you are getting old when you start referring to the past as ‘the good old days’. But life in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 70s and 80s for Muslim women was actually really good. Yes, there was racism, but other communities had to put up with that too. The Muslim community doesn’t have a monopoly on victim status. It was frightening to have our windows smashed by young white men who were not pleased we had moved…

Demands of persecuting community leaders must be taken seriously

Demands of persecuting community leaders must be taken seriously

  By Mo Dawah I would like to thank the editors of Sedaa for giving in to my mostly peaceful demands that they allow me the opportunity to write for their racist and Islamophobic website. I write in order to correct the false impressions they propagate, which happen to coincide with the truth on certain tender issues. The message I bring is that the truth may obscure what is convenient for us to think and so must be treated with caution. The golden rule of a peaceful society in which community leaders…

What do British Muslims really think?

What do British Muslims really think?

By Iram Ramzan   This was the week when British Muslims became experts in research methodology. Trevor Phillips, who led the Equality and Human Rights Commission, presented the Channel 4 show What British Muslims Really Think on Wednesday night, which was based on an ICM survey — and it has created quite a debate. The ICM surveyed 1,000 Muslims face-to-face and found that: One in 25 Muslims (four per cent) said they felt at least some sympathy with people who took part in suicide bombings, while a similar proportion said…

Why multiculturalism has failed

Why multiculturalism has failed

By Shazia Hobbs Multiculturalism has spectacularly failed in the town of Rotherham. For the past thirty years, those in charge of safeguarding children and young people have let them down in ways we cannot even comprehend. Some are saying this systematic rape of young, vulnerable white girls, goes back to the 70s. Such is the scale of the abuse, you wonder if it has been happening since the Pakistani men first arrived in the UK to make a better life for themselves and their families. As the daughter of a…