THE ASIAN NEWS- Musharraf’s comeback marred by protests

By Majed Iqbal- Nearly 2,000 people packed into Manchester’s Sheridan Suite over the weekend where former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf launched his new political party despite protests inside and outside the building.The Manchester launch followed ones in London and Birmingham where Musharraf announced his comeback with the All Pakistan Muslim League to restore a ‘troubled Pakistan.’ After a musical start with […]

Rock n Roll Jihad- The answer to ‘Radicalisation’?- An Interview with Junoon’s Salman Ahmad

By Majed Iqbal- Debates raging around extremism and radicalisation have actively been discussed in the last years in government circles, by Politicians, ‘expert’ think tanks and the media. Adding to this list comes forth Salman Ahmad, dubbed as South East Asia’s version of Bono and a Global citizen working for peace. Salman Ahmad is Pakistan’s leading […]

THE ASIAN NEWS- Manchester Elections Debate explores Political path for Muslim community

By Majed Iqbal- On Sunday night over a hundred people from the Manchester Muslim community attended a panel debate where participants looked into the upcoming elections. The audience were given a lively and vibrant debate where panelists shed light on the much discussed topic of the role of the Muslim community in the upcoming elections. Prior […]

ASIAN NEWS- Documentary will look at how Muslims view the election

A Rochdale blogger wants to hear your views on the up-coming general elections. Community activist Majed Iqbal wants to know how the local Muslim community views the current elections for his documentary, To Vote or Not to Vote. It will give people the chance to talk about how they feel about voting, the political parties […]

The Asian News- Pakistani Sheikh issues fatwa for British Govt

  By Majed Iqbal- Pakistani Cleric Sheikh ul- Islam Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, has issued a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing. His 600-page judgement, known as a fatwa, aims at completely dismantling al-Qaeda’s violent ideology. The scholar developed his Fatwa last year as a response to the increase in bombings across Pakistan by militants. It has now been […]

ASIAN NEWS ARTICLE- Manchester and Bradford residents protest against American presence in Pakistan

 Excerpts of article published on the Asian News By Majed Iqbal- In light of the deteriorating situation in Pakistan, local residents gathered to protest in Manchester and Bradford, sending a strong condemnation to Pakistan’s government for allowing America to operate as a state within a state with immunity in Pakistan. The protests, organised by the Islamic Political Party […]

ASIAN NEWS ARTICLE- Muslim Communities in the North Reject Government PVE strategy

 Pubished on the Asian News Website- By Majed Iqbal- A report released last week by think-tank the New Local Government Network (NLGN) has criticised the flagship £70 million Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) programme launched by the government two years back because it alienates Muslims. Community groups across the North West and Yorkshire have refused to join […]

ASIAN NEWS ARTICLE- MP declares Muslim segregated weddings as signs of ‘Intolerance’

Published on the Asian News Website By Majed Iqbal- A government minister last week joined the list of Politicians in raising, once again, allegations that Muslims lead ‘segregated’ lives. Following a similar line of discussion to his colleague, Jack Straw who raised similar comments on women in Blackburn attending his surgery with Niqaabs and dubbed it […]

ASIAN NEWS ARTICLE- Manchester Muslim Women gather to discuss challenges in Britain today

 By Majed Iqbal-Over 150 women attended a seminar on Saturday 20th June in Manchester , Longsight, organised by the women chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir that addressed the various challenges Muslim women are currently facing in Britain today . The seminar titled “Muslim Women in Today’s Britain- The Challenges and the Solutions” aimed to tackle the pressing […]

North West Women’s conference addresses the future of Gaza

    By Majed Iqbal- While international pressure seems to have produced a ceasefire in Gaza, feelings of outrage have not dissipated easily left by the international silence by leading powers whilst the aggression was taking place in Gaza. Bitter taste can be felt resounding in many countries and seemed no different for the Muslim community in the […]