COMMENT- Government Fanaticism to cure ‘Extremism’ in Madrassas?

By Majed Iqbal– It was a few weeks ago when British PM, David Cameron announced that he would enforce tough measures on any educational institute that promotes intolerance and extremism. Weeks after these announcements, many are now beginning to see the irrelevance of his words uttered at the Tory Party Conference and are realising the repercussions […]

Government’s New Islam and Citizenship Education (ICE) Curriculum for Mosques and Madrassah’s- Too cold for the Muslim Community

 By Majed Iqbal- In the last few years there has been an intense effort by the government in taking direct hands on approach in the affairs of the Muslim community in the name of tackling ‘radicalisation’ and combating ‘extremism’. For some, this has been a welcoming gesture, seeing the Government playing a ‘positive’ role in […]

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 […]

Rochdale Muslims to participate in Consultation against Compulsory Sex Education for 5 year olds

In the last months, there has been an active campaign to mobilise the Rochdale community against new  Government plans to introduce compulsory sex education for 5 year old children. The group “Rochdale Muslims against Sex and Relationship Education for 5 year olds” has played an active public role in highlighting these proposals and demonstrating exactly how […]

ASIAN LEADER Article- Rochdale Imam accuses Mosques of Child beatings

The following article was published in the Asian Leader Newspaper which discussed claims that Rochdale Mosques were involved in Child beatings. The Newspaper article can be read online on the Look Asia Website. Please click HERE to read

ASIAN NEWS COVERAGE: Madrassah beating claims is scare tactic

   The following article was published on the Asian News Website detailing the views from various Community leaders in Rochdale on the Mosque Child beating Fiasco which has hit national press. Comments from this blog also featured in the article. MOSQUE leaders and community members have hit back at an unpublished report by a Rochdale imam […]

Rochdale Imam accuses local Mosques of ‘Child Beatings’

By Majed Iqbal- According to a new report compiled by Irfan Chishti, a government adviser on Islamic affairs and a close ally to Hazel Blears on her agenda to tackle Extremism, has stated that Muslim children are being beaten and abused regularly by teachers at some madrassas. Students have been slapped, punched and had their ears twisted, according […]

THE RAMADHAN CONNUNDRUM!- All eyes on the decision makers-

THE RAMADHAN CONNUNDRUM!- All eyes on the decision makers- By Majed Iqbal Its that time of the year again coming soon next week. Yes, you got it……………its Ramadhan around the corner!! All of us now will be preparing ourselves mentally and physically for the month ahead; a month full of blessings, rewards and forgiveness. Each […]

EXPOSED- “NASIHA” PROJECT

EXPOSED- “NASIHA” PROJECT- NO to Government Agendas in Rochdale By Majed Iqbal It has been months since the Government flashed out its new agenda for the Muslim community in the guise of re-structuring madrassahs with the teaching of a British version of Islam. Despite millions being poured in to win the ‘Hearts and Minds’ battle […]

Masjids Responsibility lies with the Community- NOT Govt

ROCHDALE Masjids Responsibility lies with the Muslim Community- NOT in the hands of Government- By Majed Iqbal Masjids have been central to the development of the Muslim community ever since our fathers and mothers generation came to the UK. They were constructed with the sweat and dedication of hard working immigrants who valued their adherence […]