ASIAN EXPRESS- Rochdale Grooming Scandal & rising Islamophobia

By Majed Iqbal- Muslims in Rochdale, for the first time, have collectively spoken out against the rise of Islamophobia and discrimination that the town’s Muslims are facing post the Grooming scandal involving Asian men sexually exploiting young girls. In 2012, nine men of Pakistani descent were convicted and sent to prison for grooming underage white […]

VIDEO- Rochdale Muslim Community Press Conference on Islamophobia & Grooming

Muslims from the Rochdale Area held a community Press conference to highlight the growing trend of Islamophobia post the Grooming Scandal which hit National headlines and sparked off a national debate on the role of Asian men in using underage ‘White’ girls for sex. The cross community event was covered by National Media- BBC on […]

Rochdale Grooming case revisited- Who will address ‘Generation Sex’?

No community will accept the grooming of girls for sex. It is also not a time to point figures at victims and go through a blame game. What right minded, thinking individuals should be doing is questioning the values upon which society is built and how from here they plan to safeguard those under their protection.

BBC Big Questions Appearance on EDL and Grooming

I participated on BBC’s ‘Big Questions’ earlier in April this year, a flagship program which addresses current issues from a moral, ethical and religious angle. Hosted by famous anchor Nicky Campbell, the episode focused on 2 topics. My Comments were on the first topic which was – “On the weekend that the EDL and far-right […]

JUMAH KHUTBA- “The Rochdale 9”

By Majed Iqbal- Insha’allah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan. Please take time to send durood (salutations) upon the Prophet ﷺ (Allah’s peace and blessings be be upon him), especially on the Day of Jum’ah. Abu Hurayrah (ra) may Allah be pleased with him narrated Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “The person who recites eighty times on Friday (the following […]

ASIAN IMAGE- ‘Rochdale Grooming’ Verdict

By Majed Iqbal- A gang of men from Rochdale who preyed on young girls for sex have been sentenced earlier today. Nine out of the eleven  who were arrested and put on trial were convicted for the crimes. The high-profile case brought much media attention and was immediately turned into a race and a religious […]