STATEMENT- Rochdale Muslim Community on release without charge of Rochdale Family

The following is a statement submitted to Majed’s blog from members of the Rochdale Muslim community including Teachers, Businessmen, Solicitors, Healthcare professionals and Community activists that has been circulated widely locally to Community Leaders and on social Media in light of the recent releasing without charge of 6 Rochdale residents accused of trying to sneak into Syria with eight of […]

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 […]

JUMAH KHUTBA- Approaching the Quran Truly and Completely

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 […]

Jumah Khutbah- The Month of Rajab- “History in the Making”

By Majed Iqbal- Inshallah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan. Please take time to send durood upon the Prophet (saw) especially on the Day of Jumah. 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 supplication) immediately after Asr […]

COMMENT: EDL calls for ‘Burning Quran’ in Rochdale Rally

 By Majed Iqbal- This weekend saw the English defense League pouring into Rochdale to protest against what they believe was underlying cultural issues which saw 9 men convicted last month for grooming under-age girls for sex. EDL visited last year too in March, voicing concern over the same issue. But this time it was different. […]

EDL’s ‘Rochdale Grooming’ Demo- HOW should the Community Respond?

By Majed Iqbal- Over a year ago, the English Defence League (EDL), a racist and Islamoophobic national outfit with links to the terrorist Anders Brevik, who murdered hundreds in Norway, marched into Rochdale. In March 2011, EDL took senior Politician’s, Jack Straws words as Gospel when he stated that some men in the Pakistani community “view […]

ASIAN EXPRESS ARTICLE- New arrests made in second Rochdale sex Grooming case

Read my article written for the Asian Express Newspaper, on the Rochdale Sex grooming Case analysing the issues surrounding the story which have made national headlines. YORKSHIRE EDITION-  Click here to read Online NATIONAL EDITION-  Click here to read Online

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 […]