Media Category

The real dangers of banning the burkini

During the French burkini controversy, I was asked by Mashable to give my thoughts on the dangers of banning the burkini. You can read my comments below and/or the full article here. “These women are not a security threat, they’re just average French Muslim women,” Akeela Ahmed, a London-based equalities campaigner, said. “They’re penalising French […]

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Tackling Ramadan With A Mental Health Condition

I just noticed that I was quoted in the article below, on surviving Ramadan with an eating disorder. http://www.refinery29.uk/2016/06/114217/ramadan-mental-health Here is my quote: “There is still a huge stigma attached to mental illness, along with a lack of understanding of how it manifests and impacts on an individual,” says Akeela Ahmed, the former Executive Director […]

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What 14 British Muslims think about the Charlie Hebdo attack

A few days ago I spoke to BuzzFeed about my reaction to the horrendous attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. This is what I wrote: “As a British Muslim I have been shocked and dismayed by the Charlie Hebdo attacks. This shock has reverberated throughout communities in the UK, and with it comes a sense […]

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Talking about IS and appealing for the release of Alan Henning

Recent Media Appearances   Last week I signed a letter calling for the release of British hostage Alan Henning. I signed the letter foremostly as a human being, wanting to do something, no matter how small or insignificant to try and help Alan. I have no delusions that #IS would care about what a bunch […]

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British values in Unequal Britain: inequalities faced by South Asians in the UK

Prompted by the Trojan Horse affair, the Prime Minister David Cameron wrote that British values are “not optional; they’re the core of what it is to live in Britain”. The debate on British values, is not new, however, it focuses on minority communities, their identity and loyalties particularly those whose behaviours or attitudes are deemed […]

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Why are young Asian girls invisible when it comes to Eating Disorders?

When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of a young white girl who is painfully thin. The word anorexia has become synonymous with eating disorders as are the emaciated images of anorexic girls who are most likely to be white. Given the negative reporting around […]

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‘Why would anyone believe in the “Islamophobia industry”‘ interview with Samira Shackle

I attended an Eid reception at Downing Street in which the PM, David Cameron, spoke quite passionately on the need to tackle prejudice and in particular Islamophobia. There is still, amongst some commentators and journalists, who question the very existence of prejudice against Muslims. Indeed, there are some who feel it is right to demonise […]

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10 things we ought to be saying about the niqab!

Colleague and friend Julian Bond put together a piece on the niqab non-debate, that has been raging for the past week or so. With a little help from moi. http://www.christianmuslimforum.org/index.php/news/360-10-things-we-ought-to-be-saying-about-the-niqab “The current debate over the niqab is another example of unwarranted attention being given to a Muslim issue simply because it is a ‘Muslim’ issue. […]

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Should the veil (niqab) be banned? Panel discussion on Five news

Over a week ago on a Sunday afternoon I saw that a not so well known MP from Totnes, Sarah Wollaston, had tweeted about the niqab (face covering worn by some Muslim women for religious reasons). I immediately responded, see photo below: I also tweeted responses to a few more of her tweets, which were […]

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Appearance on the Today programme – Veils & that court case

Monday the 16th September was a whirlwind of media appearances, (more on that later), beginning with a appearance on BBC Radio4’s Today programme. Being grilled by the legendary John Humphrey’s was not easy but have a listen about two to two and half hours in and hear for your self. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039zg29

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