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The media needs to be fairer to British Muslims

The fact that British Muslims are depicted very negatively and stereotypically by some mainstream media outlets isn’t news to anyone. Most of the time when one opens the pages of the newspaper or scrolls down any mainstream news source Muslims seemingly are either bombing places or running off to Syria. Just in the last few …

Sajda Mughal OBE is awarded Ultimate Humanitarian of 2015

On 2nd December 2015, our Director, Sajda Mughal OBE, was awarded the Ultimate Humanitarian in the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards 2015! The award is given out every year based on a public voting system where Cosmopolitan readers vote for who they think has been the most inspiring woman in each different category. Sajda who was awarded an …

Traumas of Forced Marriage

‘Muslim model, 24, is found hanged after fearing she was going to be forced into arranged marriage by her parents’  ‘The Hasidic woman … [who] killed herself suffered years of depression following her forced marriage to a first cousin’ These are just a few of the headlines from the media last month. The message is …

Closing the borders is not the answer

The tragic attacks in Paris which killed 130 people have shocked and deeply saddened people around the world, millions of people on different social media platforms showed their support for the victims of the attack through changing their profile pictures or posting a picture of a peace sign combined with the Eiffel Tower. However, many …

“A victory for every woman”

The victory of Nadiya Hussain, a Bangladeshi Muslim Brit, in the latest season of the Great British Bake Off did not come as a surprise to the avid fans of the show. However, the explosive media attention that followed Hussain’s win was unexpected. British Muslims have been slowly gaining positive visibility in the media such …

From community to community: the fight against FGM in the UK

October has been a month of discussions around Female Genital Mutilation after new statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre highlighted the numbers of FGM reported cases in the UK. In fact, it has been researched that over 4,989 cases have been reported in England since last September 2014, 1,026 cases happened …

Misrepresentation of Muslims in the media

Following a complaint to the press regulation body IPSO, the Mail on Sunday has finally apologised for their inflammatory headline and article on “Muslim gang slashes tyres of immigration-raid van”. This article is one of a large number of occurrences, in which the usage of terms such as Islam or Muslims have been increasingly utilised …

When ‘Preventing Extremism’ has no colours…

JAN Trust was shocked to our core some weeks ago, after liaising with a housing association about our Preventing Extremism workshops. We were told that they are not affected by extremism because they are all ‘white and middle class!’ “Seriously?”- That’s what we first thought. Do people actually believe that extremism is based on the …

“No one puts their children in a boat….”

In the recent weeks the world’s newspapers have been dominated by the refugee crisis. But nothing was quite as heartbreaking as the photo which showed the lifeless body of three year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian child who fled the civil war with his family, washed up on a Turkish beach. Apparently, the debated decision to …