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This week a report which gathered data on what British Muslims really think was released – and the results were surprising

Muslims, it turns out, are actually more likely to condemn acts of political violence than the UK population as a whole. But they are also more likely to believe conspiracy theories. Today, a report was quietly released by the Policy Exchange that examined exactly what Muslims living in Britain really think about the country and its people. Its title was …

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Netanyahu asks for ‘Israeli apartheid’ tube posters to be removed

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has asked the UK government to remove hundreds of flyposters on London Underground trains put up by pro-Palestinian activists which claim that his country’s policies amount to apartheid. The posters, designed to look like genuine adverts, were pasted on tube trains by London Palestine Action as part of this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week. Political leaders in …

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7 surprising health benefits of Ramadan

Although millions around the world have successfully observed the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan for more than a thousand years, some people fear that fasting over such a long period time will have detrimental effects on their health. If you’re one of those worriers, then check out these seven surprising health benefits you’ll enjoy during and after Ramadan. Dates Although three …

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First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK

A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam. Raheel Raza, a rights activist and Toronto-based author, has been asked to lead prayers and deliver the khutbah at a small …

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Ramadan fast in UK ‘should be shortened’ says scholar

There is a call for British Muslims to reduce their fasting hours during Ramadan, which begins this week. Daylight hours last longer here than in the Middle East, and some community groups say the longer fasting time could be harmful. However, many Muslims in the UK say there is no compromise when it comes to Ramadan. Shabnam Mahmood reports.

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Britain urged to end arms trade with Saudi Arabia after blogger ruling

Campaigners have called for a radical shift in Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, the UK’s biggest arms market, after the Saudi supreme court upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison given to blogger Raif Badawi. Blogger Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, takes part on an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy in …

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Lady Warsi launches bitter assault on coalition strategy towards Muslims

Former Tory chair targets Michael Gove for criticism and says failure to engage with the community ‘has fuelled resentment’ Baroness Warsi has issued her first criticism of government policy towards Muslims since resigning from the cabinet. Photograph: Paul Cooper/Rex Features Lady Warsi has delivered a blistering critique of the government’s approach towards Britain’s Muslims, warning that failure to engage properly …

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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s case referred to supreme court, says his wife

King said to have stepped in amid flogging clamour as second round of 50 lashes delayed on health grounds Protesters call for the release of Raif Badawi outside the Saudi embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/REX The wife of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticising leading clerics, says King Abdullah has …

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‘Islam Is Reviving British Values’, Says Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Lizzie Dearden – The Independent He said the religion promotes a sense of duty and community belonging Islam is rejuvenating “British values”, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed while lambasting sections of the press for presenting Muslims as “un-British”. Rowan Williams was giving a speech at the annual Living Islam Festival in Lincolnshire on Friday, discussing what British values …

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