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Nov 13, 2020, 3:17 PM
Interfaith unity will allow us to get through this national lockdown together
This year has been filled with uncertainty as the world has grappled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but one constant has remained with communities pulling together and supporting each other. There has been talk of divided communities with worrying increases of hate crime,...
Jul 11, 2020, 4:58 PM
Doing nothing to stop injustice is not an option for humanity
July 11 – 22 marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. An event in our history that is often less spoken about. Srebrenica took the lives of more than 8,000 Muslims and is seen by many as the worst atrocity on European soil since...
Jan 27, 2020, 2:19 PM
With the far-right rising, it’s more important than ever we remember the Shoah
I was deeply moved this week by the images of Muslim and Jewish leaders visiting the former Nazi German death camp, Auschwitz, together to share Jewish and Islamic prayers of commemoration, days before the 75th anniversary of the site’s liberation. To be among the children...
Feb 7, 2017, 7:29 PM
Jewish-Muslim alliance forged against politics of hate
Last week we saw large marches, across the world, aimed at President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily block travel for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order also stopped the admission of all refugees to the...
Jun 2, 2016, 12:00 PM
Rabbis and Imams’ historic and symbolic visit to Srebrenica
In an act of symbolic solidarity, I along with a group of senior Rabbis and Imams, all of whom are members of the National Council of Imams and Rabbis of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, travelled together to Bosnia in association with the UK charity Remembering...
Dec 14, 2015, 4:15 PM
Challenging anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred together
Hatred towards British Muslims and Jews remains, thankfully, confined to the nasty margins of our society. But it still exists. In September, the Met Police released the latest hate-crime figures for London, showing that offenses against Jews had risen by 93% and offenses against Muslims...
Mar 4, 2015, 4:19 PM
Tackle spread of violent extremism with education and reform
For the Muslim world, the year 2014 has been regularly punctuated by tragic and brutal massacres that have been committed in the name of our religion Islam. Such violent and tragic incidents range from abduction of school girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, to kidnapping...
Qari Asim MBE is the chair of Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board, the deputy chair of Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, senior Imam at Makkah Mosque Leeds and the Independent Adviser to the Government on the definition of Islamophobia.