Islam

Why liberals turn a blind eye to the global persecution of Christians

2 September 2019 16:41

The new episode of Holy Smoke is about the persecution of Christians. That’s a familiar concept, even if we don’t…

Why was a GCSE student disqualified for criticising halal meat?

19 August 2019 15:12

We have to talk about the schoolgirl who was disqualified from a GCSE exam on the grounds that she had…

The curious reaction to a niqab-wearing homophobe

29 July 2019 12:05

Are we allowed to criticise the niqab yet? This question crossed my mind as I watched that viral clip of…

What does the Muslim Council of Britain have against Muslims like me?

13 July 2019 8:00

Have you ever wondered why there are so few moderate Muslim voices in the press? It’s not because they don’t…

Billy Connolly and the death of free speech

5 July 2019 17:00

I hope readers will forgive me for returning to a subject I addressed here recently. It was a reflection on the…

Why was a disabled grandad sacked by Asda for sharing a Billy Connolly clip?

27 June 2019 12:37

I don’t prefer shopping at a specific supermarket. For some it’s a sign of social status, like the toffs who…

It’s time to crack down on Muslim-on-Muslim hatred

7 June 2019 14:54

There is no doubt that we need a clear definition of anti-Muslim hatred. Having set up Tell MAMA – an organisation monitoring…

Roger Scruton is a friend, not a foe, of Islam

29 April 2019 13:28

I am not a right-winger. I am ashamed to say that I discovered Sir Roger Scruton only four years ago…

Adopting the new Islamophobia definition would be terrible for the Tories  

4 April 2019 13:18

I do not think I am alone in having real difficulty with the word Islamophobia and attempts to define it…

Is New Zealand really such a tolerant country?

29 March 2019 12:39

For years, New Zealand has been talked of as a beacon of liberalism, a country that other democracies including Britain…

The Muslim leader who offers an example on how to tackle Islamism

28 March 2019 16:27

The Christchurch attack has prompted a considerable degree of soul-searching in the West about the potential impact of anti-Muslim rhetoric.…

My grief for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

15 March 2019 10:24

‘We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return’. Muslims around the world, including me, are now reciting the…

The false equivalence between ‘Islamophobia’ and anti-Semitism

8 March 2019 21:00

I have been travelling in the Middle East for the last few weeks and slightly regret returning to the maelstrom…

Bangladesh doesn’t want Shamima Begum. Here’s why it might have to take her

22 February 2019 16:48

Whatever the arguments over the Government’s decision to revoke Isis bride Shamima Begum’s British citizenship, the teenager’s future now depends…

Isis bride Shamima Begum should be allowed home

14 February 2019 13:32

So, what do you reckon then about the jihadi bride, Shamima Begum, unearthed by the Times’ Anthony Loyd in a…

France’s dilemma: what to do with jihadists who say sorry

6 February 2019 11:35

Patrick Jardin lost his daughter when Islamist terrorists attacked the Bataclan in November 2015. Nathalie was one of 130 people…

A new definition of Islamophobia could be a recipe for trouble

19 January 2019 8:30

There is a looming risk the Government will soon subscribe to a definition of Islamophobia that will function as a…

The ‘Islamophobia’ problem

27 November 2018 9:44

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Should it be illegal to insult Mohammed?

28 October 2018 10:00

Should you be allowed to say that the founder of one of the world’s largest religions was a paedophile? According…