• Articles

  • Memes and Madhabs

    Faisal Ali 15 September 2018

    Like many young Muslims in the diaspora, growing up in Cardiff our Muslim community was a very diverse one. Muslims… read more

  • In Praise of the Islamic Bookstore

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 22 March 2018

    Independent bookshops in Britain are on the decline, and a combination of rising rents and Amazon will spell its ultimate… read more

  • A Brief History of Muslims in Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    The best place to begin the story is in the late eight century with King Offa of Mercia, who is… read more

  • The Forgotten (Muslim) Revival of Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    For those familiar with the history of Wales, the phrase ‘Welsh Revival’  evokes very powerful images. It describes an era… read more

  • The Mosques of Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    An article Abdul-Azim Ahmed wrote for Click on Wales, the online portal of the Institute for Welsh Affairs. It details… read more

  • How Big is the Muslim Congregation?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 24 October 2017

    Traditional Christian groups are facing “alarming decline”, according to the current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar. The story is… read more

  • Human (Im)Perfection: Jewish Views on Christianity and Islam

    Rabbi Allen Maller 6 October 2017

    Although basic religious values are eternal; religious communities are affected by a world that has increasingly changed over the last… read more

  • Why do Muslims Call the Islamic State “Khawarij”?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 23 July 2017

    During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan 2015, a brutal global triple attack sent shockwaves across the world. A massacre… read more

  • Qawwali: A Truly Mystical Encounter

    Kynaat Awan 6 December 2016

    Qawalli is a mystical form of music from the Sufi sect of Islam that has inspired people worldwide for centuries.… read more

  • Who are Britain’s Muslims?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 12 August 2016

    An introduction to Muslim denominations and religious diversity by Abdul-Azim Ahmed A Sufi, a Salafi, a member of the Tablighi… read more

  • BOOK REVIEW: Sufis, Salafis and Islamists

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 July 2016

    It is increasingly common to meet journalists, politicians and interested members of the general public who are curious about the… read more

  • Investigating the Missing Mary Magdalene in Islam

    Nakita Valerio 3 January 2016

    Nakita Valerio explores the absence of Mary Madalene from Islamic scripture, despite the importance placed on Jesus as a significant… read more

  • A Very Muslim Christmas

    Laura Jones 16 December 2015

    Laura Jones reflects on coming to terms with Christmas as a Muslim and explains some of the pros and cons… read more

  • Religious Persecution Can Both Unite and Divide Religious Communities

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 December 2015

    In a moving homily delivered in June 2015, the Pope described the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State and… read more

  • David Cameron

    How Military Adventurism and Suspicion of Islam Have Become Part Of The British Political Landscape

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 23 October 2015

    “The neocon ascendency is total”. These words were written by associate editor of the Spectator Peter Oborne, describing the political… read more

  • Lessons from Srebrenica – 20 Years On

    Laura Jones 7 July 2015

    11th July 2015 marks 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre in which over 8000 Bosnian Muslims were brutally killed in… read more

  • The Same God?

    Josef Linnhoff 5 May 2015

    Josef Linnhoff reviews Miroslav Volf’s Allah : A Christian Response The ubiquitous ‘Islam and the West’ debate is arguably becoming… read more

  • Earliest Quranic Codex Discovered

    On Religion Team 5 May 2015

    Until recently, the earliest codices of the Quran were considered to be in Topkapi Palace Museum in Turkey and Tashkent… read more

  • Faithwashing ISIS

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 20 February 2015

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed argues we need to see ISIS in the cold light of day, and not the heated rhetoric of… read more

  • Paris and the Case for Muslim Jewish Unity

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 26 January 2015

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed believes Muslims and Jews in Europe must find a common voice against rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. There is… read more

  • What is the Caliphate?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 2 January 2015

    2014 saw the emergence of ISIS and their claims of being the new ‘caliphate’. Abdul-Azim Ahmed explores the roots of… read more

  • Richard Dawkins

    Saudi Arabia, Atheism and the Brotherhood

    On Religion Team 5 July 2014

    Saudi Arabia’s most recent royal edict shines a light on tensions in the Middle-East and has had an impact in… read more

  • The myth of a Sunni-Shia war

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 17 June 2014

    The narrative of a Sunni-Shia war is so prevalent it is now accepted without challenge – but Abdul-Azim Ahmed argues… read more

  • Where is the love?

    Laura Jones 4 June 2014

    Muslim chaplain Laura Jones argues that Islam’s teachings on love and compassion are in stark contrast to hardline portrayals of… read more

  • Who speaks for Muslims?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 18 May 2014

    That was the question set by Newsnight on 24th March before a six-minute video presented by Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam… read more

  • Baroness Warsi

    Faith in Politics: Interview with Baroness Warsi

    Laura Jones 30 March 2014

    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet. Laura Jones spoke to her about her views on… read more

  • The ‘Segregation’ Debate

    Fathima Khatun 4 February 2014

    Fathima Khatun delivers her verdict on the debate that dominated discussion last autumn. Autumn 2013 witnessed a bizarre spectacle –… read more

  • Christian Muslim Forum mosque church

    Interview: The Christian Muslim Forum

    On Religion Team 15 November 2013

    As part of our interfaith special, we speak to Julian Bond, Director of the Christian Muslim Forum that issued their… read more

  • Ghazali grave harouniyeh mosque

    Ghazali: The Legacy of a Scholar

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 November 2013

    Muhammad al-Ghazali is a scholar, philosopher and mystic known to Muslims globally as one of the most influential Muslims who… read more

  • Is it British to Ban the Face-Veil?

    Sajda Khan 10 October 2013

    Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of… read more