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We need the help of non-violent Muslim extremists against Isis

…. Perhaps fight is the wrong word. What Luton saw was an ambush by a group of Salafists on the local leader of Al-Muhajiroun. Salafists, who make up about 5 per cent of British Muslims, follow a searingly puritan version of Islam. 192 more words

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As a former extremist who knew Anjem Choudary, I fear for the mentality of British Muslims

Like 33 per cent of British Muslims do, I once supported the idea of a caliphate based upon sharia law. But the debate has now become polarised and poisonous. 363 more words

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Bangladesh blogger killed by machete gang had asked for police protection

A well-known secular blogger in Bangladesh who was murdered at his home on Friday had told police of threats against him and requested protection weeks before he died. 237 more words

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simplicity inspires creativity

Often I’ll wander into my garden for inspiration. I clipped this peach gladiola right before today’s thunderstorm. Creativity sparks and snaps causing synapses to swirl in my head as I type. 75 more words

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Ukip peer says Islam is not a peaceful religion

Islam is not a peaceful faith, according to Ukip’s only peer. Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who led Ukip in 2009 and 2010, is working on a new guide to Islam which he claims will re-educate Britain and challenge some of the misconceptions about the religion. 396 more words

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Maajid Nawaz: how a former Islamist became David Cameron’s anti-extremism adviser

…. For his part, Nawaz sees the blowback as a predictable response to confronting Muslims with uncomfortable facts. When I ask him about Quilliam’s credibility gap, he turns the question around. 1,083 more words

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Why I disagree with having a women-run mosque in Bradford

On Sunday 2 August, the Muslim Women’s Council in Bradford will be holding an event to discuss its proposals for the UK’s first women-managed mosque. Some women have experienced exclusion from male-run mosques, and so on the surface this seems a reasonable way forward. 188 more words

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