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Issue 287 – March 2013

Celebrating achievements and contributions of British Muslims

The prestigious The Muslim News Awards for Excellence, celebrating the very best of Muslim contributions to British society, held its eleventh ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, on March 25. Guest of Honour, Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, joined the celebrations at the Gala Dinner with over 550 guests.

Muslim News Awards

  • Winners of the Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2013.

    “The awards ceremony showcases the brilliance of the British Muslim community - huge contributions made by diverse men, women and young people from around the country. And this shows that Muslims are fully integrated in the British society and that multiculturalism has been and is working.” Ahmed J Versi.

Editorial

  • Iraq: 10 years of unlearned lessons

    Iraq: 10 years of unlearned lessons

    The repercussions from the catastrophic Iraq war continue to reverberate around the world in various ways. Ten years on, fundamental lessons have not been learnt as Britain still insists on becoming embroiled in conflicts in Muslim countries. The latest is Mali at a time when it seeks to withdraw its troops from the quagmire caused in Afghanistan.

  • Fudge on press regulation

    Fudge on press regulation

    The latest attempt to regulate the excesses of the press is again set to end in chaos. The agreement between the main political parties earlier this month is nothing but another fudge in the face of hostility from the newspaper industry that is likely to be another failure.

Home News

Home News - Halal Food Contamination

  • Lancashire mosques urge Muslims to boycott school meals

    Lancashire mosques urge Muslims to boycott school meals

    The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), had urged Muslims in the area to “boycott all school meals provided by Lancashire County Council” as authorities found horse DNA in halal beef burgers that were supplied to four Lancashire schools in February.

  • Students served non halal school dinner

    A Birmingham secondary school served non-halal meals to Muslim students it emerged last month. The Head Teacher wrote a letter to parents and apologised for the “unintentional error” after an investigation was launched by the Birmingham Council department, Direct Services.

  • Pork found in halal food in C & E school

    Pork found in halal food in C & E school

    Yet another revelation of non-halal meat has been found in certified halal food. This time in a Church of England School in London.

Home News - Interview

  • Interview; UK defends Myanmar policy, despite continued human rights abuses

    Interview; UK defends Myanmar policy, despite continued human rights abuses

    Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire, insists that Britain’s policy towards Myanmar (Burma) is consistent with other countries in wanting President Thein Sein and his Government on the road to democracy, openness and transparency, despite its abuse of minority groups, including Rohingya Muslims.

World News

Islamophobia & Discrimination

Human Rights

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Environment

  • Challenges to charities working in conflict areas

    Contrary to the belief that the end of cold war and beginning of globalisation would bring a peace dividend that will wipe away poverty and usher in an era of peace and prosperity for all, thousands of people are still struggling for survival and livelihood.

Health and Science

  • UK is not prepared for its ageing population

    The UK population is steadily ageing as people live longer. The Office for National Statistics, which gathers information about population demographics, forecasts a 50% rise in the number of over-65s and a doubling in over-85s between 2010 and 2030.

Sport

  • Brief Sport

    Athletics

    2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden (March 1-3): Mukhtar Mohammed won bronze in a spirited 800-metre final. The 22-year-old, who was born in Somalia and moved to the UK in 2002, fought hard to pass Belarus’s Anis Ananenka, who appeared to try to push Mohammed wide with his elbows as they grappled for the line.

Letters

  • Halal food contamination product of greed and ambiguity

    Sir, The real problem revealed by the reported contamination of pies described as ‘Halal’ with pork DNA lies with us. As British Muslims, we generally demand far more meat than is either necessary or healthy for us.

  • Muslims MPs voting for same sex marriage Bill

    Sir, I was saddened when I read that most of the Muslim MPs voted for the same sex marriage Bill. While we saw that many Christian MPs, including those in the Government, voted against.

  • Pig photo permissible but unnecessary

    Regarding the two responses to my letter in respect of the photo of the dead pig, I didn’t state that the photo wasn’t permissible. I merely politely asked why it was necessary or appropriate for a Muslim newspaper with a majority Muslim readership, to publish it as it did not enhance the article.

  • Saddening indifference to the UK’s support of Modi

    Sir, As an Indian living in the UK, I read your article [Economic interests overshadow quest for justice in Gujarat] with interest.

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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