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To wear or not to wear... this is the question

To wear or not to wear... this is the question

A few MPs have openly supported this ban, such as the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Dr Evan Harris. In a recent interview on BBC Radio, in answer to...

Kith and Kin

Kith and Kin

My three sisters, mum and step dad have all been very supportive of...

Play it again, Sami..

Play it again, Sami..

Sami Yusuf and his debut album Al Mu’allim exploded onto the...

Inspired by Islam- Optical Illusions

Light is a fundamental player in our lives and it is hardly surprising that optics as a physical phenomenon has been...

A week in the life of.. Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, well-known for her writing, has made a huge contribution to the Muslim community in Britain....

On Mount Nur with Dr Jamal Badawi

Eid-ul-Adha has again come and passed. Millions of pilgrims have taken the journey of a lifetime to the House of God,...

Walk on the Wildside

The 20 minute queue to get in should not really have been a surprise. Not only has Ken Livingstone ensured a no...

Editorial-More than just a scarf

When I took on the hijab in 1988 it was a problem. It was not as popular as it is now, although increasing numbers...

Drawing the veil

Drawing the veil

A dazzling brass lantern, vibrant throws and an assortment of miniature camels create a decidedly Arabic ambience in...

Hitting Sixes, Praying Fives

Hitting Sixes, Praying Fives

Bilal Shafayat, at 19, is poised to become England's next...

Sicily an island of many worlds

Sicily an island of many worlds

Whether it’s Il Padrino, Cinema Paradiso, or Il Postino, the...

Meals from the Med

Meals from the Med

Tantalise your taste buds this spring with light meals from the...

Mother tongue and more

Mother tongue and more

Do you speak any other languages? What do you remember about...

Spring is in the air...

Spring is in the air...

Get out the rakes and trowels…the annual spring planting...

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

According to Dr Shuja Shafi, chair of the Muslim Council of...

Victurkian Baths

Victurkian Baths

A Turkish-Victorian inspired bathroom will be more than just a...

High Society to High Commission

High Society to High Commission

Dr Maleeha Lodhi is a woman whose life has permeated the challenging...

Unveiling Imperial Conquest

Unveiling Imperial Conquest

The decision by the French government to outlaw religious dress and...

Floral Interior Design

Floral Interior Design

Do you prefer flowers in a vase, in your garden, fresh or...

Face to Faith- Cutting to the point

Face to Faith- Cutting to the point

29 year old Abdul Malik (right) and 31 year old Abdul Hakiim are...

Cultural diversity training

Cultural diversity training

The incident is justifiably cringe-worthy: any outer practice of...

Muslim Marriage: Shaheen & Faiz

Muslim Marriage: Shaheen & Faiz

Shaheen: Growing up, my mother always used to say to me, “You...

Don’t you Hutton me- Ziauddin Sardar

Don’t you Hutton me- Ziauddin Sardar

So there we have it. Tony Blair is a man of impeccable integrity....

From Mary to Maryam Poppins

From Mary to Maryam Poppins

One of the greatest challenges anybody will ever face in life is...

Hayfever and how to beat it the natural way

Hayfever and how to beat it the natural way

The worst time of the year is about to start again, at least for hay...

Diary of a young mother

Diary of a young mother

In case you thought that Diary of a Young Mother was all about doom...

Space Exploration- Mission to Mars

Space Exploration- Mission to Mars

Contemporary space exploration is a far cry from the days when...

The Earth's Tremor

The Earth's Tremor

The devastating recent earthquakes in Iran and Morocco highlight the...

Table talk with Christina Odone

Table talk with Christina Odone

"The irony is that Islam's principle tenets are exactly what...