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Laura Jones – Radio Programme on Fasting

Posted on 11 February 2021 by Michael Munnik

Fasting has been a significant practice amongst Muslims since Islam’s inception and remains a common observance today, even amongst Muslims who may not adhere to other practices such as daily prayers. Fasting is most prominent during the month of Ramadan, when healthy, adult Muslims are required to fast from food and drink from sunrise to
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Muslim Doctors Cymru and Covid Vaccine Questions

Posted on 9 February 2021 by Michael Munnik

Recent polls show that there is a hesitancy amongst the BAME community about taking the Covid-19 vaccine. There are primarily two reasons for this: (1) Infodemic: the sheer amount of misinformation found on social media about the vaccine perpetuated by anti-vaxxers; (2) coupled with a genuine distrust of the government and how the government has
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Abdul-Azim Ahmed – The Untapped Potential of British Mosques: Part 1

Posted on 14 December 2020 by Michael Munnik

Moments of crisis often reveal hidden strengths, and this applies to individuals as well as communities. During national emergencies and local disasters in the United Kingdom, we have seen the valuable contributions of British mosques. The mosque is a “House of God”, a place for the faithful to gather in religious devotion. This social dimension
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Michael Munnik – IPSO: press regulator’s ‘guidance’ for reporting on Muslims is not fit for purpose

Posted on 26 November 2020 by Michael Munnik

It shouldn’t be controversial to say journalists have failed in reporting on Muslims and Islam in the UK. Inaccurate use of terms and frequently negative constructions can make the religion seem strange, dangerous, or simply not British. Scholars have shown how journalists frequently associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. Though the news is often “bad”,
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