By: Aisha Gani
The Muslim population of England and Wales is growing faster than the overall population, with a higher proportion of children and a lower ratio of elderly people, according to an analysis of official data.
One in three Muslims is under 15, compared with fewer than one in five overall. There are also fewer elderly Muslims, with 4% aged over 65, compared with 16% of the overall population.
In 2011, 2.71 million Muslims lived in England and Wales, compared with 1.55 million in 2001. There were also 77,000 Muslims in Scotland and 3,800 in Northern Ireland.
The Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) study of data from the 2011 census found that Muslims are still a small minority of the overall population – one in 20. This contrasts with popular perceptions held by Britons, who overstate the proportion of Muslims in the country by a factor of four, according to a recent survey by Ipsos Mori.
Half the Muslims in England and Wales were born there and almost three-quarters (73%) identify themselves as British. Two-thirds of Muslims are ethnically Asian and 8% are white.
By: Jen Hayden
Positive news for Detroit residents on the verge of having their water shut off:
Two Muslim organizations are donating $100,000 to provide assistance to Detroit residents facing water shutoffs or recovering from recent flooding.
The Michigan Muslim Community Council has partnered with Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim charity organization in the country, to help thousands of households at risk of having their water shut off. The grant will be divided between the Detroit Water Fund, United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Wayne Metro Community Council.
The organizations are hoping to encourage others to follow suit:
“We are hoping this is going to be contagious,” Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, said in a statement. “The most important thing we have is not our money, it’s our energy and our enthusiasm, and it’s our people. … Also, it is important to us in our faith to help our neighbors. It is a part of our faith to help our friends.”
By: Nasmira Firdous
Distress, anxiety, joys, fear, worries and happiness: different facets that make up this mesmerizing sojourn called “life”. It might fascinate you with its unknown twists and turns. There are moments where you relish the joys and happiness with every breath you take. And then, there are moments when the human soul, weak in its creation but as mighty as it thinks of itself, tries to shred realities and instead, buries itself into worldly deceptions.
With the pressures of dunya that strangle us both physically and emotionally, our minds tend to lose focus and our hearts cringe with disappointments and pain. Beyond all of this, our souls end up forgetting their very purpose of existence: To worship our Creator .
In this article, let us undertake a journey that would help us free our hearts from worries, let us perform tiny little acts of acts that could weigh heavy on our scale of good deeds, helping us have an eeman high, in sha Allah.
An estimated 20,000 Yarmouk residents are currently drinking contaminated water as the UN warns it may decrease food aid to Syria as funds fall short
Activists say water has not been delivered to Yarmouk refugee camp outside of Damascus for at least 10 days (AFP)
The lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp are in jeopardy after the Syrian government has failed to provide drinking water for at least ten days, an activist in the camp said on Thursday.
Blatant Terrorism, Regional and Religious Intolerance and Inequalities, Rape, Theft and Murder, Deteriorating Morals, Ethics and Values. Increasing Materialism and Self-Centric Activities. Little Regard to the Problems of others. Does Islam provide answers for Humanity?
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip. In a short televised address, Abbas said the agreement would go into effect at 7 p.m.
By: Evrim Ergin, Seda Sezer and Jonny Hog
REUTERS – Turkish shipbuilder Karadeniz Holding plans to send an electricity generating vessel to Gaza to provide urgently needed power in the enclave left reeling by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge that began last month.
By: Aysha Mercs
As you are probably aware there is a war crime happening in Palestine, as we speak there are missiles being launched into Palestine and thousands of people have lost their home, schools, hospitals and local amenities. The death toll in Palestine has reached over a thousand and their are children without parents, childless mothers and families torn apart. The money I raise is just a small amount that with your help can go towards rebuilding what’s left of the lives of these innocent people. As we go to sleep tonight in out warm comfortable beds the are those that are unable to Close their eyes through fear of being attacked. Please donate as much or as little as you can afford. 100% of proceeds raised go directly to Human Appeal through just giving account so that they are able to provide aid during this terrible time.
Organizing a massive dawah effort for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, bringing together over 20 Islamic organizations on an international level, and mobilizing dozens of volunteers originating from 6 continents is a task of epic proportions. With the help of Allah and the assistance of the local Brazilian community, the Islamic Circle of north America (ICnA)’s WhyIslam Project was able to take on the challenge. Starting June 10, 2014, a team of daees arrived in sao Paulo kicking off the World Cup by asking soccer fans, “What is your goal?” After some meetings with local volunteers and logistics coordinating, they began hitting the streets of sao Paulo on June 12th, which marked the beginning of the World Cup soccer matches.