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'It is possible that some of my friends may imagine that I have been influenced by 'Mohammedans'; but it is not the case, for my convictions are solely the outcome of many years of thought,' Lord Headley, who adopted the name Sheikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq, said of his conversion to Islam in 1913 [Getty]

Muslim converts of Victorian Britain

By: Josef O’Shea Source: Al Jazeera London, UK – When Londoners elected Sadiq Khan as mayor of their city, it sparked fresh debate about the place of Islam and Muslims in Britain. Khan became one of the most popular Muslim politicians in Europe when he won 57 percent of the votes in London’s mayoral election as his Conservative opponent, Zac Goldsmith, faced accusations of running a divisive campaign. Today, Britain has a large and diverse Muslim population with just over 2.7 million Muslims living in England and Wales. In the late Victorian era, Britain presided over a vast empire in the East, which included millions of Muslims. When some of the most privileged sons and...

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Why Kashmir’s women-only buses are a success

By: BBC Source: BBC In one of her first decisions after taking over as the first woman chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti launched a bus service exclusively for women. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey goes for a ride on one of them to gauge their popularity. It’s 8:45 in the morning and the Srinagar Road Transport Corporation bus stand in the Lal Chowk area is deserted, except for a few transport department workers. This is the complex from where Srinagar’s new “ladies special” bus service sets off every morning at 9am for Kashmir University. I am joined by former university student Umaira Hassan who, until a few months ago, used to travel...

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Australia: rural town is a welcome oasis for Muslims

By: Brooke Boney Source: Nestled in the South West Slopes in New South Wales is the sleepy town of Young, the cherry capital of New South Wales – it’s not the first place to spring the mind when you think of Ramadan celebrations but the community of 7000 is growing, and it’s the Muslim community boosting the population. Abdulghani Albaf moved to the town for a tree-change with his family three months ago and says he hasn’t looked back. “Living in Sydney you realise that you get to a point where you just don’t have time to do anything,” he said. “You’re always running, running, running. It’s a big rat race. Eventually I just wanted to escape...

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