I have been wanting for a while to bring together under a single cover my main blog postings concerning two issues that have particularly and long occupied me in my community work: immigration and Islam. While the two subjects appear unrelated, the connection is bigger than one might first think. Most Muslims living in the UK are first or second generation immigrants, although some have converted, from throughout the Muslim world. One of the concerns of some of those opposing excessive and uncontrolled immigration is that of the significant number who are Muslim there are some who refuse to adapt to British culture and values, and as for immigration generally, we as a country do not have the capacity to take in so many. Helping immigrants (both economic migrants and sanctuary seekers) and befriending Muslims has long been an important part of my community activism. Too often though, those who raise concerns are accused of racism, xenophobia and islamophobia etc., and those who govern us along with liberal types are too often dismissive when concerns are raised, and we are now seeing a polarising, divisive tendency on these matters. Many of these aspects and more are covered in my blogs.
Rather than write reams and spends lots of time doing so, I simply include the list of date stamped click onable titles of immigration and Islam (and Muslim) related posts, starting from the newest and ending with oldest. Inevitably there will be a good deal of repetition and development of thought as I have got to know more about these subjects and reflected on assorted aspects. There are also a lot of anecdotes shared, given these are subjects I have first hand experience and involvement. It is true there is a lot of (my) opinion expressed but I have tried to make these based on facts, mindful of the views of others. Rather than reproduce facts, a lot of which is in the public domain e.g. newspaper articles, I have referred to that which is found on the Internet via hyperlinks. Most Muslims are good people and some are my friends, yet we have a problem with Islam, especially of the radical ilk, evidenced by recent London and Manchester terror attacks, all with an Islam connection. Most immigrants are good people who contribute to British life and yet immigration can be problematic. This perception plus is evidenced by this being a major reason Britain voted to leave the EU. Sadly, the official narrative often ignores negative aspects, even responding by penalizing those challenging the status quo. I have tried to maintain a balance, taking all these considerations into account.
Last updated 13/10/17
08/09/17 Meet Your Muslim Neighbours
10/07/17 A conference to do with Muslims
22/06/17 When Tommy met Piers
23/05/17 Manchester bombing attack
28/03/17 Dr. Mohamed Pasha MBE
26/03/17 London terror attack (2)
23/03/17 London terror attack
07/03/17 Immigration, Refugees and Globalism
19/02/17 US President’s Refugee Ban
31/01/17 Islam, Immigration and Trump
29/01/17 Building a wall and banning Muslims
01/10/16 Does Islam promote violence?
14/06/16 Insights into Islam
03/06/16 A visit to the mosque (2)
07/05/17 Londonistan with Khan
31/01/16 Do we need a British Islam?
05/01/16 Sunni and Shia; Saudi and Iran
11/12/15 Banning Muslims
30/10/15 Southend Welcoming Refugees (3)
16/10/15 Southend Welcoming Refugees (2)
09/10/15 Southend Welcoming Refugees
29/09/15 Chrislam – a one world religion
07/09/15 Hymnigrants – Calais Shocker
05/08/15 Asylum seeking update (1)
20/05/15 Eid mubarak and gay sex
25/06/15 Invite to a mosque open day
24/03/15 British Muslims
06/11/14 The Immigration Debate (1)
17/10/14 Understanding Islam (2)
18/08/14 Understanding Islam
07/07/14 Islamic fundamentalism
16/06/14 Immigration and Malayalees
30/06/14 Are Britons racist?
15/04/14 A visit to the mosque