Arab Today, arab today student leadermuslims face many problems on uk campuseser
Last Updated : GMT 19:15:12
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Student leader : Muslims face many problems on UK campuseser

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Student leader : Muslims face many problems on UK campuseser

London - Irna

mpuses associated with Islamophobia, according to Alaa\' al-Samarrai of the Federation of of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS).  Samarrai, FOSIS vice president for student affairs, is particularly critical of the Conservative-led coalition government for adopting right-wing policies but believes that Muslims should individually and collectively work together to combat the issues.  “One of the biggest challenges faced by Muslim students on campuses today are the implications of the Prevent (extremism) agenda and the impact that is having on universities and the pressure on them to act and scrutinise their students,” she said.  In particular, a by-product of the pressure on lecturers to spy on Muslims students and Islamic societies is that “by de fault they (students) are assumed to be the cause of the problem,” she told IRNA.  Last week, Samarrai was among the main speakers at conference at London University focusing on Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim hatred on UK campuses organised by the Enough Coalition.  In an interview with IRNA, she spoke about the extent of the issues suffered by the estimated 250,000 Muslim students in Britain.  “Muslims in general, face problems to practice their religion openly on campus with the type of speakers they bring into campuses and generally just the overarching news stories about students being spied upon on campus,” FOSIS vice president said.  She also cited some of the numerous examples of Islamophobic attacks, both physical and verbal, including the recent case of three Muslim male students being stabbed on campus when leaving their rooms.  “Others include sisters wearing hijabs, who are attacked either physically or verbally because they are visibly Muslim,” she said but admitted that the scale of the problem could be much larger as many cases of hate crimes were under reported.  There was also the issue where niqab was banned at a college when she said there was “no logical reason to it” and added to concerns about prohibitive legislation being passed in Britain against Islamic symbols as has happened in other European countries.  “It is really shocking and upsetting and does create a fear that it may spread and become more prevalent in our society,” Samarrai said.  “All feed into what is acceptable and not acceptable. The challenges to the notion what is comfortable to be Muslim, like women who wish to wear the niqab,” she said.  The student leader believed that it was first up to Muslims to speak out and exercise their democratic rights by becoming involved with their universities and student union.  “There is definitely an element to be involved, to speak out, be empowered, take action yourself and don\'t expect others to do it for you,” she said.  There was also incidents of institutional racism which she said is really harder to spot but needed to be addressed by collectively working together to combat.  The extent of the problem, Samarrai said, was that there were different forms of hatred towards Muslims in Britain, including being an ethnic minority, the colour of your skin, looking a bit different.  “They may not know your faith, but there are issues associated with you being Muslim, they think you must be an idiot, you must prescribe to these views,” she said.  There were also “irrational fears” about the Islamification of Europe, those linked with racism and also to do with immigration blamed for causing economic problems.  “The establishment needs to take a long hard look at itself, especially the new Tory government has done a lot already to anger Muslims,” Samarrai told IRNA.  She suggested the coalition needed to revise the Prevent agenda and the way they have approached relations with the Muslim community, including not engaging with many groups and leaders that causes a “very negative impact and sends the wrong messages.”  One of the reasons, Samarrai suggested, was the way the government had surrounded itself with advisers and was “worryingly saying things that right-wing groups are propagating.”  “It was very disappointing to see the government adopting such policies without the need to see who the representatives really are of the Muslim community,” she said.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today student leadermuslims face many problems on uk campuseser Arab Today, arab today student leadermuslims face many problems on uk campuseser

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today To release new antiques collection

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection
Arab Today, arab today Optimism on the front line

GMT 07:24 2017 Monday ,20 February

Optimism on the front line
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic
View News in Arabic - Education: كتب ومراجع وأبحاث
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 14:04 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

"Lagom" new Swedish concept in interior design

GMT 21:49 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Scientists develop new therapy

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday