Yousuf Zubair

Yousuf Zubair

The author is an A-Level student who regularly writes articles on politics, education, religion and society. He brings his individual perspective as a young British person and practicing Muslim to these pieces. He tweets @yeezy_98 (twitter.com/yeezy_98?lang=en)

As a young British Muslim, I’ve been told to stay away from Google – why do I feel like a terrorist?

A few days ago, a German school announced that it had banned Muslim students from using prayer mats in order to stop them from displaying their religion “in a provocative manner”. I read this with a sad sense of familiarity; it reminds me of the sense of fear and anxiety that I myself feel as a young British Muslim in 2017. On a day-to-day basis, I am hyperconscious about where I am sitting in a café or a park, when I do my daily Quran reading — who around me might see the Arabic writing on my laptop screen or mobile phone app and feel threatened ...

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