Junaid Ejaz

The author is an accountant graduate who is working in the public sector. He is an avid reader of books on politics, history, classics and languages. He loves to inspire and be inspired. He considers himself a food connoisseur and a global politics cognoscente.

It is about time British Muslims proved their loyalty to Britain

In the wake of the recent London attack, nearly 500 imams refused to offer funeral prayers for the terrorists responsible for the atrocity that took numerous innocent lives. While the British public was coming to terms with the tragedy in Manchester, only a couple of weeks ago, they woke up to another inhumane attack. And sadly enough, it was done in the name of Islam once again. The Muslim community in Britain has long been facing struggles in the name of culture and religion; they have been facing ethnic divides within the community itself, identity dilemmas and growing levels of anti-social behaviour amongst their youth. The two tragic events that ...

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September 13, 2013

Banning the niqab in Britain: How very Taliban of you

A recent ban on the niqab, introduced at the Birmingham metropolitan college, has sparked huge controversy among the communities in Birmingham and across the United Kingdom. Over 9,000 students across the UK signed a petition against this decision made by the college administration. While a large number of political activists have condemned the decision, College Principal, Dame Christine Braddock DBE, described the ban as promoting robust equality, diversity and inclusiveness. She further stated that she is committed to ensure that students are provided with a safe and welcoming learning environment whilst studying there — a truly ‘British way of life’. I ...

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Is the golden era of British education over?

I was in London with tens of thousands of students from all over UK who were gathered outside the parliament protesting against the recent announcement by the British government to cut funding for higher education and increase the tuition fee. Students held placards and banners and chanted anti-government slogans. They looked defiant, outraged and disgusted by the government’s plans to lift a cap on the current tuition fees and leave the universities to choose to charge a variable fee. This march was the biggest in the recent history of student movements in the UK. What propelled the protests? The  demonstration was held ...

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