In Trump’s world, there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ European Muslims

by Rashmee

Posted on June 9, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Funny though it may sound, to Trump all British Muslim men may look and sound like Mayor Sadiq Khan even when they don’t. So Donald Trump travelled to Britain and the following were excluded in various ways from his circle of amity: London Mayor Sadiq Khan and British Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Khan was publicly … Continue reading “In Trump’s world, there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ European Muslims”

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Muslims must weld themselves to wider communities in the face of Islamophobia

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The only certainty after the attack on worship­pers near London’s Finsbury Park mosque is that there will be more of the same. More attacks, whether copycat or retaliatory, by Islamist extremists or by those who hate Muslims. Sometimes, as at Finsbury Park, a visually distinct group of Muslims may be the obvious target. More often … Continue reading “Muslims must weld themselves to wider communities in the face of Islamophobia”

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In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Within hours of the March 22nd attack in London, politicians in parts of the Western world were calling for a ban on migration from the Middle East. It was an inflammatory and opportunistic demand and ludi­crously off the mark. The London attacker, Khalid Masood, was not from the Mid­dle East or North Africa. He was … Continue reading “In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem”

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Just say ‘no’ to violence: There’s a simple force in the Muslim Council of Britain’s message

by Rashmee

Posted on October 29, 2016


Last week, the Muslim Council of Britain, which describes itself as an independent non-sectarian umbrella body of more than 500 affiliates, voiced an idea breathtaking in its simplicity and power. The MCB said it would fight radicalization with a scheme that would focus on one message and one message alone. No violence. That’s right. Read … Continue reading “Just say ‘no’ to violence: There’s a simple force in the Muslim Council of Britain’s message”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK