What’s new at www.ihrc.org.uk?

What’s new at www.ihrc.org.uk?

Updates on what has been happening in the past week and upcoming events.


1. Intro
2. Press Releases
3. Alerts
4. Upcoming Events
5. Campaigns
6. Briefing
7. IHRC in Media
8. Multimedia
9. Shop

1. Intro

Why not purchase gifts from our shop for your loved ones this Eid, we have special offers available on selected items drop by if you are in the area. Eid offers include 20% discount on books use the code “EID 20”. We have new items in stock, look at the Shop section for more information.

IHRC is is holding the Decolonising the Mind course led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. For the London course you have the option of choosing either the 19th or 20th October 2013 9am-5pm book your tickets now, more information below. 

Please remember us in your duas, and consider giving us a donation by any of the methods below.  We rely on your contribution to enable us to support victims of hatred and violence.

The IHRC newsletter is here, and below you can find details on how to download it and distribute it. Other facets of IHRC’s work have been reported on including our hate crime monitoring activities and research in the UK and USA.

If you would like to donate you can:

Visit us on-line and donate here

Or call the IHRC office on +44 20 8904 4222 between 9am – 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on Saturdays

Or download a copy of our latest newsletter and fill in one of the donation forms and return to us.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter @ihrc or on Youtube channel IHRCtv.

2. Press Releases

Forwarded Press Release: Women & Children Killed and Urgent Action Needed to Stop Attacks against Muslims in Thandwe, Arakan State

Muslims of Thandwe being killed by Rakhine extermist groups.

A systematic new attack against Muslims of Thandwe in Arakan State began on Saturday. During last few hours the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) has received reports that many houses were burnt down in Dabru Shine village and Pauktaw village of Thandwe Township in Arakan State. According to our reliable source, some women and children were killed by Rakhine extremist groups.

Press Release: Seizing convict’s family home amounts to collective punishment

IHRC condemns confiscation of family home of Muslim man convicted of terrorism offences.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) strongly condemns ongoing attempts by Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to confiscate the family home of a Muslim man convicted of terrorism offences.

Forwarded Press Release – Prison inspector publishes deportation ‘concerns’ ahead of Pakistan flight tonight

Concerns about the escorts employed by the Home Office for deportation flights – Corporate Watch 

Forwarded from Corporate Watch: The Chief Inspector of Prisons published today a report raising “a number of concerns about the overseas escorts” employed by the Home Office for deportation flights. The stark warning comes as 30 detainees at Yarl’s Wood are on hunger-strike in protest at a mass deportation to Pakistan this evening. Supporters from the ‘Movement for Justice’ (MFJ) are gathering outside the Home Office this afternoon, arguing that “five of the eight women facing deportation to Pakistan tonight have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment from male officers in Yarl’s Wood. The attempt to deport the witnesses is part of the Home Office’s desperate attempts to cover up the scandal”.

3. Alerts

Reaching out to Muslim Prisoners this Eid

IHRC will be distributing Eid packs for Eid al-Adha to Muslim prisoners.

Following the successful distribution of Eid packs to 600 prisoners for the last two years, IHRC is organising to send more packs for Eid ul Adha 2013.  If you would like to donate please call us on +44 20 8904 4222 or email advocacy[AT]ihrc.org or donate on-line here:http://shop.ihrc.org/eid-packs-for-prisoners

You can pay for 10 packs at £50, 20 packs at £100 or 100 packs at £500.  If you want to donate a different amount please call us.

Action Alert: Mumia Abu Jamal: Life in the Balance

The story of Mumia Abu Jamal who has endured 30 years of death row isloation and prison brutality.

Write to Mumia Abu Jamal, who has endured over 30 years of death row isolation and prison brutality and continues to be imprisoned after suffering a blatantly unjust trial. Offer words of support and encouragement to heighten his morale. Also visit http://www.freemumia.com/how-to-help/ to find other ways to support him.

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc from 19 September 2013 to 18 February 2014 drop by if you are in the area. IHRC is delighted to host visionary photographer and artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail’s work at its gallery in Wembley, northwest London.

Help IHRC – Become a Newsletter Distributor

From just a few copies to a few thousand, help get IHRC’s message heard

Free Advice Surgeries – London, UK

Islamic Human Rights Commission offers free weekly Information and Advice surgeries every Wednesday. Our professional caseworkers can provide people with information and advice on a whole range of issues.

Our service is confidential, independent and free.

4. Upcoming Events

Decolonising the Mind – Training Course in London

London (One Day Course) – Saturday 19th October or Sunday 20th September 2013 9am-5pm. Book your ticket now.

Join us for this groundbreaking course.  This course will not be recorded or broadcast to encourage a free flow of ideas and expression.

Following the success of last year’s course, IHRC is delighted to be holding more Decolonising the Mind courses led by Sandew Hira from the International Institute for Scientific Research in the Netherlands. Hira is a leading critic of the new colonial discourse and the legacy of colonialism.

The cost of the course is £23 (full rate) and £18 (concessions). Buy your ticket by clicking here or here or you can call us on 020 8904 4222.

The concessionary rate is available to OAP’s, Students, the unwaged and regular IHRC supporters.

Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy

Evening with Ramon Grosfoguel on the current academic paradigms from a decolonial perspective. Ramón Grosfoguel: Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy

Tuesday 10 December 2013, 6.45pm – 8.45pm (GMT) at the IHRC Bookshop & Gallery

COURSE: Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival

Faculty includes Tariq Ramadan, Ramon Grosfoguel-Salman Sayyid, Houria Bouteldja and IHRC’s Arzu Merali.

The Center for the Study of Intercultural Dialogues (Granada, Spain) http://www.dialogoglobal.com/granada is now accepting applications for the 2014 two-week summer institute, Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival. Moreover, as a strong commitment to a vision of Critical Muslim Studies there are two symposiums organized inside the summer school every year: one on Islamic Feminism led by Asma Lamrabet (Directrice du Centre des Etudes Féminines en Islam au sein de la Rabita Mohammadia des ulémas du Maroc:http://www.annisae.ma/ ) and the other on Radical Muslim Reform led by Tariq Ramadan (Director of The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar: http://cilecenter.org/ ). 

Intifada Street: Revolutionary Arts

Coming to IHRC in 2014

Artist Mohammad Hamza joins us at the IHRC Gallery in Wembley, North West London in March 2014 to showcase his revolutionary arts. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

5. Campaigns

Free Talha Ahsan

Talha Ahsan is a British-born poet with Asperger syndrome extradited to the US in 2012.

October 5, was the day Talha was put into a black van from HMP Long Lartin and extradited to a US Supermax prison, now spending a year in pre-trial isolation in solitary confinement. Theresa May boasted “wasn’t it great to say Goodbye to Abu Humza & those 4 others” conflating cases as a cheap trick. 

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign

Find out more about Mumia Abu-Jamal and join the campaign for his release.

Eid Packs for Prisoners

Send a pack to a prisoner this Eid

Following the successful distribution of Eid packs to 600 prisoners for the last two years (see below), IHRC is organising to send more packs for Eid ul Adha 2013.  If you would like to donate please call us on +44 20 8904 4222 or email advocacy[AT]ihrc.org or donate on-line here.

You can pay for 10 packs at £50, 20 packs at £100 or 100 packs at £500.  If you want to donate a different amount please call us.

Know Your Rights: Schedule 7 Resources

A compilation of resources and links from IHRC in relation to the Schedule 7 and know your rights.

6. Briefing

How complaining about the media doesn’t work

How complaints procedure reinforce structural racism in the media. 

IHRC has argued for many years about the need for there to be a sea change in the way media operates in the UK.  In its seminal work The British Media and Muslim Representation: The Ideology of Demonisationby Saied R. Ameli, Syed Mohammed Marandi, Sameera Ahmed, Seyfeddin Kara and Arzu Merali (2000), the authors argue that just as views on other minorities, whether ethnic or religious, or defined by gender or sexuality, so too a significant shift is required vis a vis Muslims but also other groups who still face direct and indirect discrimination, demonisation and marginalisation by the media in the way they are represented.

7. IHRC in media

Britons to mark anniversary of Talha Ahsan’s extradition to US

Britons are to mark anniversary of Talha Ahsan’s extradition to US. British campaigners are to stage a protest in central London to commemorate the one year anniversary of the extradition of British-born poet and writer Talha Ahsan to a US Supermax prison where solitary confinement is employed as standard practice.

Saudi artist in London innovates in highlighting the aesthetics of the veil

IHRC: Muslims are main victims of racism in UK

Muslims in Britain have been the main victims of racism since the West’s so-called war on terror began in 2001, according to Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC).

IHRC referred to a recent study by race equality thinktank the Runnymede Trust, according to which racial discrimination is still widespread in the workplace for those who come from minority backgrounds. 

“For a long time now we have been saying that Islamophobia is used as a veneer for racism and xenophobia, and this report confirms it,” said Chair of IHRC.Massoud Shadjareh. 

8. Multimedia

UN sidepanel event on Egypt in Geneva – Video

IHRC’s chairman Massoud Shadjareh and Mohammed Ghanem in Geneva.

IHRC side panel event at the United Nations Human Rights council in Geneva. Discussion on the military coup in Egypt.

Visionary Awakening – Artist’s Reception for Nasreen Jamal al-Lail – Video

Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail’s Visionary Awakening’ Exhibition – 18 September 2013 to 18 February 2014 at the IHRC Gallery

If you would like to attend the exhibition, please drop by Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or Saturday 10am-6pm. School visits and speaking to the artist can be arranged please contact us beforehand at events@ihrc.orgor 02089044222

You can find further information on our website at:https://ihrc.org.uk/events/10580-visionary-awakening-

OIC Conference on Islamophobia: Law & Media, September 2013 – Pictures

Saied R. Ameli and Arzu Merali were invited by the OIC (c) Bashy Quraishy

Visionary Awakening: The Journey – Pictures

Pictures from the exhibition Visionary Awakening @ihrc

9. Shop

Hajj, the pilgrimage to the city of Mecca and one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. We have items for Hujjaj, more general works on Hajj for anyone interested in the meaning and philosophy of the pilgrimage and gift ideas for Eid.

You can make orders online, over the phone or just come in to visit us. We can post the purchases you make in time for Hajj – so start ordering! We also have Eid cards such as these which you can give to your friends and family.

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah

A practical and helpful guide that covers a complex subject in a straight forward and comprehensive manner. The author’s insights and observations, coupled with selected charts, maps and diagrams, help to prepare you for both your stay in Saudi Arabia and sacred Pilgrimage itself.

The Art of Hajj

The annual pilgrimage to Makkah was established by the Prophet Muhammad in the last year of his life (AD632). Over the following centuries the experience and importance of Hajj have been evocatively documented in countless ways. Highlighting the pilgrims’ journey across time, the sacred rituals of Hajj, and the city of Makkah itself, this beautiful little book features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, as well as calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork and powerful works by contemporary artists. The annual ritual pilgrimage to Makkah was established by the Prophet Muhammad in the last year of his life (AD 632).

Secrets of the Hajj by Ayatullah al Hajj ash Shaykh Husain Mazaheri 

What follows in this short book is a glance at the secrets of the Hajj, as expounded by the great scholar and teacher of Akhlaq (Islamic Etiquette) and `Irf an (Mysticism) Ayatullah al Hajj ash Shaikh Husain Mazaheri, presently living in Isfahan, Iran. 

Hajj is one of the obligatory acts in Islam, which must be performed by each and every Muslim who is able to at least once in his or her lifetime if certain conditions are fulfilled.

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