Islam

World religions

The religious profile of the world is changing.

What Muslim pilgrims travelling to Mecca can teach us about the refugee crisis

Living a frugal life on the Hajj helps us understand the plight of those who have nothing to rely on but each other.

A conversation with a Muslim London taxi driver after the Paris attacks that should shame us all

"What am I supposed to tell my son? When what he sees about Islam on the news isn't what his religion is about."

15 things I learnt about Islam and British values as a gay boy living opposite a mosque

We all love tea, are really polite and tut rather than saying something, no matter our religion!

Why is halal meat in the news?

Animal rights come before religion Is this always the case? And how much do most of us think about either of these when we are buying meat?

We don't care how an animal lives, only how it dies

We don't really want to know about filthy pens and crippled animals, so why are we concerned about methods of slaughtering?

Allah vs atheism: 'Leaving Islam was the hardest thing I've done'

A growing number of Muslims are speaking out about losing their faith, but it can mean being shunned by their families, or even threatened with death

It's time the media treated Muslims fairly

Nearly all news stories about Muslims are negative. This acceptable form of bigotry is tearing society apart.

Public perceptions

In Great Britain we over-estimate the scale of some issues - but so do other countries.

I wanted to tell the inside story of Islam

Ed Husain is the author of the controversial book 'The Islamist'. Here he explains what life is like on the inside of extreme Islam

In a generation, everything has changed for British Muslim women

Personal account: A mother and daughter both married men from Pakistan... but their circumstances and attitudes towards divorce could not have been more different

Fully veiled women hinder progressive Islam

Toleration is good but not when it prevents a fair trial or free speech

They are right to ban the burka, even if it is for the wrong reasons

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is in favour of banning a garment which is 'a statement about the position of women'

Faith symbols

There is overwhelming public support for the freedom to wear small religious items at work... but not for the burka

The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith

Some personal accounts of what attracts many Britons to Islam

There is nothing petty about abuse and threats

This writer looks at the issue of online bullying, starting with a Muslim girl in a beauty contest who received internet abuse from all sides

Strong religious belief is no excuse for intimidation

The right to free speech is being eroded because people don't want to offend others

The illegal, underground ballerinas of Iran

Dancing is illegal in the Middle Eastern state, but that hasn't stopped renegade ballet teachers and students from staging classes in secret.

A cartoonist's response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks

The acclaimed graphic artist and journalist Joe Sacco on the limits of satire - and what it means if Muslims don't find it funny

The right to offend

The French magazine Charlie Hebdo was rude, crude and offensive. Exactly the qualities which are essential for real freedom of speech.

A Hair-raising price for being too honest

Janet Street-Porter discusses the case of a women who was paid compensation for 'hurt feelings' when she didn't get the job she wanted