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A Historic Day
Memories of a historic day: The Global Peace & Unity Event 2005.
More than 25000 Muslims and non Muslims came together under one roof to celebrate the global message of peace and unity.
Motivational speakers and inspiring nasheed artists conquered the hearts of thousands making 4th December 2005 a memorable day in the history of Islamic events.
The spellbinding and mesmerising memories of ‘The Global Peace & Unity Event’ are now available on a 4 pack DVD set.
The DVDs includes the entire broadcasting of the show with additional features such as:
Behind the scenes
Islam Channel Staff in full activity towards the preparation of the grand day.
Countdown – A day just before the grand event. Where you can see the Islam channel team and artists keyed up to the final preparation. Special footage from Ahmed Bukhatirs rehearsals on Saturday.
Exclusive interviews
Bonus CD to include personalized interviews with the speakers and artists such as Imran Khan and Zain Bhikha.
Kids Stage
Exceptional footage from the small stage where young stars presented an outstanding performance.
The Grand Day
The entire electrified day including all the talks, nasheeds, performances and a crowd of 25000 people from the eyes of the camera to your TV screen.
These amazing moments are now available for you to relish and enjoy at home with your family and friends.










A Just Faith

Those who enquire about the basics of Islam are usually told about the “five pillars” of the religion. These relate to faith and to practice, but at a deeper level it might be said that there are two truly great pillars which support the whole edifice of faith, writes Shaykh Hasan Le Gai Eaton. These are peace and justice.

An Ummah of Purpose
The weeks after the london bombings of 7/7, the most deadly to strike the capital since the Second World War, have seen testing times for British Muslims, writes Yahya Birt. The challenge ahead is to focus our sense of moral purpose to tackle extremism, protect our freedoms, and work towards a long-term strategy of intellectual
and civic engagement.

Something Has Gone Wrong
One day after the 7th July bombing, London-based think-tank, Ihsanic Intelligence published a two-year study, The Hijacked Caravan, unequivocally condemning suicide bombings done in the name of Islam. Critics were aplenty. Yasmin al-Mas takes a look at the study and finds it an important scholarly step in challenging the so-called ‘Islamic’ justifications for terror.

Postscript: Panning Panorama
In the wreckage of the London bombings lie some tender pieties about the harmlessness of the radical streak in inner city Islam, writes Abidullah Ansari.

A Diabolical Responsibility
Former MI5 operative David Shayler’s whistleblowing landed him in jail, but his criticism of British intelligence is still as sharp and controversial as ever. In the aftermath of the London bombings, he spoke to Sonia Malik about the competence of the security services, the “diabolical” impact of the Iraq war and why it’s time to scrap the MI5 and MI6.

Who’s Taking The Blame?
Now that we have imams in Britain standing up and publicly condemning terrorist acts as anti-Muslim and against the teachings in the Quran, Calvin White wonders if pressure might be put on Christian leaders to take a similar stand.

Location, location, location

Fatima Durdane’s poetry explores the dark lives of 7/7’s suicide bombers.

Those Muslim women are at it again!
Fauzia Ahmad and Imran Tyrer ask if it is time to move beyond tabloid coverage of young Muslim women and address more relevant issues.

Pat Tillman, our hero
Dave Zirin pays tribute to an all-American war hero who turned out to be a conscientious objector to the Iraq war. And that was after he died.

Burma’s dirty little secret
John Jackson on the Rohingyas - Burma’s embattled Muslim minority and their struggle for recognition.

Recognising Israel or selling out?
M. Shahid Alam on why general Musharraf is on a mission to legitimise Israel.

Welcome to prison Gaza
Once the dust of withdrawal settles, Taris Ahmed argues that Palestinians will find the path to peace in shambles and their struggle for a state stymied.

Write Mind:
Drunk at Birth

Although according to the Islamic worldview we are all born naturally pure, little Abdullah Bradford was born with a hangover and a bad habit.

A Druid’s curse on Q-News, “Islamic Trojan” fights online smut, New York’s Hasidic Taliban, “Dear Palestinian Bomber”, So, did Allah make us funny?, Goodbye Barbie, Salam Fulla!

Vox Populi
Q-Readers respond vociferously to the London bombings, BBC’s Panorama program and the state of Muslim university students.

Q New : The Muslim Magazine

November 2005, Issue 364
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Four months after the tragic events of 7/7, it is time for introspection. Hopefully the media and political circuses are now behind us. As headline writers rest their tired clichés, politicians lower their shrill cries and civil servants take a breather, we must not forget that these are days of destiny. The reinforced new image of Islam as a ‘threat’ to society combined with both the introduction of new legislation and a new official mindset are developments likely to stay with us for years to come.

Everywhere change is being forced. The government’s indifference to the issues and concerns of British Muslims is no longer acceptable. Lethargic civil servants, doctrinaire social workers and analysts together with bumptious anti-racist activists have been pushed to re-evaluate the situation. But with Birmingham burning, jihadists still on the prowl all over the place and ‘our boys’ still in Basra, is it a matter of too little too late?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. It is neither a ‘yes’ nor a ‘no'.

Here, we must remember, we are talking about processes. The Home Office Task Force was a necessary but insufficient condition. Some of us enjoyed the spectacle of civil servants who - despite all the signals - lived in a make-believe world of red herrings. When Home Office Minister Hazel Blears left Whitehall to ‘engage with the community’ it was within the dynamic matrix of interfacing with people identified ‘useful’ in dealing with the most earth-shattering issue confronting British Muslims - as identified by the Faith and Diversity Unit: that of forced marriage and honour killing.

Despite the effort of New Labour control freaks, a few did make it to the consulting table but the vast majority remained trusted party apparatchiks and those addicted to Home Office crumbs. When the one hundred or so members of the Task Force finally met in Windsor in mid-September it was obvious that some bells were ringing: The consultation was the most diverse ever by the government, a big improvement from the pre-7/7 days when the issue of engagement had become a simple matter of talking to an umbrella body.

In a few weeks time the final report of the Task Force will be published. My advice is not to expect miracles. But do expect a shibboleth: the suggestion of setting up a National Advisory Council of Imams is as likely to contribute towards fighting terrorism as the new draconian anti-terrorism laws. Under-paid and under-trained imams working under the diktats of ignorant mosque committees and rash and harsh laws are not the best of weapons in fighting a metaphor - what the war against terrorism really is.

The proposal aimed at engaging with young people (especially university students) intellectually is much more sensible. But any such engagement needs to be broader than just one restricted by a political or sociological analysis. It needs to be deeper in order to expose the religious underpinnings of the aberration of terrorism and violence. The only acceptable counter-argument, for instance, to those sold on the idea of suicide-terror has to be primarily rooted in the theological, moral and ethical understanding of Islam.

But other things have been happening too. Nothing, however, has been more ill-advised and sinister than comments by Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). His attacks on multiculturalism and “warning” that Britain was “sleepwalking our way to segregation” smacks of hypocrisy, shallowness and Islamophobia. Phillips comments would have been just another peccadillo from a New Labour darling if it was not for the fact that he heads a public body funded by tax money that is taken seriously on matters of community affairs.

Over the years the CRE has not been renowned to champion the causes or interests of British Muslims. But since Mr Phillips took over the CRE’s anti-Muslim crusade has attained new unacceptable levels. Behind his sugar-coated speeches is a discernible streak of contempt for Muslims and Islam. His castigation of multiculturalism - with all the pomposity of a Guyanese Fukuyama - is preposterous, particularly to Muslims. Though the primary victims of the multicultural experiment - headed and supported by the CRE all these years - Muslims have never really been allowed to be part of the debate.

It has been claimed that the disbanding of the CRE would not be good for the anti-racist movement. That is bad news. But few British Muslims would shed a tear for an organisation that has betrayed so much Islamophobia over the years. The CRE - in its present condition - is a liability to Britain’s dynamic and vibrant visible minorities: a white elephant belonging to another age.

The troubles in Birmingham are, unfortunately, a signal of the difficult future that awaits us. Time has come to roll up our sleeves and deal with real issues: one of racism within the British Muslim community and of Islamophobia within the anti-racist movement. It is time for honest and courageous warriors of change to go to battle and for spinmeisters and cronies to look for new pastures.

Fuad Nahdi



A Pope’s Progress
Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to Islam has placed him at marked odds with his predecessor, leaving many to conclude that the future of Catholic Muslim relations looks bleak. But Abdal-Hakim Murad says, there is more to this Vatican traditionalist than meets the eye.

Just Enough Religion to Hate
After the London bombings, Muslim communities have been told that they need to challenge extremism and zealotry in their midst. Well, argues Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, it is not too much Islam that is the problem, but too little. In this exclusive excerpt from an address at London’s Friends House, he calls on British Muslims to reject calls for a reformation, come to terms with the true meaning of jihad and struggle for a truly just society.

My Soul is not yours to Possess
Robin Soans has been accused of being an apologist for “people’s wickedness”. Yet, even after the London bombings he is unbowed. His brilliant and controversial new play, Talking to Terrorists, challenges audiences to understand the motivations of those who murder for a cause. He spoke to Abdul-Rehman Malik about why terrorists aren’t psychopaths, the lure of resistance and the ideological war that is threatening us all.

Shelter from the storm
Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans underwater and her people divided by race and class. Kelly Izdihar Crozby chronicles her flight from the chaos.

The X Factor
Malcolm X’s contribution to the civil rights struggle both unified and transformed black politics in America. But his developed political strategy was largely informed by his own spiritual re-awakening, inspiring him to pull Black American leaders and organisations together into a common objective. With tensions between British Muslims in the aftermath of 7/7 spilling over onto the news pages, what can we learn from Malcolm’s legacy?
Mohammad Siddique Seddon reflects.

The Nightmare after the Nuclear Holocaust
60 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the possibility of self-destruction has not dimmed. Ihsanic Intelligence looks at the legacy of the world’s first and only nuclear holocaust.

Demanding withdrawal
Dave Enders reports from Baghdad on why it isn’t just the Sunnis who want the Americans out.

Ramadan Counterculture and Soul

Ibrahim N. Abusharif explains why Ramadan helps us step outside our cartoon world.

Worry Beads

In times of stress, when most people reach for an aspirin, the Muslim is likely to reach into his pocket and come up with a string of beads.

Seeking prayers for La Paz
Shaid Latif travels to Bolivia and finds a community of hope and warmth, struggling to establish itself against the odds.

The Lore of the Rings

Nadir Nahdi on Nathan the Wise.

Le Grand Voyage

Abdul-Rehman Malik on Ismael Feroukhi’s quiet masterpiece.

Praise the Ashes, Whither Karachi

Yasser Chaudhary on a series that united the nation, and the England-Pakistan tour that has already hit rough waters.

ffan Chowdhry on missing prayers, remembering Balakot before the earthquake and the cerebral joys of academic life.

Roots to Reckoning
Muhammad Ali, the Black Panthers and Omar Sharif are just a few of the individuals featured in this exhibition of iconic and evocative images of London’s black experience.

Classic Q
Travelcard to Jannah
A funny thing happened to Munib Chelebi on the Northern Line. He learnt something about wearing your faith on your sleeve and being proud of it.



The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 'No one can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.'

Sahih Al-Bukhari

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