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Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation

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Prevention of Radicalisation'Prevention of Radicalisation' has been a recurrent theme of Universal Peace Federation UK programmes in recent years. During this event, kindly hosted by Baroness Verma in the House of Lords, Dr Emmanuel Dupuy offered a french perspective and included some of the recommendations of the French Senate Delegation report on 'The Local Authorities and the Prevention of Radicalisation' (published April 11, 2017). Humphrey Hawksley, Keith Best, Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy and Dr Afzal Ashraf raised a range of perspectives and provoked contributions from the audience. (Video Playlist )

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Prof Akbar AhmedRenowned scholar Professor Akbar Ahmed is on a tour around Europe on a research project to write a book on, 'Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Empire'. Last night UPF-UK had the honour to host one of the programmes on the tour. The tour is being supported by 'Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue' represented by Prof. Peter Morey and others last night. One of Prof. Ahmed's team, Asmaa Soliman, who is also a core team member of YouthUPF, was the MC and one of the main organisers of the event.

Professor Ahmed explains, 'The lessons of a society in which different religions and cultures can live together, create art together, and worship freely while respecting each other, is a desperately needed model to guide us today.' He highlights several eras in European history, like Cordoba's 'La Convivencia' when this occurred. Please see below for the written exlanation of the Tour.  Photos http://bit.ly/1taBM3P

I had the opportunity to introduce Universal Peace Federation and mention Father Moon's response to 9/11 was to sponsor three intra-Muslim dialogue conferences in Jakarta, London and Washington DC at which the then President of Indonesia (Gus Dur) Wahid and his wife participated along with many other dignitaries from across the Islamic world.

Read more: Professor Akbar Ahmed's 'Journey into Europe' Tour Hosted in UPF-UK HQ

Imam Sajid Islamophobia: Hostility and Discrimination against EU Muslims is denial of their basic Human Rights in Europe: An Islamic Perspective. Are Muslims new Jews of the current century? By IMAM Dr Mufti Abduljalil Sajid.

Islamophobia is on the rise across Europe as Muslims suffer widespread discrimination, physical attacks and verbal abuse, a new European Union report has revealed in a detailed report from the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.

Read more: Islamophobia - Discrimination Against EU Muslims is Denial of Human Rights in Europe

Recommendations. It recommends in particular that they should:

  • take the lead in promoting a public debate on integration and other issues relevant to ethnic minorities that avoids polarisation, antagonism, and hostility among communities;
  • take steps to counter the use of racist and xenophobic discourse in politics;
  • oppose publicly and vigorously all manifestations of Islamophobia;
  • review a number of policies in the light of the prohibition of direct and indirect racial discrimination.

For Further reading see the following:

Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid’s “Islamophobia: A new word for an old fear.” 9 June 2005.Available at : http://pressthat.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/islamop.pdf

For Anti-Semitism Runnymede Trust published a report (1994) “A Very Light Sleeper: the persistence and dangers of anti-Semitism” (London: Runnymede Trust) – (1997) Islamophobia: a challenge for us all (London: Runnymede Trust) For a summary of the 1997 report, see here

http://www.runnymedetrust.org/publications/pdfs/islamophobia.pdf

For the follow-up report from 2004, 'Islamophobia: Issues, Challenges, and Action', see here

http://www.insted.co.uk/islambook.pdf

Read more: Imam Sajid Islamophobia Recommended Reading

Regents Park Solidarity Visit

Youth Universal Peace Federation (UPF) members visited Regents Park Mosque today to 'Walk Hand in Hand and Shoulder to Shoulder to Heal our Communities'. Supported by Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy, the Muslim Council of Britain Education Committee Chairman, the group of young and old UPF activists from several different faiths, were introduced to Sheikh Imam Khalifa, the Imam of the Regents Park Mosque. He reflected on the current situation of the Muslim community. He shared that humanity all have the same heart and spirit given to them by the creator but we developed differently due to Allah's wisdom. We should not harm another community because of those differences. (Photo Link)

Read more: Youth UPF visit to Regents Park Mosque