Research: British Muslim Women 71% more Likely to Be Unemployed


Discrimination against Muslim women in the workplace means they are much more likely to be unemployed than white Christian women – even when they have the same qualifications and language skills – research showed.

British Muslim women are around 70 percent more likely to be looking unsuccessfully for work, according to the University of Bristol’s Nabil Khattab, who spoke at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Glasgow, The Independent reported.

The recent national Labor Force survey showed the unemployment rate among Muslim women was 18 percent, compared with 9 percent for Muslim women and 4 percent for white Christian women. This has previously been attributed to Muslim women being less well educated and less fluent in English, but Khattab says his data shows the discrepancy is also likely to be explained by employer discrimination.

Khattab analyzed a sample of 2,643 from the national Labor Force survey to compare the rates of those looking for work without success. He adjusted the sample in order to compare women with similar educational level and language abilities and controlled for marital status, children and strength of religious belief.

He found that Muslim women were 71 percent more likely than white Christian women to be unemployed, even when they had the same educational level and language skills. Muslim women were 57 percent more likely to be unemployed than white Christian women.

“Economic activity among Muslim women in the UK remains considerably lower and their unemployment rate remains significantly higher than the majority group even after controlling for qualifications and other individual characteristics,” Khattab said.

He added that the conspicuousness of Muslim women’s religious background was likely to be a key factor in explaining their exclusion. “They wear the hijab or other religious symbols which makes them more visible and as such exposed to greater discrimination.”

Source: FNA

Fire causes damage to Turkish mosque in Greece


The roof and interior of a mosque in Greece were damaged in a fire, Greek foreign ministry said on Saturday.

The fire broke out at the Mahmut Aga Mosque just before Friday prayers in the city of Komotini in northeastern Greece.

According to an initial report, the short circuit is believed to be the cause of the fire, but the exact reason will be ascertained after a probe, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Konstantinos Kutras said in a press conference.

Komotini authorities told Anadolu that firefighters had to be called in to put out the blaze. The Turkish Foreign Ministry released a statement Saturday urging Greek authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident.

The Turkish ministry said that it expected Greece to take all necessary measures to provide peace and safety to the Turkish minority community living in Greece’s Western Thrace.


Source: ABNA

Iranian Leader’s Letter in Hands of European Youth / Photos

A group of youth in Cologne ( Germany’s fourth-largest city) welcomed Iranian Leader’s message to Euroupe, as scholars, intellectuals and academicians from across the globe continue finding access to the open letter of the the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to the youths of Europe and North America.

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Source : FNA

Islamophobia in Germany; Mosque set on fire in the university of Witten / Photos

A mosque was on fire in Germany on Tuesday morning in the university city of Witten, located in the district of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to German daily DerWesten.


The daily reported that an identified man was filmed from inside the mosque on Monday night at around 23.30 local time entering the mosque “Sultan Ahmet Cami” and pouring the contents of a gasoline can in the prayer room. After he reportedly set the gasoline on fire, he fled the scene using the entrance gate of the mosque. The man was reported to have entered the building from the back, via its window.

There were four families with children living in the building, but fortunately, the fire extinguished by itself. One of those living in the mosque, Veysel Arslan discovered that the smoke had filled the praying room as he woke up to morning prayer.

Arslan reportedly said, that he smelt something burning when he arrived at the praying room at 5.30am. He said, “At first we thought the tea burnt. But then we noticed the smoke in the prayer room.”

The police seized the crime scene and experts are examining the burn marks. Xenophobic attack has not been excluded from the investigation.




Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia sees first Quran reading in 85 years


The Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum accessible to all by the secular founders of modern Turkey in the 1930s and secular Turks are wary of any moves to re-Islamise the building.

A passage from the Holy Quran was recited late Friday at a ceremony in the Hagia Sophia to mark the opening of a new exhibition “Love of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).”

It was read by Ali Tel, imam at the Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, the official Anatolia news agency said.

The ceremony was attended by top Turkish officials including the head of the country’s religious affairs agency Diyanet, Mehmet Gormez.

Anatolia said it was the first recitation of the holy Holy Quran in the Hagia Sophia for 85 years.


Ali Tel (imam at modern Akseki Mosque) reciting a passage from the holy Quran.

The exhibition inside the Hagia Sophia is a show of calligraphic work in devotion to the Muslim Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and runs until May 8.

The magnificent edifice was constructed in the sixth century as a church in the Christian Byzantine Empire and was the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the former name of Istanbul.

When Ottoman forces under Mehmet II conquered the city in 1453 he ordered the immediate conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Islamic minarets were built around its Byzantine dome.

It served as a mosque until after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire when in the mid-1930s the authorities of the new Turkish state under secular leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered it to become a museum for all.

But under the rule of the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), co-founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which came to power in 2002, there have been noises about reconverting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc caused a furore in November 2013 when he indicated that he hoped to change the status of the Hagia Sophia, saying it looked “sad” but hopefully would be “smiling again soon”.

Greece reacted furiously at the time, saying such statements “are offending the religious feeling of millions of Christians.”

Auspicious birth anniversary of ‘Sayyida al-Zahra’ celebrated in Sweden / Photos

On the auspicious birth anniversary of Prophet Muhamamd’s daughter ‘Sayyidah Fatima’ a group of Muslims  In the city of Göteborg in Sweden at a booth called “hijab booth” asked non-muslims to try hijab for the first time and then write their feelings on a notebook. this might be the first encounter of some people with Islam. They also distributed 1444 pieces of cakes and 1444 roses.


“Muslims celebrate birth anniversary of Fatima al-Zahra every year but now we want to invite even non-Muslims to participate”, says Marjan Noory, who is involved in organizing the party. She hopes that even non-Muslims wish to participate in the festivities at Gustav Adolf Square.


“This is a great opportunity for non-Muslims to meet us and ask questions and doubts in their mind about Muslims believes and activities. Unfortunately there are still prejudices about the Muslim woman in western countries. I am a Muslim and the fact is that I choose to wear Hijab by my own decision and I am not forced to do that. Always my non-Muslim friends ask me that if I am forced to wear Hijab and is it not permissible for women to drive or have driving license?”

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This is an annual event in Göteborg. Here is some pictures from their last year party:

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