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Cafe Sci: Muslims in Britain – History, Diversity, Evolution & Reform


Dilwar Hussain

Chair, New Horizons in British Islam

This session will cover a brief history of the presence of Islam and Muslims in Britain and will introduce the notion of internal diversity and the most important sects present in the UK in order to set the context. The presentation will then focus on some of the current topics of debate around Islam and the response of Muslims, including the need for reform if there is to be a meaningful way forward in the process of integration.


Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details


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  • Ash C.

    Short report on this very interesting talk here :

    1 · November 22, 2014

  • Julie G.

    I'd very much hoped to attend but I'm struggling with my health. So freeing up a space but will follow the dialogue here. Peace Love and Light.

    November 13, 2014

  • michael

    I'm very much looking forward to this meeting. It should prove very interesting and educational. I will be bring a friend. Michael

    November 12, 2014

  • Rayaan

    So yeah there are many things muslims can do in the west and there are many they can't... And many muslims fail at many things as well.
    It is much more difficult to follow Islam in the West than it is in a muslim countries. There are no local mosques in most areas. You can't eat most food as it isn't HALAL. Lots of fitnah around. Can find yourself a bit isolated if not many muslims live in your area.

    PLEASE NOTE: I am no alim / scholar / expert on islam, so I ask you all if you really want to find out about islam seek an expert – ALIM.
    EG if you want to find out about medicine, you don’t ask any joe bloggs in the street do you? You ask a dr or a consultant in that area of speciality etc. A tip for the ignorant, try reading the Quran before you voice your opinion.

    Below useful links : the Holy Quran

    October 23, 2014

  • Rayaan

    Can muslims and non-muslims work together? Yes. They do all the time and quite comfortably without the need to compromise anything.
    Can muslims and non-muslims be neighbours? Yes. Many are and hold very good views of each other. Also many muslims take the opportunity to do gentle dawah to their neighbours.
    Can muslims and non-muslims be friends? Yes. As long as you respect each other's beliefs, you can be good friends.
    Can muslims make responsible citizens? Of course! Muslims have a duty by Islam to live as responsible citizens! Can muslims take part in social events with non-muslims? Generally no. Because most "social events" take place in a pub or some other place with lots of alcohol and fitnah going around.
    Can muslims and non-muslims be in relationships? Hmm.. Yes and No. The "People of the Book" rule, even then it doesn't usually work too well. This one’s a little complicated, trust me - so ask an alim on this one.

    October 23, 2014

  • Rayaan

    Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you.

    As a muslim, I would never fool myself into thinking that I could "fully integrate," nor would I want to. Ponder over this objectively:

    • As humans no matter how objective we think we are or even try to be we are all slaves to human nature and we can’t help but be judgemental to some degree.
    • Although we might be able to adapt to cultural behavior, would those in that culture accept us? HONESTLY, NO... well not the majority and we all know it.

    October 23, 2014

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