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   The Past Year at FAIR  

In the past year FAIR has successfully been involved in a number of important projects ranging from media monitoring and lobbying, as well as providing advisory support to the AMSS and British Council's British Muslims: Media Guide landmark publication.

Unfortunately FAIR has also lost one of it's most senior founders and Chair, the late Dr. Shaikh Zaki Badawi, a man of great vision and dedication who laboured hard to steer FAIR towards a focused and dynamic approach.

In March 2006 Dr. Anas S. Al-Shaikh-Ali was elected as the new Chair, with Dr. Mohammed Siddique Seddon and Lady Maryam Badawi accepted on the Board of Trustees.

Since March 2006 FAIR has contributed to a number of major conferences and events relating to issues of Islamophobia, Xenophobia and Racism.

FAIR's future strategy targets education in developing critical awareness of Islamophobia and racism.

FAIR has now moved to new offices in Richmond. Our new postal address and telephone numbers are:

FAIR (UK)
P.O. Box 784
Richmond
Surrey

Tel: 020 8940 0100
Fax: 020 8940 4014

The full press release can be viewed here.

   Dr. Shaikh Zaki Badawi OBE - Obituary  

FAIR is deeply saddened to announce the passing away of its Chairman, Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi. Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi passed away yesterday morning, Tuesday 24th January 2006 whilst attending a conference at the Millennium Hotel in London.

Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi was a well respected scholar of Islam and has made an enormous contribution to the Muslim community. He was a dedicated advocate of interfaith dialogue and was a leading figure in the British Muslim Community.

Along with being Chairman and Trustee of FAIR, Sheikh Badawi was Principle of the Muslim College and has also been chairman of The Arabic Forum, the Islamic Religious Council and the National Council for the Welfare of Muslim Prisoners. He is co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum and vice chairman of the World Congress of Faiths. Previously, Dr Badawi was Director of the Islamic Cultural Centre and the Chief Imam of London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park. He was also one of the founders of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists and a member of its executive committee since its establishment in 1999. He was also instrumental in establishing the Sharia Council as a facility to reconcile conflicts between Islamic law and the British civil code and was instrumental in negotiating with the Bank of England in establishing the first licensed Islamic financial institution in the UK. In 1984, Dr Badawi was elected chair of the Imams and Mosques Council of the United Kingdom which he continues to hold until this day.

Dr Badawi was educated at Al-Azhar University and the University of London where he obtained his Doctorate in the area of modern Muslim thought. His teaching posts have taken him to universities in Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi will be sorely missed by all. FAIR endeavours to continue its activities with the same enthusiasm and commitment that it received from its Chairman. FAIR prays that God Almighty rewards and grants him success in the next world and grants all those whose lives he touched the patience and perseverance to bear this inevitable loss. Ameen.

The full press release can be viewed here.

   British Muslims: Media Guide Launch  

FAIR has been actively involved in providing advisory support to the British Council in their production of the British Muslims: Media Guide landmark publication. This guide has been met with great interest and acclaim. The guide can be downloaded here.

Download British Muslims: Media Guide (PDF)

   FAIR Survey
  
Submission to Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Terrorism
   and Community Relations

In July 2004, The Home Affairs Committee (HAC) announced it would inquire into the impact of terrorism on community relations and social cohesion, including public concerns about the terrorist threat. In addition, the HAC would be examining the impact on relations between different sections of the community, any rise in and exploitation of racial tension, Islamophobia, and the consequences of anti-terrorist measures.

In compiling our response to the HAC, FAIR distributed a Survey to a cross section of both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities across the UK. The Survey was designed to allow participants to express their views on terrorism, Islamophobia, community and leadership, media and representation and Muslim achievements. Results fron the Survey have been used as evidence to support the arguments in our submission to the HAC.

FAIR's response to the HAC aims to highlight the impact anti-terrorism legislation and threat of terrorism itself is having on Muslim communities in the UK, the subsequent rise in Islamophobia, the role of the media, Muslim community leadership, and representation of positive achievements mabe by Muslims to British society.

For further information about the HAC's inquiry please click here

Download FAIR's HAC Survey (PDF)
Download FAIR's submission to the HAC (PDF)


   FAIR Survey
  
Counter-Terrorism Powers Impact on the Muslim Community in Britain

In December 2001, in its attempts to fight the threat of terrorism, the Government introduced 'emergency' legislation, the Anti Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA 2001).

In response to the Government’s Discussion Paper, entitled, ‘Counter-Terrorism Powers: Reconciling Security and Liberty in an Open Society: A Discussion Paper', FAIR compiled a survey aimed to assess the impact of the anti-terror legislation on the Muslim community in Britain as part of its response to the Government's Discussion Paper. The response paper was prepared in collaboration with the Al-Khoei Foundation and The Muslim College.

Download the Survey (PDF)
Download the Response Paper (PDF)

   Launch of 'Muslims on Education Paper'

FAIR is pleased to announce the launch of the Muslims on Education Paper. The launch was chaired by Baroness Uddin and Dr Sheikh Zaki Badawi at the House of Lords on Wednesday 9th June 2004. The paper was jointly produced by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK), the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR UK), FED 2000 and the Muslim College UK. The aim of the paper is to highlight concerns of the Muslim community in the present education system and to push for Muslim educationalists to be given a role in the consultation process where national and local education policy is being formulated.

Download the Muslims on Education Policy Paper (PDF)
Download the Muslims on Education Launch Agenda Press Release (PDF)

   Dr. Zaki Badawi Receives Honorary Award

On April 7th, 2004, Dr. Zaki Badawi received an Honorary Knighthood (KBE) from Home Secretary David Blunkett in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Race Relations and the Muslim Community in the UK. In 1998 Dr. Badawi similarly received an Honorary OBE by then Home Secretary Jack Straw. Dr. Badawi is Principal of the Muslim College London, and Chair of the ‘Council of Imams and Mosques of Great Britain’. Dr. Zaki Badawi is also Chairman of FAIR and co-founder of The Three Faiths Forum.

   Muslim Group Give Evidence to Privy Council on Anti-Terrorism Legislation

In May 2003, FAIR made a written submission to the Committee of Privy Counsellors, appointed by the Home Secretary to review the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, presenting the effect of the legislation on the Muslim community in Britain.

In the written submission FAIR have stated, “The ATCSA 2001 is viewed as being targeted primarily at Muslim communities and also leading to the greater criminalisation of Muslim communities in the UK… There are no clear safeguards or systems of accountability to prevent the disproportionate uses of the powers (in the legislation) … The lack of safeguards allows for these powers to be applied in a blanket and indiscriminate manner giving rise to a culture of fear and insecurity amongst vulnerable Muslim communities.”  
 
   FAIR campaign: Time to make a difference
There is currently insufficient protection for Muslims in the UK. Unlike some minority groups, like Sikhs and Jews, Muslims are not protected under the Race Relations Act 1976 or the more recent Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. New legislation to implement the EU Employment Framework Directive in the UK will mean that Muslims will, for the first time, be protected against religious discrimination in the sphere of employment. However, this new legislation will not extend to other social policy areas as is the case with existing race, sex and disability legislation. (more) 
   Muslim Leaders Urge Government to Sponsor Resolution on Islamophobia
Sixteen prominent leaders from the Muslim community have signed a letter from FAIR to four Ministers of State at the Home Office and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office urging that the British Government should sponsor a draft resolution for the UN Conference on Racism & Related Intolerances proposing that Islamophobia be recognized as a form of xenophobia, and, like Anti-semitism, a form of Racism. (more) 
  Book Launch at the House of Commons
On 16th July 2001, FAIR held a book launch at the House of Commons to mark the publication of the new book by Mr Paul Findley, entitled 'Silent No More'. The event was hosted by Lord Ahmed of Rotherham. (more)
   FAIR leads Delegation to Oldham
A delegation led by FAIR visited Oldham on a fact-finding mission on Sunday 24th June 2001. Meetings took place with a number of community groups including the Pakistani Youth Association and the Bangladeshi Youth Association. (more)
   Official Launch of the Forum Against Islamophobia & Racism
Over 200 guests joined the Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Jack Straw, at the official launch of FAIR, the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, on Tuesday 22nd May 2001. Amongst the guests were representatives from the United Nations, various Embassies, Government departments, statutory sector agencies, media agencies and numerous faith and community based organisations. (more)