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
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:
P.O. Box 784
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)
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
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
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)
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
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.
Leaders Urge Government to Sponsor Resolution on Islamophobia
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)
Launch at the House of Commons
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)
leads Delegation to Oldham
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)
Launch of the Forum Against Islamophobia & Racism
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)