Muddassar Ahmed, The Independent

Muddassar Ahmed

The Independent

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Past articles by Muddassar:

Dear conservatives, as a Muslim I feel your pain after Christchurch – but I can help you move past the guilt and denial

I know it’s not easy to see your beliefs hijacked by terrorists. It has been happening to me my entire adult life. And even now, I struggle to know how to react → Read More

New Zealand attack shows social media is part of the problem

The Christchurch attack shows how rapidly social media can be exploited to reach a global audience. → Read More

New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedom

It is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants. For too long terrorist have used them with impunity. → Read More

Imran Khan extends the hand of diplomacy – but India’s far-right are spoiling for war

“All wars in history were miscalculated. With the sort of weapons we both have, can we afford any miscalculation?” Those were Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s words to India yesterday. → Read More

When Mohammed bin Salman and Theresa May meet on Wednesday, they could set the scene for the end of the Syrian war

When our Prime Minister and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meet in London on Wednesday they could make noteworthy progress in the path towards resolving the conflict in Syria. They both need to prove themselves to an audience that domestically is divided yet enthusiastic, and internationally is unsure or even sceptical. → Read More

It's time for the EU to walk back its friendly trade agreement with Burma, acknowledging the suffering of the country's Rohingya Muslims

“Can you find a better word to describe it?" That was UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ response when he was asked whether the Burmese Government’s murder, rape and displacement of almost half a million of its own citizens was “ethnic cleansing”. → Read More

What a difference a week makes in UK politics

This Thursday the weary residents of the UK go to the polls. It is only two years since the last general elections, the first time since 1974 the vote has been held in such close succession. For many this will be the third time they will be visiting the polling booth in the space of a year. The past year has brought incredible political energy and excitement to what is normally, for many, a… → Read More

Theresa May is morphing into Donald Trump – and she won't be making Britain great again anytime soon

“What would Donald Trump have to say for you to criticise him?” a room of frustrated journalists asked Theresa May. Not everyone is ready to rename Theresa "Trumpesa", but there are good reasons to do so: the package is different, but the contents are the same. → Read More

Salman Abedi wasn't a lone wolf – he was a known wolf, and the Muslim community tried to warn us about him

“What more can a law abiding Muslim do?” asked an exasperated radio host yesterday morning, after it emerged that the Manchester bomber’s family and friends tipped off MI5, who then missed five opportunities to stop him. → Read More

Growing up in a Muslim community, our families were told how to vote. Now I'm crowdfunding an election war chest to change that

Growing up in East London in the 1990s, I remember two Muslim attitudes to British elections. The ultra conservatives and borderline extremists told Muslims to sit out the vote entirely, equally suspicious of all the parties. → Read More

We need to start telling our own stories

The Arab News/YouGov poll on US attitudes toward the Arab world confirms a suspicion that I have harbored for a very long time: When it comes to issues pertaining to Islam and the Middle East, many mass media consumers in the US and Europe have been systematically misled over a period of many years. → Read More

I set up the Muslim-led fund for the victims of the Westminster attack – this is what I want to say to my fellow Londoners

“This can't be real”. Those are the words I heard over and over as I and several MPs and staff looked out of the window at Portcullis House and saw a car slam into the railings. Someone mentioned Jo Cox. Someone else – a Muslim – muttered a prayer for safety. In the last year I’ve worked in Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia – but only in London have I felt sheer terror. → Read More

Makkah: Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has set out an inspiring future for the Kingdom at a time of global economic volatility. But to fulfill this, a critical step will be to revitalize the holy city of Makkah. Vision 2030 recognizes this. Envisaging the Kingdom as “a global hub connecting three continents, Asia, Europe and Africa,” and as “an epicenter of trade and the gateway to the world,” Saudi… → Read More