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Racial Hatred Destroys Home Of UK’s First Muslim Female Band

(h/t:Asif)

By Sameera Ehteram (Carbonated TV)

The community center where the band started has been completely gutted in the attack, which was suspected to be racially motivated They had been receiving anti-Islamic hate mail for some time now. Ulfah Arts and Media spokeswoman Sarah Javid said “Over the last two months our CEO (Prashant Singh) has been receiving hate mail which has been anti-Islamic.” “He also received a DVD which was full of race hate messages. “Mr Singh has no idea why anyone would have a personal vendetta against him or the organization. But the fire has destroyed everything. It’s destroyed equipment, but also all of our projects, some we have been working on for over a year.”

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The Ulfah Collective comprises of Muslim women from Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, some Arab countries and Jamaica – with ages ranging from 13 to 42. The core team of the band is five members but expands to 14 members for larger performances.

The varying backgrounds and cultures bring together different interpretations of Islam that are heard by women-only audiences. The group writes its own lyrics as well as vocal compositions and only uses a hand drum in their performances.

Their music is universal and apart from traditional Islamic songs, includes songs from the literature of other faiths such as the gospel.

Hate crimes against Muslims soared in the UK during 2013. Hundreds of anti-Muslim offenses were carried out across the country, especially after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby by two Islamic extremists in Woolwich, Southeast London, in May.

Britain’s biggest force, the Metropolitan police, recorded 500 Islamophobic crimes in 2013, up from 336 in 2012 and 318 in 2011.

The fact that the figure may actually be higher than reported is extremely disturbing – but it is a fact. Nearly half of the 43 forces in England and Wales had not revealed how many hate crimes targeted Muslims.

Some officials even admitted not always  recording the faith of the victim.

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  • Nur

    You should READ more carefully. Where did I mention the Middle East, and/or how did you come to the conclusion that all Muslims live in the Middle East.

  • kyle

    The middle east was more stable under the ottoman empire: fail.

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  • sirernestbarker

    Hi Friend,
    I wrote a note to you on another thread on this site, from a couple weeks ago, oddly that one too about the purported hate-motivated sacking of a building, a mosque in France I think….

    Ok it was the mellifluously monikered Meximieux mosque. Anyway please look up my comment addressed to you.

    Thank you

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Fascists never tell the truth because the truth does not serve them. They’re just mad dogs, filled with hate. They have black souls and empty hearts.

  • Nur

    These are the people who claim that Muslims don’t speak up when violence is done in the name of Islam.

    Hopefully, they can see why.

    Muslims did not create the world in which the terrorists were born and thrive. All of the 300 years of colonialism, and conquest, and 2000 years of spreading Christianity in the name of European prosperity are adding up. Former actions of the UK and the rest of the western world, who build their homes and civilization soaked in the blood of the indigenous cultures they destroyed created the world we live in now.

    I hate to say this, although I hate violence, and condemn it, and denounce it, I don’t own it, and don’t feel the need to have my house burnt down in the name of speaking against it…simply, because I didn’t create it.

  • Anonymous

    Its Ironic, they claim that they want to “free” muslim women from the “big bad brown man” and yet at the same time destroying a place where women are free to express themselves.

  • mindy1

    Sad, they would use hate to destroy women teaching tolerance >:(

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  • John Smith

    These are the same people who claim that Islam “oppresses” women yet here they are, burning down community centers where women can meet and flourish. Disgusting hypocrites.

  • Ahmed

    Sad. I feel disgusted at those rats who dare ruin another’s life to sate their repulsive hatred.

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