Muslim Eye | Breaking boundaries
A month into “Muslim Eye” and already we are breaking barriers and redrawing new borders. The Eye’s interview with Bilal Abdul Kareem, the American journalist reporting from Aleppo was the meeting of kindred spirits and hearts beating for the same cause and perceiving the world with a parallel vision.
In just this short space of time, we have managed to examined issues facing Muslims across three continents, in Asia and the Middle East, in Africa and in Europe. Some of the highlights include our reports on the situation in Bangladesh, in Indonesia, a report on the two parts of Sudan’s, Ethiopia and Yemen. We have also reflected the picture of hope in the battle against Racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism here in the UK.
Our aim is to present the “Muslim Eye” from whatever part of the world that you live. “Muslim Eye” is the reflection of your lives and of the issues that concern you most. Our principles are firmly based on the hadith narrated in Muslim when the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said, “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”
However, concerns at the ‘Ummah’ are not just political, the “Muslim Eye” aims to a place of expression for young Muslims not only in the West but in every corner of the world. This month, we introduced you to the poetry of Negla Abdalla on issues facing Muslim women in the West today. Our ‘Ummah’ is forever changing and developing in different and challenging ways.
As the interest in our website increases, we hope to be guided by your input and your concerns, we hope that you will use the space to connect and share common experiences. It has been a pleasure to meet like-minded professionals who have a great deal of enthusiasm about the ‘Ummah’. Many feel like Hussein Shirwa, the CEO of Fajr Up who we featured this month in our In Focus report that Islam is part of our identities, it is who we are. His simple idea of uniting the Muslim world but allowing one Muslim to wake up another Muslim anywhere in the world is symbolic of the work being done by the small team here at ‘Muslim Eye.’
We want to unite and we want there to be mutual love and affection for one another without creating barriers with those who have not yet become Muslim or those who never will. We feel it so important that Muslims do not see themselves as ‘victims’ or as being ‘oppressed,’ not because there are not Muslims in the world that have wretched lives, but because there is so much to celebrate, so much to be thankful for about our lives, about our people, about our customs, about our traditions, and about our Islam.
From the Editor