Past Events

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One Ummah: The Big Lie

Mixed multi-ethnic group at Mecca

Date: Friday 3 August 2018

Time: 18:45 to 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP


The UK Muslim community is one of diversity. Through our religion we are taught to accept every Muslim as our equal with complete disregard to their gender, colour, nationality or ethnicity. Yet black Muslims experience racism from their brothers and sisters in Islam and Muslim women face sexism despite the equality awarded to them by their religion.
This open forum discussion aims to confront racism and sexism in Muslim communities around the UK, including in our institutions, mosques, organisations and community partnerships. The panel discussion will present issues as well as seek to offer solutions.


Hayaati Njuki - Hijabi Model

A pioneering Hijabi model who is a public speaker on women’s rights, women’s empowerment and social justice. An advocate for recognition of UK East African Islamic beauty.

Danjuma Bihari - Community Griot

A community scholar, historian, anthropologist and public speaker. A Windrush activist, a compulsive reader who is an advocate for cultural heritage awareness and education.

Ruqaiya Haris - Muslim Feminist Activist

A consistent writer, journalist and blogger on feminism. An advocate for gender equality in faith and secular based communities.

Rakin Fetuga- Muslim Chaplain

A community worker, poet and soon to be author. He is the founder of Sunlight Education. He is a full-time secondary school teacher and a senior project manager of Rumi’s Cave.


Ismael Lea South - BME Community Consultant  @south_lea  

The director of The Salam Project (social enterprise) who works consistently in various Muslim (Convert/Revert) and African/African Caribbean communities around the UK. He works in the fields of Intervention, empowerment, advocacy, engagement, conflict resolution, BME interfaith and community networking.

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser: