Past Events

The City Circle is an open circle for open minds

New Zealand terror attacks: What next for Muslims?

Image credit: "Kiwis Love" Glen Jones Art

Date: Friday 22 March 2019

Time: 18:45 for a 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

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

Panel: Jacob Davey, Pasha Shah, Saba Zaman plus others TBC

On 15 March, Muslims came under attack when far right terrorists attacked worshipers attending Friday Jummah prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We now know that 50 people were killed and dozens more injured. Although London may be oceans apart from Christchurch, the shockwave has hit the Muslim community worldwide. One week on, we remain a community united in mourning.

While these attacks have horrified the world, are they really a surprise? Anti-Muslim hate crime continues to rise, and with right wing politicians, commentators and social media influencers frequently propagating anti-Muslim rhetoric, extremists appear to have a lot of ideological support. Earlier this week, security minister Ben Wallace warned that a far-right attack like that seen in New Zealand would be "perfectly possible" in the UK.

In this special talk, we will be asking what's next for Muslims? How can faith communities influence government? Do Muslim communities need to be more proactive in reporting and tackling anti-Muslim hate speech? And does the government now need to provide more funding and support to protect mosques and Muslim community centres?

Please join us together with a panel of professionals working in the media and advising government to help answer these and many other pertinent questions.


Jacob Davey, Research Manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue  @jacob_p_davey

Jacob a research manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a global counter-extremism organisation dedicated to powering new generations against hate and extremism. He co-leads ISD's research into the extreme right, specialising in the role of communications technologies in intercommunal conflict, the use of internet culture in information operations, and the extreme right globally. In addition leads on several projects focusing on piloting new approaches to disrupting and pushing back against extremist messaging online in partnership with civil society and tech-industry clients. He has provided expert advice to national and local policymakers on issues including the communication tactics of extremist groups, extreme right activism, and the delivery of online counter-extremism initiatives.

Pasha Shah, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)  @pasha123000

Pasha is a Senior Policy Advisor to the government, leading on community engagement, and played a pivotal role in the government's latest integration strategy.

Sunny Hundal, Journalist  @sunny_hundal

Sunny is a journalist and writer on identity, UK politics and South Asia. He is editor of Barfi Culture, a news-magazine that reports on the South Asian diaspora, and has written for most British newspapers.

Roohi Hasan, Senior News Producer for ITN  @rooITV

Roohi is an award-winning senior producer at ITN working on ITV News. Her journalism has taken her around the world, including America for the 2016 Election. She has covered some of the biggest international stories, including the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and has interviewed leading global figures. Her investigations have shone a light on British soldiers with PTSD, climate change in India, and the siege of Aleppo. Roohi has won awards and had her shows recognised by BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. This year she's also producing a new show called 'Young British and Muslim'. Roohi's great passion is mentoring disadvantaged youth personally and through Prince Charles’ charity, 'Mosaic'. She has written about this for the Financial Times.

Chair: Saba Zaman, Broadcast Journalist and Producer  @Saba_Zaman

Saba is an award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, with a specialism in making documentaries that raise important religious, ethical and moral issues, for the BBC and other major outlets.


If you have a question which you would like to put to our panel, please submit it by email to no later than 14:00 on 22 March.

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