The British Home Office said that Muslims were the target of 45% of hate crimes recorded between March 2020 and March 2021, prompting the Muslim Council of Britain to condemn the “pervasive form of bigotry” and the threat it poses, especially to young Muslims.
In continuation of irresponsible provocative practices, a teacher showed a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the students of a British school in Batley, West Yorkshire, prompting parents to protest outside the school which apologised and suspended the teacher.
After a widespread criticism by the media, A UK school retracted the threat of legal action against a Muslim student over “too long skirt” and apologized to her family as she was prevented from attending school for months, which was considered as persecution.
The BBC removed the social media interview clip with Zara Mohammed, the Secretary General of the Islamic Council in Britain, after criticisms of it being biased against Muslims. The BBC promised to diversify its staff to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
In an admirable step, the Muslim Council of Britain elected “Zara Mohamed", 29 years old, as the head of the council for the coming four years, asserting the fact that Islam highly regards women and youth.
Literature and culture can play a pivotal role in combating extremism. A study by the University of Cambridge on terrorism and Islamophobia analyzed the books for young adults published in Britain after the attacks of September 11, 2001 until now.