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Leeds imam advises 'counter-extremism' review into use of Sharia law

A Muslim cleric from Leeds is to play a leading role in a review into of the use of Sharia law in England and Wales.

Qari Asim Credit: Press Association

Qari Asim, imam at a mosque in the Hyde Park area, is advising a panel of experts that will lead a review launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

Mrs May announced the process as part of the government’s counter-extremism strategy.

She said there was evidence some Sharia councils encouraged "discriminatory and unacceptable" practices, including forced marriage and divorces that are unfair to women.

“A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern. There is only one rule of law in our country, which provides rights and security for every citizen."

– Home Secretary Theresa May

Work on Lincoln mosque is well underway

Work on mosque is well underway

Fundraisers behind a mosque that is being built in Lincoln say they have almost raised the full £1.6 million pounds needed to complete the project.

Work is already well underway on Boultham Park Road in the city centre with more than £1.3 million having been raised. The chairman of the Islamic Association, Tanweer Ahmed, says he is hopeful the building could be completed by September with only £280,000 left to find.

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So how many Easter Eggs will YOU get?

Chocolatiers work on the hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs and rabbits at Betty's in Harrogate Credit: PA

Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.

That's according to research from the website MummyPages.

The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.

83%
The number of mums who ration their child's Easter Egg chocolate intake.
  • 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
  • 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
  • Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:

  • Books (83%)

  • Toys (63%),

  • New clothes (57%)

  • Home-made gifts (43%)

  • Special family day out (40%)

  • Gift vouchers (33%)

  • Home baked goods (33%)

  • 56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets

  • 19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs

  • Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).

Communities unite to condemn Brussels attacks

Muslims and Christians in Lincoln have come together in condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday which killed more than thirty people.

Richard DaleImam, Tanweer Ahmed and The Revered Bruce Thompson

After an open air service at the city's Stonebow, members of the Lincoln Churches together group held a procession to join with Muslims at the end of Friday prayers. The chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln said the atrocities in Belgium go against everything his religion stands for.

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Muslim leaders take to social networks

Importance of using social media Credit: PA

More than 100 religious leaders and scholars will discuss how they can more effectively engage with young Muslims at a digital summit in Bradford today.

They will take part in a day of networking, presentations and workshops as they look at the ever changing nature of modern communication and the need for religious leaders to become effective in using new media to reach young Muslims.

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter will be at the event, in the Cedar Court Hotel, to provide expert analysis and training in social media.

How to tackle Islamophobia, how to maintain integrity of Muslim institutions and how to bridge the generational gap are among the issues said to be most affecting the Muslim community in the UK today.

Celebrations across region to commemorate Prophet's birth

Celebrations took place across the region to commemorate the birthday of the Islamic Prophet, Mohammed.

Members of the Muslim community in Sheffield came out to celebrate the founder of their faith's birth over 1,400 years ago, by processing through the city.

They were joined by dignitaries and representatives from other religions as part of the festivities.

In Leeds, a similar celebration took place, with people handing out roses as a symbol of peace, and a balloon release.

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