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What are the difficulties of living in Britain if you are of the Muslim faith?

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What are the difficulties of living in Britain if you are of the Muslim faith? There are many Muslims living in Britain. Figures suggest nearly 2 million reside in Britain alone. Most of the Muslims came from Pakistan, with the Middle East and North Africa. Many more came from Bangladesh, with India also contributing significant numbers. The largest Muslim communities are in London, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Lancashire and central Scotland. Most belong to the Sunni tradition of Islam, which accounts for 90% of Muslims worldwide. Only a small proportion of British Muslims are Shi'as. Sunni Muslims are the largest denomination of Islam. They are referred to as Ahl ul-Sunna (Arabic: ??? ?????; "people of the tradition"). The word Sunni comes from the word sunna (Arabic: ??? ), which means the tradition of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Sunnis are also referred to as Ahl ul-Sunna wa-l-Jama'ah (Arabic: ??? ????? ????????) (people of tradition and congregation) which implies that the Sunnis are united. They represent the branch of Islam that came through the caliphate, which started with Abu Bakr. ...read more.

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But they have put down deep roots, and they are Britons who happen to be Muslims. They continue to face discrimination and disadvantage: Bangladeshis and Pakistanis together have a long-term unemployment rate nearly three times greater than people of West Indian descent. In the inner cities, nearly half of all Bangladeshi and Pakistani adults are out of work. Again, the number of Muslims in prison in England and Wales rose by 40% in the four years to 1995 to account for nine per cent of the prison population, although Muslims constitute only about four per cent of the entire British population. A recent report identified "Islamophobia" as a problem besetting British Muslims of every generation and background: an irrational fear of Muslims as people bent on imposing their religious and political views on the rest of society, if necessary by force. But the problems they face here are intensified by some of the acts committed in the name of Islam by people who most Muslims disown. ...read more.

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Also there has been a lot of controversy on the death of the Brazilian man in the underground. Many say the police are treating Asian people with less respect than white citizens. The government does many things to make peace with the Muslim population. However in recent events, Jack Straw, the Leader of the House of Commons and MP for Blackburn, has said that he asks Muslim women who have meetings with him to remove their veils so they can talk "face-to-face". This caused a huge up-roar amongst the Muslims. In conclusion I believe that being a Muslim in Britain is a very strong thing to be able to do. To have that mix of cultures and that combination of lives is extraordinary. However the recent events have stirred many people and it could eventually lead to a rebellion. To stop this from happening I believe non-Muslim British citizens should learn more about the religion itself and maybe from then be able to understand the Muslim people more. Sources: BBC news and Wikipedia. Essay by Jack Minty 10w ...read more.

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