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Mohammed Shafiq


Mohammed Shafiq
Born Mohammed Shafiq
(1979-01-25) 25 January 1979 (ageĀ 35)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Occupation Political Commentator
Religion Sunni Islam
Children Yes
Parents Khalifah Haji Muhammad Ramzan RA and Hajan Nasim Akhtar
Awards Fusion man of the year runner up 2008
Website
www.mohammedshafiq.net

Mohammed Shafiq (25 January 1979 in Manchester, England) is a founding member and chief executive of The Ramadhan Foundation, a leading Muslim youth organization in the United Kingdom. He is also Head of News and Politics at the Ummah Channel.

Mohammed Shafiq has spoken out against extremism and terrorism, and was the first UK Muslim leader to appear on BBC News to condemn the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack.[1]

Career

Shafiq was the project manager for the first Muslim Unity Convention, held in the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks in 2005.[2] In August that year he was appointed as press spokesman of The Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate group aimed at helping young Muslims in the United Kingdom and fostering interfaith dialogue.[3] Representing the Foundation, he has become a regular face across TV, radio and newspapers, responding to Muslim issues and making numerous statements on controversial subjects including forced marriages, honour killings, grooming of white teenagers, and drug dealers.[4][5][6][7] He has been accused by MEP Daniel Hannan of being a "rent a quote" beloved of journalists for his controversial views, [8] but more recently has been recognized for speaking honestly on controversial topics such as the cases of child grooming in Blackburn and Rochdale.[9] He was also the first UK Muslim leader to appear on BBC News to condemn the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack.[10]

Shafiq has been a Presenter and Head of News and Politics on the Ummah Channel (based in Blackburn) since Autumn 2009 and presents various shows including the Debate Night show.[11] Shafiq also regularly reviews the newspapers on Stephen Nolan's weekend late night show on Fridays at midnight on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Shafiq was a member of the organizing committee of the 2nd International Muslim Unity Convention held in October 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[12][13]

Rochdale sex trafficking case

In interviews and in published articles regarding the Rochdale sex trafficking gang, Shafiq has made controversial statements regarding members of the Pakistani community who have been involved in grooming girls, blaming them for harbouring a racist attitude towards white girls.[14] He observed there was an over representation of Pakistani men convicted of child sexual exploitation and on street gang grooming in which the majority of victims are white.[14] The groomers would exploit white girls for sex and abuse as "they should not have extra-marital sex with Pakistani girls inside their own tightly-knit communities".[15]

Personal life

Shafiq attended Springhill High School in Rochdale and Bury College.

He is a supporter of the Liberal Democrats, and is married with three daughters.[16]

References

External links

  • Ramadhan Foundation
  • Personal site of Mohammed Shafiq
  • Mohammed Shafiq Twitter
  • Ashahed Muhammad interviews Mohammed Shafiq in Geneva at the Durban Review Conference FinalCall.com
  • BBC News article
  • Youtube
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