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Descendants of WW1 Muslim soldiers and white officers uncover shared history: video

On 31 October 1914, Sepoy Khudadad Khan became the first Muslim recipient of the Victoria Cross, the nation’s highest award for bravery. To mark this anniversary, this new film from British Future explores what happened when descendants of WW1 Muslim soldiers came together with descendants of white WW1 Indian Army officers to learn more about their shared history at the National Archives

“I owe my existence to Indian army Muslim soldiers” – Paddy Ashdown

The former Lib Dem leader joined British Future at an event with descendants of Muslim soldiers and white officers who fought side-by-side in the WW1

‘Love Actually’ videos show Muslim and Jewish communities are Great Together

Across the country, young Muslims and Jews have been getting together and finding out all they have in common in the lead-up to The Great Get Together

From the Somme to Sangin – a century of Muslim service to Britain

As we come together to remember 100 years since the Somme, Steve Ballinger reports from an Armed Forces Iftar marking a century of Muslim service to Britain

Leicester Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs come together to learn shared WW1 history

A new Leicester project is bringing together members of the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities to learn and celebrate their shared history of contribution to Britain in the First World War.

Trump not welcome in UK after anti-Muslim hate speech

Donald Trump's call for a blanket ban on Muslims visiting America raises questions over whether the UK should consider barring him from the UK on hate speech grounds, writes Sunder Katwala

New WW1 Centenary project tells unknown story of Britain’s Muslim soldiers

A new project announced today seeks to raise public awareness during the First World War Centenary of the 400,000 Muslims from undivided India who served in the British Army in The First World War.

A decade after 7/7, where is the Muslim integration debate headed?

Ten years on from the terrorist attacks in London, questions about the radicalisation of young British Muslims have been raised again after stories emerged of British citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in 2014.

‘Poppy Headscarf’ launches to mark centenary of first Victoria Cross for Muslim soldier

A new ‘Poppy Headscarf’ launches today, backed by the Islamic Society of Britain, to raise money for the Poppy Appeal and offer British Muslims a new way to mark Remembrance.

Legacy of Sikh and Muslim soldiers of WW1 explored

British Future’s recent study into public attitudes to the First World War centenary showed that the single biggest increase in public knowledge about WW1 relates to the contribution of soldiers from the Empire and the Commonwealth who fought for Britain. Things Unseen produced two radio programmes looking at the contribution of Muslim and Sikh soldiers, why they fought, and the importance of that historical legacy now.

British Muslims unite to condemn ISIS as “Un-Islamic State”

Muslim leaders in the UK have come together to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to help de-legitimise the extremist group ISIS, starting with refusing to acknowledge their preferred title “Islamic State”. The open letter to the Prime Minister was, coincidentally, published just hours before ISIS released video footage of the murder of British aid worker David Haines,a dreadful reminder of the senseless violence that the group employs, writes Joe Cryer.

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Marking a century of Muslim service in British armed forces

An event has launched a new Armed Forces Muslim Forum, committed to deepening relationships between the armed forces and Britain’s Muslim communities, writes Sunder Katwala.

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A million British Muslims reject extremists on poppy wearing

One million British Muslims support wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Day, showing just how marginal the views of “anti-poppy” extremists like Anjem Choudary are, writes Steve Ballinger.

Ahmed’s award winning commemorative paving stone.

Muslim student wins prize for designing first world war paving stone

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles yesterday announced the winners of a nationwide competition to design a special paving stone to commemorate each of the Victoria Cross (VC) recipients of the first world war, writes Steve Ballinger.

Muslim women in Hyde Park, London. Photo: Roberto Trm

Black Muslim immigrants among most disadvantaged, Oxford academic argues

The black Muslim community is experiencing the highest levels of prejudice in the country, Professor Anthony Heath told a meeting at the House of Commons.

How can shared history help integration in Bradford today?

Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, spoke at Bradford’s Cartwright Hall at a British Future event to explore how greater understanding of the First World War contribution from the Indian Army’s Muslim soldiers could help integration in Britain today.

Video: Bradford youth rap remembrance of shared history

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Bradford explore, in a new video, how remembering our shared history can help integration today.

‘We’re still fighting battles we should have won 10 years ago’ – Conservatives & minority voters fringe report

Minister Sam Gyimah joined British Future, Modern Britain and ConservativeHome at a party conference fringe debating how Tories can reach out to BME voters.

52 minority MPs to sit in ‘most diverse UK parliament ever’

12 new ethnic minority MPs will join 40 others to make the 2017 parliament the most diverse ever, writes Sunder Katwala.

New ‘City-region’ mayors can fill integration ‘policy vacuum’ at top of politics

All candidates in the mayoral elections for England's new 'city-regions' should support the appointment of a 'deputy mayor for integration,' says a report.