Ismail Patel is the author of The Muslim Problem: From the British Empire to Islamophobia.
He is also Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and the Chair of the UK based NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa.
Items by Ismail Patel
- January 4, 2024 Ismail Patel
Global civil society is increasingly galvanising solidarity with the Palestinians as Israel’s genocide in Gaza continues. Activists for justice and peace from around the globe have designated 13 January as a global “day of action” for Gaza. The call for global action follows nearly 12 weeks of demonstrations held in...
- November 21, 2023 Ismail Patel
Since the Hamas-led attack of 7 October, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has repeatedly stated that Israel has an absolute “right to defend itself“. White House spokesperson John Kirby went even further, saying that there were “no red lines” that Israel could cross in its assault on Gaza. With these utterances, the US and the UK have given Israel...
- November 9, 2023 Ismail Patel
As Israel intensifies its massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, an institutionally Islamophobic narrative is being promoted in the UK. Almost immediately after the conflict erupted, Home Secretary Suella Braverman stigmatised those seeking justice and peace, advising British police to consider whether flying the Palestinian flag or chanting slogans could be...
- April 16, 2022 Ismail Patel
Masjid Al-Aqsa has been in danger since the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem began in 1967. Since the occupation, the Israeli authorities have allowed Israeli extremists to intimidate and violate the sanctity of Masjid Al-Aqsa. However, in the past decade, the attacks on Masjid Al-Aqsa have been directed by...
- February 21, 2022 Ismail Patel
Aqsa Week and the Sufi connection to Al-Aqsa Sanctuary: Rabiah Al-Basri, Imam Ghazali and Baba Farid
The Quran states that the land of Al-Aqsa is “blessed”. The Sufi interpretation of “blessed” land is not a reserve for material gain or exclusively for humans, but the land is “blessed” to benefit all creations. It also includes deeds performed within Al-Aqsa being more generously blessed. Hence, blessed land...
- February 19, 2022 Ismail Patel
The occasion of Aqsa Week (24 February to 2 March) reminds me of how the Sufis celebrate the love of Masjid Al-Aqsa – the Al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. Before discussing two great Sufis, Abd Al-Ghani Nabulusi and Ibrahim ibn Adham, it is essential to note that Sufis from across the...