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'I don't recognise those Muslims'
A survey of British Muslims by a right-leaning think-tank has suggested that younger Muslims are more likely to be attracted to political forms of Islam - Sharia law, Islamic schools, wearing the veil - than their parents.

It also suggested that multi-culturalism was an outdated concept and government policy was making matters worse, not better. But not all young Muslims agree with this latest picture of modern Britain.

FAIZA ALI, 25, SOUTH-EAST LONDON

I am a second-generation Muslim. My parents spent the first 20 years of their lives in their country where the emphasis was on culture.

When they came to Britain, they had a lot less money. Their primary goal was to put food on the table.

The second generation has more time to investigate and explore other avenues. They spend more time looking into religion.

Muslim women shopping
Multi-culturalism is an outdated concept, the report suggested

The opportunities we have now were not even available at the time.

The Asian culture is much more diluted now so that part of our lives is much less important. Religion has filled that gap.

More Muslims of my age wear hijabs than our parents' generation.

I don't think it was a fair survey. The indicators for fundamentalism are not whether you would wear a hijab. It is whether you are willing to blow yourself up.

Islamophobia is becoming a growing problem. People seem to get scared. When they hear about a Muslim, they think of terrorism and the media are encouraging this image.

I want to highlight we can live in this country under a British government. I don't know who those Muslims are that want to change everything.

We are not those crazy people that want to convert everyone into Islamists. We want to live peacefully in this country.

NASIR AHMED, 30, EAST LONDON

I don't see what all the fuss is about multi-culturalism.

I go out with my friends. I go to pubs but I just don't drink. I eat with them but I don't eat non-Halal food.

When I have to pray, I take breaks. I don't pray five times a day, I go once a week. I'm not that religious.

My parents are more religious than me but I am under no pressure from them saying why do I mix with whites.

A mosque
Nasir Ahmed prays once a week

I don't see any problems abiding with the British law. If someone didn't like it, I would tell them to go back home.

If you come to a different country, you should abide by the rules.

Most of my friends are quite educated. They are in good jobs and earn good money. They also interact with British people.

I am not sure this is a fair picture of how British Muslims feel. Most of my friends feel the opposite way. I don't see why you need Sharia law. Things are more-or-less perfect.

Reality is completely different from what we read in the papers. An English person with no Muslim friends will think this is the way Muslims feel.




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