The Muslimah’s Renaissance
The Muslimah’s Renaissance is “an Islamic Awareness Week campaign of workshops for ISOCs … to be hosted at 20+ universities in spring 2014,” according to its website. Islamic Awareness Week, an annual series of lectures and workshops held on university campuses across the UK, is a campaign run by the Islamic Society of Britain, one of the oldest Muslim Brotherhood institutions in Britain. The Muslimah’s Renaissance speakers are Alima Ashfaq and Sahar al-Faifi.
Alima Ashfaq has worked in a leadership position for the AlMaghrib Institute, founded in 2002 by Muhammad Alshareef, an outspoken anti-Semite who has written a paper entitled “Why The Jews Were Cursed”. She has also worked for the UK Islamic Mission (UKIM), an organisation “founded by individuals wishing to promote the message of the Jama’at-e-Islami in Britain”. Her Twitter account suggests that she wishes to see Israel destroyed:
Sahar al-Faifi is a senior FOSIS official, and claims to have worked for the Cordoba Foundation, an organisation identified by David Cameron as “a political front for the Muslim Brotherhood”. She is a self-described “Islamist” who has expressed hatred for Shia Muslims and argues that women who dress provocatively are responsible for sexism:
@AbdulAzim what about the Rothschild Jews and their branches in Palestine, would such genetic research effect their banking empire …
— Sahar Al-Faifi (@SaharAlFaifi) September 3, 2013
Supporters of the Muslimah’s Renaissance include Mohammad Akram Nadwi, who is endorsed by anti-Semitic suicide-bombing enthusiast Yusuf Qaradawi; Omar Suleiman, also of the AlMaghrib Institute; and Fatima Barkatulla of extreme Salafi group, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA).