‘Grown up’s are extremely boring because, they are always on their phone’s & also answering calls and ignoring their children….but in some way’s they’re quite nice, like giving sweets. But the bad ways are always bad.’
‘I have never felt like anywhere else was home, until I returned back to London. It’s so many things at once. You can sit in the park all day and see tree’s or you can come and observe the urban nature of the city. London’s great.’
‘Our community likes to blame a certain community for all the going-on’s in the world. Like Islam. But it’s not about Islam, it’s about terrorism, something apart from Islam. The mosque is just down the road in the heart of the community and it’s a space that doesn’t feel separate.’
‘The more people I meet in the area I live, Tower Hamlet’s, the more I see how many muslims in the community are involved in relief aid.
Poverty has started to hit people beyond the working class & it’s even effecting the middle class. People like the junior doctor’s can’t even afford to live in London. Most of the wealth in the world is owned by the 1% of the world and no-one wants that. They laugh at us as they don’t think they need us. Uber driver’s and Deliveroo drivers/riders went on strike and won. It shows the power of the worker.
Why spend your life living in ignorance?’
‘My mum really cares for me. Sometimes people say that money is what makes you happy, but it really doesn’t. You think money makes you happy, but it’s not something that gives you happiness. Everyone in the world needs happiness, there no two way’s about it. It’s like when I don’t my aunty in a while, I don’t feel as happy.
My family supports me and that is what makes me really happy. I’m addicted to football and basketball, I love football because I want to be a footballer when I grow older. I want to play for my favourite team Arsenal. I want to go to a football academy….but I also want to be a police officer. I believe in god & feel like he is always close to me. I believe we have to pray. London is my city. My home is here, my aunty is here, when I leave the country, it never feels the same.’
‘I am not from London, but Southampton & have been homeless for quite a while now. I am not a drug addict, nor an alcoholic and don’t have anything until I’ve been in London for a few months. I have disowned by most of my loved one’s & most people don’t want to know me….at least my sister still love’s me. A muslim man walked up to me one day, offered me a job, took me to Matalan for new clothes & gave me a opportunity to have a new life. Just out of pure kindness.
If I had to convert to a religion, it would be Islam. If understood the Quran a lot easier & understood the my own perception for the religion. I don’t know much about religions but I know: God made me in his image and he love’s me.’
‘I run a circle for all sisters, regardless of what background they’re from. Living in cosmopolitan London, it’s nice to see the diversity and variety in acceptance in our society. I’d say my main piece of advice is to just go an meet a muslim if you want to find out more about it all and each different story behind each individual.’
‘My best bredren was a good muslim. He did my proud when we were together. He prayed for me everyday. He had my back.’
‘I would say money is the route cause of all evil, that’s what I would say. Wars and social problems are all caused by money.
The happiest day of my life was when my daughter was born. She changed my life. The moment showed me what life had to offer.
I grew up in a quite racist area, but honestly, I’ve never have truly experienced racism. It use to baffle me when people use to ask me how it felt to live in such an area, when I had never truly felt it.’
‘I’ve been doing performance for about 6 month’s now. I just love making people smile and making their day’s happy. I feel quite privileged living around London. I get how hard it is nowadays to stay here.
In regards to what’s being put out on the media, it’s damaging. I have lots of Muslim mates and they’re not like that at all and it’s just something pushed by the media. You’ve just got to do the best you can.’
‘I guess that they feel like that they have a right to comment on it. They always ask why I wear that as if it wasn’t my choice. I love London, I was born here, it’s my home. I love how diverse it is. I feel free to practise my faith. Right now I feel like there is a lot of avenue’s & opportunity for me. I love physic’s. I think it comes easy to me and just makes sense.’
‘Oud is oil based & no alcohol, so most Muslim’s use it. It’s longer lasting so more countries have started to use it. It’s expensive as it’s hard to source. It can get to the thousands. It’s a diverse clientele, more so than the expected Asian and Arab communities.’
‘The happiest day of my life was when my daughter was born. She’s 5 now. When you have children I think you start to see the love your parent’s actually had for you. London to me is home, London to me is life. I don’t think I could live without London. I wasn’t even born here.
From an Islamic point of view, I’m not the best Muslim. I think it’s difficult to comment on how the city living impacts on your own practise, as there are people out there that can make it work seamlessly.
I feel the practise element is one thing & the real deep belief you have is another.
My worst experience so far was when, I saw 3 to 4 guy’s coming towards us and one of them had a broken bottle and he came at me. I didn’t realise, but I had been stabbed.’
‘My father was posted here to work at the Egyptian consulate. He came here and found somewhere for all of us to stay and then me, my sisters and my mum came over. We love going to Edgware road to discuss the challenges that we go through, being disabled and muslim in London. We talk about the lack of knowledge in the media & how it effects us, especially when it comes to our faith.’
‘I have a passion for food. It just happened. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, you have to eat. It doesn’t matter how you cook it. When people say that they like my food, that is my happiness.’
‘I originally came to London to work as an au pair, but it didn’t happen and the family that I was supposed to stay with didn’t come and I had to stay the night in an airport. But thankfully I have made it and I love London because I can express myself. I started wearing hijab after I came to London & figured out who I really was. I like knowing who I am now. I started practising Islam after I became independent from my parents.’