Youth survey - December 2001
What are the most difficult aspects of living in Britain? (Muslim Girls' responses)
-At school wearing the scarf was hard, not at University anymore
-Not having prayer rooms at places of work and university.
-Being a Muslim wearing the nikab is quite difficult with the abuse you get i.e. 'ninja'
-People make comments about what you wear
-Getting people to understand the reasons behind your acts of worship, ie pray five times, wear hijab
-Bias media and lack of positive support from Muslim MPs.
-Because of the media, the public is generally misinformed about Islam
-The media spreads lies and wrong information about Islam and Muslims
-Wrong media coverage
-Being constantly viewed as a foreigner, and barriers that arise because of this.
-Having to fit in
-Always feel will not be accepted
-Racist attacks or comment
-Living around people who are not nice
-Nobody cares what religion you are
-People being racist towards Muslims
-Having to feel like an outsider in school because I wear a scarf
-Not getting along with people because of my colour
-People keep looking at you like you are different
-Everyone is not treated with the respect they deserve
-It is a Christian country
-Lack of understanding of the basic requirements of Islam by non-Muslims.
-Being prejudged when telling someone new you are a Muslim.
-That most people hate Islam and Muslims for no reason
-People blaming all Muslims for what other people do
-Because Britain is at war and we are living in their country
-Trying to be a good Muslim - there are too many distractions
-The faith of Muslims becomes weaker because there are bad things - music, TV etc
-Coping with all the different people around us and the way they live
-UK is a very "americanised" or materialist country and wealth property and power are put before people
-Trying to stick to your traditions
- I do not find living in the UK difficult at all.
- None (x2)