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This BBC documentary tells the little-known story of three English gentlemen who embraced Islam at a time when to be a Muslim was to be seen to be a traitor to your country. Through personal journeys of still surviving relatives, the programme looks at their achievements and how their legacy lives on today.

It is a case that has cast light on a dark chapter of Britain’s imperial past – accusations of rape and torture, castration, beatings and execution, during an uprising in Kenya in the 1950s.
The abuses took place during the so-called Kenyan Emergency of 1952 – 1960, when fighters from the Mau Mau nationalist movement attacked British targets as they rose up against colonial rule.
The Kenyan Human Rights Commission says 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed, and 160,000 were detained in appalling conditions.
From Aljazeera

Police are treating a fire which broke out and destroyed an Islamic centre in London as “suspicious”, and are investigating the possibility of arson.

The letters EDL – which stands for English Defense League – were sprayed on the building mostly used by members of the Somali community for children’s classes.

The EDL is a far right group which has led large protests in Britain in the aftermath of the killing of a soldier.

That murder in May raised fears of Islamaphobia as the main suspect claims to be a Muslim.
(Al-jazeera)