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Islam Channel

Islam Channel
Islam Channel Logo
Launched March 2004
Owned by Mohamed Ali Harrath
Freesat Channel 693
Sky Channel 806
Eutelsat 28A 11390 V 27500 2/3
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B 10723H 29900 3/4
DStv Channel 347
Streaming media
Broadband Live Internet Broadcast

Islam Channel is a UK-based, free-to-air, English language, Islamic-focused satellite television channel funded by advertising[1] and donations.[2] It was reported in 2008 that UK government research found that 59% of British Muslims watched the channel.[3] It broadcasts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is streamed live on the internet and is soon to commence broadcasting in North America. Islam Channel began broadcasting on March 2004 on Sky Digital channel 836,[4] but subsequently moved to channel 813, then to 806. In April 2010, it launched on Freesat channel 693.

Since its launch, the channel has expanded its range of programming, including programmes regarding current affairs, education, Islamic values, Islamic doctrine, as well as domestic, financial and community related topics.[5]


  • Popular programmes 1
    • Islam Channel News 1.1
    • The Hassan and Habibah Show 1.2
    • Education Matters 1.3
    • Saturday Night Live 1.4
  • Conferences organised by Islam Channel 2
    • Global Peace and Unity 2.1
    • Islamophobia: A Dilemma in the West 2.2
  • Controversy 3
    • Political impartiality 3.1
    • Condoning of marital rape and violence 3.2
    • Anwar al-Awlaki 3.3
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Popular programmes

There are a number of programmes which cover entertainment, current affairs, community activities, women's issues, and Islamic education.[6]

Islam Channel News

A news programme.

The Hassan and Habibah Show

Hassan as-Saleemi and Habibah Ellahee are married co-hosts of the light social affairs programme entitled 'The Hassan and Habibah Show'. The Islam Channel describes the programme as a "unique husband and wife talk show discussing issues with different guests. This refreshing weekly discussion show examines social issues that deal with family, marriage and various other topics".[7]

The show has challenged mainly South-Asian cultural perceptions on the nature of Islam, dealing with topics such as: forced marriage, domestic violence with the Muslim women's helpline, depression with the Muslim Youth Helpline, and infertility problems with Mohammad Taranissi.[8][9]

They have occasionally dealt with more serious topics, specifically, on 25 December 2004, a show entitled "Prisoners of Iman" which discussed cases of Muslims who have been imprisoned for their faith or political activity. They interviewed the wife of Ian Nisbet, one of the "Egypt Three".

Education Matters

A show dedicated to Muslims within Education. Usually hosted by Babar Mirza, a secondary school qualified teacher and director of education for a nationally recognised educational trust in the UK.

Saturday Night Live

A light entertainment show hosted by Sajid Varda, the longest-serving presenter on the channel.

Conferences organised by Islam Channel

Global Peace and Unity

The Global Peace and Unity event is a large-scale gathering and conference at the ExCel arena in London which was first run in 2005. Held most years, it was attended by around 50,000 Muslims and Non-Muslims in 2010. The aim of the event, according to the organisers, is to bring together people from all spheres of the British society in order to inform and educate them about Islam and Muslims, and through this help to bridge the gaps between Muslims and non-Muslims. Guest speakers have included:

Live performances by Muslim entertainers Zain Bhikha, Ahmed Bukhatir, Jamal Uddin Marcell & The Fletcher Valve Drummers, Junaid Jamshed and Najam Sheraz have also been given.

Islamophobia: A Dilemma in the West

The Islam Channel convened a televised conference on Islamophobia held in Copenhagen on 13 May 2006.[10] The conference was attended by 150 participants from countries around the world, with an audience of about 1,000, mostly Muslims. Speakers included CEO of Islam Channel Mohamed Ali Harrath, Mayor of London Ken Livingston, political analyst and journalist Yvonne Ridley, Yusuf Estes and Jamal Badawi.


Political impartiality

In 2007, Ofcom fined Islam Channel £30,000 for breaking the broadcasting code by having Yvonne Ridley present news programmes while standing as a candidate in local elections for the Respect Party during the previous year. Ofcom also condemned the channel for not providing requested recordings.[11] In 2008, Yvonne Ridley was awarded £20,532 in compensation and £5,000 in costs after an employment tribunal upheld her complaint that was unfairly dismissed, was sexually discriminated against and harassed whilst working at the station.[12][13]

Two cases from 2009 were also punished by Ofcom, for not including an Israeli perspective on discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict.[14]

Ofcom found the channel to be in breach of rules again in 2014. The program In Conversation with Lutfur Rahman, broadcast on March 6 gave Lutfur Rahman (politician) an unchallenged platform to promote himself.[15][16]

Condoning of marital rape and violence

In November 2010 the channel was censured by Ofcom for allowing presenters to advocate marital rape and domestic abuse. A presenter is reported to have said during one programme: "it shouldn't be such a big problem where the man feels he has to force himself upon the woman", while in another a speaker told a viewer who was phoning in: "In Islam we have no right to hit the woman in a way that damages her eye or damages her tooth or damages her face or makes her ugly. Maximum what you can do, you can see the pen over here, in my hand, this kind of a stick can be used just to make her feel that you are not happy with her." The channel was not fined but Ofcom stated: "the advocacy of any form of violence (however limited)... is not acceptable" and that "it was highly likely that any advocacy and support at all of forced sexual relations would be offensive".[17]

During the program Muslimah Dilemma, Western laws and freedoms were attacked, and that women should not be "permitted to hold a position of leadership in government".[18]

Anwar al-Awlaki

In 2010 it was reported that Islam Channel had in 2009 carried advertisements for DVDs of radical al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's sermons and for at least two events at which he was due to be the star speaker via video link.[19]

Awards and nominations

In January 2013, Islam Channel was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[20] In January 2014 and 2015, the channel was awarded the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[21][22]

See also


  1. ^ Islam channel: advertise with us
  2. ^ "Dawah Project is a fundraising scheme set up by Islam Channel"
  3. ^ The Times newspaper: 'Nothing criminal about trying to establish an Islamic state', 15 December 2008
  4. ^ The Islam Channel makes EPG debut Skydigi online, 29 March 2004
  5. ^ Unanswered questions about a ‘man of peace’ on Interpol list Times online, 15 December 2008
  6. ^ :: Islam Channel :: – Programme Schedule
  7. ^ :: Islam Channel :: – Programme Details
  8. ^ "Embryo gene testing approved". BBC News. 6 March 2002. 
  9. ^ "Saviour sibling" is born after embryo selection in the United States – Dobson 326 (7404): 1416 – BMJ
  10. ^ The Copenhagen Declaration on Islamophobia
  11. ^ "Ofcom Content Sanctions Committee" (PDF).  
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ Baddhan, Raj (20 December 2011). "The Islam Channel’s Ofcom’s decision unchanged". BizAsia. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ Midgley, Neil (8 November 2010). "Islamic TV channel rapped for advocating marital rape".  
  18. ^ Gilligan, Andrew; Spillius, Alex (8 October 2009). "Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood".  
  19. ^ Jamie Doward, Home Affairs Editor (10 January 2010). "UK Muslim TV channel linked to al-Qaida cleric al-Awlaki". London:  
  20. ^ "Winners honoured at British Muslim Awards". Asian Image. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Islam Channel live online video broadcast
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