Muslim 7/7 bomb survivor: Islamophobic Britain makes me fear for my children

Sajda Mughal

What happened to Mughal during 7/7 moved her to quit her corporate job in investment banking and work closely with her community, particularly with women and mothers, at the Jan Trust. The charity aims to improve the lives of communities by promoting human and women’s rights, working to prevent hate crime, domestic violence and forced marriage, among others.

Mughal, now a mother herself to a one year-old and a four year-old, has seen first hand the impact positive role models can have on communities and a lot of the work she does at the Jan Trust helps to equip mothers, in particular, with the right tools to make that positive impact.
And yet hand in hand with her work now trying to educate communities to prevent further attacks, Mughal also deals with Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is defined as prejudice or hatred towards, or fear of, Muslims or ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim.

Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise ever since 9/11, but it’s mostly Muslim women who are targeted, a recent report suggests.

Many of those same women and mothers Mughal tries to ‘equip’ and ’empower’ to prevent further attacks also fall victim to everyday abuse, says Mughal, involving anything from people grabbing their veils and calling them terrorists, to deadly stares and saying that they want them dead…