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Islam Channel
Launched March 2004
Owned by CEO Muhammad Ali
Availability
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 813
Astra, 2A, 2B 28.2°E 12,523 H SR 27500 FEC 2/3
Eurobird 1 28.5°E 12,523 H SR 27500 FEC 2/3
Hotbird 13°E 12,303 V SR 27500 FEC 3/4
Internet Television
Broadband Live Internet Broadcast

Islam Channel is a UK-based, free-to-air, English language, Islamic-focused satellite television channel. It broadcasts across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and is streamed live on the internet - it is soon to commence broadcasting in North America. Islam Channel began broadcasting on March 2004 on |Sky Digital channel 836 [1], but subsequently moved to channel 813. Image File history File links Islam_channel_logo. ... For a wider corporate history and profile, see British Sky Broadcasting. ... SES Astra SA, is a corporate subsidiary of SES, based in Betzdorf, in eastern Luxembourg, that owns and operates the Astra series of geostationary satellites, which transmit approximately 1100 analogue and digital television and radio channels via 176 transponders to 91 million households across Europe. ... Astra 2A is a communications satellite owned by SES Astra. ... ASTRA 2B is located at 28. ... In digital communications, the symbol rate is the bit rate divided by the number of bits transmitted in each symbol. ... In telecommunication, forward error correction (FEC) is a system of error control for data transmission, whereby the sender adds redundant data to its messages, which allows the receiver to detect and correct errors (within some bound) without the need to ask the sender for additional data. ... Eurobird 1 is a Eutelsat operated satellite, used for digital television. ... In digital communications, the symbol rate is the bit rate divided by the number of bits transmitted in each symbol. ... In telecommunication, forward error correction (FEC) is a system of error control for data transmission, whereby the sender adds redundant data to its messages, which allows the receiver to detect and correct errors (within some bound) without the need to ask the sender for additional data. ... Hot Bird is the common name of a family of 5 satellites operated by Eutelsat, located at 13 degrees East over the Equator (orbital position) and transmitting in free-to-air towards 98 million households in Europe, North Africa &, the Middle East. ... In digital communications, the symbol rate is the bit rate divided by the number of bits transmitted in each symbol. ... In telecommunication, forward error correction (FEC) is a system of error control for data transmission, whereby the sender adds redundant data to its messages, which allows the receiver to detect and correct errors (within some bound) without the need to ask the sender for additional data. ... Internet television (or Internet TV) is television distributed via the Internet. ... Broadband in telecommunications is a term that refers to a signaling method that includes or handles a relatively wide range of frequencies, which may be divided into channels or frequency bins. ... Free-to-air is a phrase used to describe television and radio broadcasts which are available without subscription and without decryption (pay-TV). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For a wider corporate history and profile, see British Sky Broadcasting. ...


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. The channel is said to have a viewing audience of over several million,[citation needed] while its target audience is mainly English-speaking Muslims.

Contents

History of the channel

  • The channel was the original effort of Mohammed Sajid, Shaheen Akhtar, Asif Malik, Salauddin Ali, Ibrahim Rashid and Faisal Nazir. they have all left the Channel but Salahuddin has now returned as Managing Director.
  • The Global Peace and Unity 2006 attracted 57,0000 people. However there were a large number of complaints regarding poor organisation.
  • Muhammad Ali remains the CEO
  • On 31 July 2007, the channel was fined £30,000 by the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom for allowing staff, including journalist Yvonne Ridley, to present news and current affairs programmes whilst standing as candidates in elections[2]

Ofcom is a regulator for communication industries in the United Kingdom. ... Yvonne Ridley (born 1959, Stanley, County Durham, England) is a British journalist and Respect Party politician best known for her capture by the Taliban and subsequent conversion to Islam. ...

Aims of Islam Channel

  • Islam Channel aims to be an informational as well as an entertainment medium for Muslim populations as well as Non-Muslim populations. It aspires to raise public awareness about Islam, Muslims and issues concerning them, especially in the light of perceived misinformation prevalent in today's global community. It aims to form bridges of mutual understanding and awareness between communities. It also aims to educate Muslims and Non-Muslims about Islam, inviting them to research it further.
  • There has been a large demand amongst Muslims to have an alternative media source and television station by which authentic information on Islam and current affairs can be obtained, as well as a station which is sensitive to Islamic morals and ethics, and Islam Channel is perceived to be one step towards realising that goal [3].

Popular Programmes

There are a number of programmes enjoying significant popularity amongst Muslims globally which cover entertainment, current affairs, community activities, women's issues as well as Islamic education[4].


Islam Channel News

Perhaps the most watched programme on the channel, now that the world-famed 'Agenda' discussion programme has been taken off-air.


Islam Channel News is the first-ever attempt to provide global Islamic news in the English language.


Our aim is to bring viewers all the stories and issues that affect Muslims in the UK and abroad.


We aim to succeed where the mainstream media fails - to properly represent the interests and convey the viewpoints of the global Ummah. In short, to give Muslims the voice that has been denied them for so long by the western broadcast and print media.


We will ask the questions that others do not dare ask, and delve into areas where others will not go.


However, we do not believe in peddling propaganda and rest committed to representing both sides of the story fairly. We will not, under any circumstances, patronise our viewers and will let them make up their own minds about the rights and wrongs of a particular story.


We firmly believe that Muslims seeking news about all the major issues at home and abroad, like Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir and many others, should consider Islam Channel News their main outlet.


Behind the Veil

  • Currently on a break (contactable at behindtheveil@islamchannel.tv)

Behind the Veil is an educational programme hosted by two presenters named Hoda Al Soudani and Shahida Mohamed Ali. It is aimed at the Muslim youth with the intention of addressing the relevant cultural and social issues from an Islamic perspective, as well as sharing information about and related to Islam. Memorable episodes have included the issue of inter-racial marriages amongst Muslims, as well as discussions on inspiring the youth of today to live up to the standards set by the young people amongst the Salaf. This article is on the group of early Muslims. ...


The programme also contains regular book reviews to discuss and recommend notable publications, and has in the past covered books such as The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Forty Hadiths of al-Nawawi, and Companions of the Prophet by Abdul Waahid Haamid . Programme details and summaries are put on the Internet for archiving. [5] The Autobiography of Malcolm X cover The Autobiography of Malcolm X (ISBN 0-345-35068-5) was written by Alex Haley between 1964 and 1965, based on interviews conducted shortly before Malcolm Xs death (and with an epilogue for after it), and was published in 1965. ... al-Nawawi (Abu Zakariyya Yahiya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi) أبو زكريا يحيى بن شرف النووي (born 1233 - 1278), Muslim author on Fiqh and Hadith, was born at Nawa near Damascus. ...


Having assumed broadcast since 2005, Behind the Veil currently airs every Sunday at 1500 GMT with a repeat the following Tuesday at 4pm. For alternate meanings of GMT, see GMT (disambiguation). ...


Hassan and Habibah

Hassan as-Saleemi and Habibah Ellahee are married co-hosts of this light social affairs programme. They are widely known among Muslims as "Hassan and Habibah", their show is entitled 'The Hassan and Habibah Show'. The show is described as a Hassan Saleemi and Habibah Ellahee are married co-hosts of a light social affairs television programme. ...


"unique show..live 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"[1].


They are noted for challenging 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 Dr Mohammad Taranissi[2][3]). Map of South Asia South Asia is a subregion of Asia comprising the modern states of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, . It covers about 4,480,000 km², or 10 percent of the continent, and is also known as the Indian subcontinent. ... The extent to which domestic violence is sanctioned or opposed by Islam is a matter of debate. ... Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a man or a woman to contribute to conception. ...


They have on occasion dealt with more serious topics, specifically on the 25 December 2004 in a 2-hour special, they did a show entitled "Prisoners of Iman", discussing cases of Muslims that have been imprisoned for their faith, or political activity. They interviewed the wife of Ian Nisbet, one of the "Egypt Three". is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


IslamiQA

Question and Answer - Phone an Islamic scholar live


Journey Through the Quran

A series of lectures explaining the meaning of the Quran by Shaikh Suhaib Hasan. A tafsir ( (Arabic: تفسير) tafsīr, Arabic explanation) is Quranic exegesis or commentary. ...


Muslimah Dilemma

Muslim sisters show


Fundamentals of Faith

A show by Yasir Qadhi in which he discusses the basic theological beliefs of Islam. Yasir Qadhi (alternative spelling: Yasir Kazi) is a lecturer and Islamic cleric who has authored several books about Islam. ...


National Qir'aat Competition

Listen to the young ones battle it out in reciting the Quran. Presented by Rizwan Hussain.


Model Mosque

A new ground breaking show for the channel, designed to find the best masjid in the UK. Presenter Abrar Hussain


Launching September 2007!


Seerah

"Stories from the Seerah: Lessons and Morals" is presented by Yasir Qadhi. It discusses the seerah or biography of the Prophet Muhammad and extracts benefits and morals from them. For other uses, see Sira (disambiguation). ... Muhammad in a new genre of Islamic calligraphy started in the 17th century by Hafiz Osman. ...


Ummah Talk

A discussion of events that affect the "ummah" i.e. the Muslim community


Your Event

A light hearted and often entertaining weekly show which covers Islamic events in and around the UK, presented by Abdul Akbar, a qualified teacher and IT Consultant.


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

This flagship entertainment show is hosted by Sajid Varda. The chat show features guests from all walks of life, both well known and up and coming, who are distiniguised in their fields of music, art, entertainment, community work. Guests have included Jermaine Jackson, Sami Yusuf and boxer Danny Williams. Sajid has worked with the channel since 2004 and with his extensive background in the TV & Film industry brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Channel. This light-hearted entertainment show airs on Saturday night at 9.30pm.


Conferences organized by Islam Channel

Global Peace & Unity

The Global Peace & Unity event was a large scale event attended by around 25,000 Muslims and Non-Muslims at the ExCel arena in London on the 4th December 2005. The aim of the event according to the organisers was 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, amongst others, included: ExCel Exhibition Centre The ExCeL Exhibition Centre is a large purpose-built exhibition centre in the Royal Docks area of Londons redeveloped Docklands, at grid reference TQ408807. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Live performances by Muslim entertainers Zain Bhikha, Ahmed Bukhatir, Jamal Uddiin Marcell & The Fletcher Valve Drummers, Junaid Jamshed and Najam Sheraz were also given. Shaikh Yusuf Estes Yusuf Estes, PhD. (born 1944), is an American convert to Islam and Chairman of the Muslim Foundation International, which is an Islamic Promotional and Missionary Organization dedicated to spreading the message of al-Islam according to the Quran, Sunnah. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Native Deen is a hip-hop trio band of Muslim musicians. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Events September 14 - Harun al-Rashid becomes the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi, and appoints Salim Yunisi as the Abbasid governor of Sindh and the Indus Valley A council is organized in Constantinople, but disturbed by soldiers Beatus of Liébana, Spanish monk, publishes his... Dawud (David) Wharnsby Ali (born June 27, 1972) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, performer and television personality. ... Idris Phillips is a musician, composer, songwriter and music producer based in Los Angeles California, USA. In recent years, he is best recognized for his work as a pianist, guitarist and producer for Canadian singer/songwriter Dawud Wharnsby, co-writing the songs War, Eight Years Old and Let It Go... Native Deen is a hip-hop trio band of Muslim musicians. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Brother Dash, Dasham K. Brookins, is a spoken word poet from the United States. ... Salma Yaqoob Salma Yaqoob (b. ... For the cricketer of the same name from the West Indies, see Imran Khan (Trinidad and Tobago cricketer). ... The Pakistani cricket team is a national cricket team representing Pakistan. ... Zakir Abdul Karim Naik (Arabic: زاكر نايك) (born: October 18, 1965) is an Indian Islamic scholar, public speaker, and writer on the subject of Islam and comparative religion. ... Yasir Qadhi (alternative spelling: Yasir Kazi) is a lecturer and Islamic cleric who has authored several books about Islam. ... Sir Iqbal Sacranie (born 1952) is best known for his work as the chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). ... George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish politician and author noted for his left-wing views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. ... Qazi Hussain Ahmed is politician and head of Jamaat-e-Islami, a radical Islamic party in Pakistan. ... Saeed Anwar ([[]]: سعید انور) born. ... The Pakistani cricket team is a national cricket team representing Pakistan. ... Simon Hughes. ...


The event was again repeated on November 25th and 26th 2006.


Islamaphobia: A Dilemma in the West

  • The Islam Channel convened a conference on Islamophobia held in Copenhagen on the 13th of May 2006 [6]. The conference was attended by 150 participants from countries around the world, with approximately another 1000 in the audience. Participation in the question and answer sessions was enhanced by a television audience of millions across Europe and North and West Africa. While the majority were Muslims, many others were Christians or of other beliefs.
  • Speakers at the event included CEO of Islam Channel Muhammad Ali, Mayor of London Ken Livingston, political analyst and journalist Yvonne Ridley, Islamic speakers Shaykh Yusuf Estes and Jamal Badawi, as well as a broad range of other speakers.

References

  1. ^ http://www.islamchannel.tv/ProgramDetail.aspx?id=14&date=8/14/2005
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1858462.stm
  3. ^ http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abridged/326/7404/1416-b

See also

  • Q tv
  • Unity (Etihad) TV
  • Bridges TV I(USA)

Quran TV (Qtv) is television channel with a religious focus, producing programs mainly focusing on the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat school of thought in Islam. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...

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