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Paigham Mustafa is a British Author and Entrepreneur who researched and studied the Quran since 1988 and spent over two years writing his book,“The Quran: God’s message to mankind” published in 2016. As an editor and publisher, his work resulted in a written fatwā against him in 2001 by the Glasgow Central Mosque in Scotland.
Paigham Mustafa was born in Pakistan to migrant parents from Punjab in India. He moved to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire United Kingdom in 1963 at the age of 5. His family later relocated to Scotland in 1968.
With Sunni parents from Indian heritage, Mustafa questioned the anomalies that exist between what people practice in Islam to what is truly in the Quran. This stirred him to begin his research on the Quran. He travelled to Malaysia and Pakistan to interview writers and progressive thinkers of the time. As a result, he was inspired to carry out his own studies into Islam and the Quran. He also studied social sciences to further his knowledge.
Mustafa is the owner of Signat which is the imprint that represents Quran-centric perspective. He spent most of his working life in the printing and publishing industry, were he also produced a wide range of commercial print. His company Impac published The Tribune Glasgow, The Buccaneer, CityLife Aberdeen and Asian Life including many books for independent authors.
His love for publishing began early in life, he published his first newspaper at his school Govan High School, along with some of his other works which are held in the school's archives.
Mustafa edited and published Signs International (1991-2006) and Friday Standard (1987-2001). Signs International had a readership of over 5000 in many countries around the world, especially South Asia. Both magazines became the subject of scrutiny by the local Glasgow clergy who strongly objected to their content and the questioning of some religious practices considered to be Islamic. This resulted in a written Fatwa being issued against him in 2001 by the Glasgow Central Mosque in Scotland. This Fatwa, still in force, is a formal written ruling by a committee representing 12 leading Glasgow mosques and endorsed by a fraternity of 16 prominent ulemas. This document compared him to Salman Rushdie and incited threats against him.
To date, the fatwa has not been revoked and is believed to be the only one of its kind in Europe. This was reported in the national press The Herald (Glasgow), The Sun (United Kingdom), The Times and received intervention by then MP Des Browne who mitigated the actions that the clergy wanted or expected. This fatwa is fully documented, with all the important background details, in the book From Greece to Glasgow.
Mustafa has written for The Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, and The National. Mustafa has also been interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland to comment on current affairs related to Islamic topics.
- The Quran: God’s message to mankind. New Millennium Exposition. First published 2016
- Everything you wanted to know about Radial Islam but were too afraid to ask
- Quranic Permanent Values – translated from Urdu by Paigham Mustafa
- Zippedia Islam - words and phrases in Islam terminology 2008
- Religion and Islam – what is the difference?
- Give Dignity, Not Charity
- Life worth living
Other Signat publications
- Talking To God – by Paigham Mustafa
- Mental Bondage – by Aidid Safar
- Biblical Mullahs – by Abu Huraira
- Conspiracies against the Quran - by Dr. Abdul Wadud
- True Testimony: a reflection on the Shahada – by Abu Arzan
- To think to reason and question in the way of the Quran – by Salim Shamid
In the media
- "Author Paigham Mustafa : In Conversation | Aberdeen Info". interests.me.
- "Islam God's message to mankind: New Millennium Exposition: Amazon.co.uk: Mustafa, Paigham: 9780995509894: Books".
- "New weekly newspaper to launch in Aberdeen". Press Gazette. 25 July 2011.
- "'You will get your head chopped off' - Scots Muslim writer threatened by extremists". HeraldScotland.
- "Islamic scholar Paigham Mustafa urges Muslims to celebrate Christmas". The Scottish Sun. December 9, 2018.
- Macaskill, Mark. "Scholar under Glasgow fatwa Paigham Mustafa defends Boris Johnson's burqa remarks" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
- "Paigham Mustafa". www.goodreads.com.
- Paigham Mustafa on twitter
- Paigham Mustafa on linkedin
- Paigham Mustafa on facebook
- 'You will get your head chopped off' - Scots Muslim writer threatened by extremists
- Paigham Mustafa: Books - Amazon.in
- Profile: Paigham Mustafa - The Northern Echo
- "A real taste of Islam in the UK" - read Paigham Mustafa's review
- Islamic scholar Paigham Mustafa urges fellow Muslims to join in Christmas celebrations
- Scholar under Glasgow fatwa Paigham Mustafa defends Boris Johnson's burqa remarks
- The Quran by Paigham Mustafa | Waterstones
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