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Shukri Abdi, Caroline Bailey & Why This School In UK Is Responsible For Their Deaths

12 year old Shukri Abdi, who was drowned by students of Hazel Wood High School.

In light of the current #blacklivesmatter revolution, the world is awakened to the ugly truth that for the longest time, despite subscribing to equality of all lives, when it comes to the law, police, and justice systems – there is a hierarchy and the whiter you are, the richer you are, the straighter you are and the more connected you are – your life matters most and always.
Even if you are the perpetrator of a horrible crime.

Shukri Abdi was 12 years old when she was found drowned in the River Irwell in the Lancashire town of Bury on 28 June 2019.
Her schoolmates were with her when she died.
Her death has been ruled as a tragic accident despite eye witnesses and statements admitting to “If you don’t get into the water, I am going to kill you.”

But here is where the story gets so dark, that you think this is a Hollywood movie.
Except it is real – and innocent lives are the brunt of it.

Hazel Wood High School was originally Broad Oak Sports College.
And Broad Oak Sports College was a local authority school which was run and funded by the government.

We know how it works in the movies when you need to erase an individual’s identity. (and history)
But how do you escape pressure, accountability and responsibility, as a public school accused of playing a role in the murder of one of your students?

You go private.

And that is exactly what they did.
Within months of Shukri’s murder, Broad Oak Sports College did not just have a rebranding exercise but they officially shut down Broad Oak Sports College, refurbished their building, renamed themselves Hazel Wood High School and re-registered themselves as a private academy.
They even redesigned and change their school uniforms.

Hazel Wood High School is now run by the Oak Learning Partnership Multi Academic Trust, which also oversees Unsworth Primary School and Elms Bank.
(It helps when you are connected with high friends in high places)

But what does this all mean?
It means their old identity no longer exist and they are now privately run, privately funded and most importantly, free from local authority control.

Diane Taylor, who writes for The Guardian, is possibly the only journalist who covered Shukri’s story, twice.
In it, she detailed how Shukri, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, was a long time victim of bullying from students in Hazel Wood High. Shukri’s mother, Zamzam Arab Ture, called on the staff of the school multiple times, to look into her daughter’s bullies but each time, they refused to take her complaints seriously.
A follow up article can be found here.

Remember I said this story is dark?
Well, this school has a track record for letting bullies get away with murder.
Shukri is not the first death by bullying.

Caroline Bailey, a Religious Education teacher and a mother of two,
was found hanged at a quarry in September 2012.
Her death was ruled as a suicide.
But till this day, her husband, Neal Connor, believes that his wife “was subjected to strategic bullying at her school.”

Caroline Bailey, pictured with her husband Neal Connor.

Why am I speaking about this?
The #blacklivesmatter movement has naturally surfaced the lives of plenty of BIPOC, who never got justice for their deaths, because the perpetrators involved have been white, rich, connected and/or protected by the system.
In the case of the students, staff and governing bodies of Hazel Wood High School – most likely, a combination of all the above.

Additionally, when I followed the hashtag #justiceforShukriAbdi, I realised that although her hashtag is trending, it has all the wrong information.
The Instagram and Twitter posts are still using the old school’s name and contact information. The only action call was a petition.
People were sharing wrong information and sending emails and calling up a school which no longer exist.
Plus the more I researched, the more I found out how “slick” the people involved were at covering up their tracks.

When you own the system, you rule the system.
That means you can manipulate it however you want.
I found out things like how their previously all white members of the school’s local governing body, was recently ( feb 2020) changed to include 3 Muslim members.
However, the members who “left” the board, are trustees of the Oak Learning Partnership which oversees the school.

And let’s not forget the Bury Police Station who is a part of Greater Manchester Police who pathetically concluded that her death was simply an accident, despite the eyewitnesses and students involved.

I’ve been speaking about people in positions of power, authority & influence and who in society must hold them accountable. The burden of responsibility are highest on leaders themselves – this is why they are appointed as leaders.

But if they fail to hold themselves accountable, then we are the last level of defence for the vulnerable in our communities.

Shukri Abdi, Caroline Bailey and their families deserve justice.
If we want the authorities to act, we need the right information, we nee to pressure, we need names, we need contact details and we need faces.

Starting with these ones.

Bernadette Euston Garner – The Chairperson of The Oak Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust
Also goes by the name Bernie Garner.

Daniel Brown – Director (Vice Chairperson) of The Oak Learning Partership Multi Academy Trust.
Currently looking for a job on LinkedIn.
Does a murder investigation have anything to do with it Dan?

Simon Toft – Second to Daniel in The Oak Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust
Fun fact: Franchise owner of multiple Mcdonald restaurants in the UK
Previously worked in the newspaper industry as Group Commercial Director and Assistant MD for (drumroll) The Guardian.

Trustees of The Oak Learning Partnership
Tip: Remember the names of these Trustees.
You will need to do a comparative analysis with them later.

Elaine Parkinson – CEO of Oak Learning Partnership which oversees Hazel Wood High School, Unsworth Primary School & Elms Bank

Hazel Wood High School Governance Details
Fun fact: The latest governors includes 3 Muslims who started their term on 11 February 2020.
If you look at who the original members are under the ‘Historic’ category,
you will see that it was an all white member team, who if you scroll back up, you will see they are familiar names.
So they never “left”.
They just manipulated the system and added 3 token Muslims while they continue sitting right at the top as Trustees & Chairpersons.

Paul Greenhalgh – Headteacher & Principal of Hazel Wood High School & Broad Oaks Sports College
Also new logo of Hazel Wood High School on his screen

Current School Uniform of Hazel Wood High School & Address


This section is continuously being updated to reflect the latest developments of Shukri Abdi’s case.

Demand accountability from the Greater Manchester Police
AND the Mayor of Greater Manchester – ANDY BURNHAM

By contacting Andy Burnham, you will be hitting two stones because he is also the Commissioner of Police & Crime!

Twitter: @Mayorof GM
Churchgate House
Oxford Street
M1 6EU

Continue to email MP JAMES DALY for answers, member of parliament for that constituency.
(also thank him – you will see why below)
Phone: 0207 219 3000
Twitter: @JamesDalyMP

Email the Independent Office for Police Conduct who is currently investigating Shukri’s case and demand full justice for Shukri and to charge her murderers.
UK Customer Contact Centre : 0300 020 0096
Email :
Twitter : @IOPC_help

Demand justice and accountability from the evil that sits on The Oak Learning Partnership Trust Board
The Oak Learning Partnership Trust
Ripon Avenue
Manchester M45 8PJ
UK Telephone Number: 0161 766 1597

Last Updated : 11 June 2020

New Developments ( 11 June 2020)

MP James Daly letter to Mayor Andy Burnham on Shukri’s case

9 hours ago, MP James Daly wrote to Mayor Andy Burnham.
This letter was posted on his Twitter account.
This letter is excellent and demands answers and justice.
If you intend to write a letter to Mayor Andy Burnham, or any of those listed in the action call above, feel free to copy phrases/sentences and words from the letter below.

For the latest updates, follow the official Justice4Shukri campaign team here!
This team have been supporting the family of Shukri Abdi and working alongside the legal team representing Shukri Abdi, led by Attiq Malik.

All the information above has been to the best of my knowledge and Google’s. If you are an organiser or activist from the UK, a family member of Shukri or Caroline, a student or parent of the school who wants justice -and you have further information to support their families or to amplify this case – please contact me so I can update my information above.

Bravely yours,

Singapore, Sufism & Sexual Assault – Your Friday Sermon

Hey fellow Muslims,

Never thought I would write those words in the same sentence.
But if that finally got your attention, good. Because this one concerns you.

The last few days I have been crying blood that our Muslim community is facing an epidemic moral crisis. One that no one wants to address :

The abuse of authority, influence, power and position by Muslim religious and community figures where sexual harassment, assault and abuse is concerned. 

When it comes to the subject of sexual allegations, the majority of Muslims are ignorant.
You think it is all about police reports and evidence & that should be the way to deal with it – and that too, if you were amongst the rare few to get over the cognitive dissonance & denial.

You say it is Aib. A private affair. It is non of our business.

And that’s the funniest part. That you, yes you – you think you have nothing to do with this. That if you were to “leave it to Allah”, you are being righteous.

Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news for this one but it will be a disservice to the faith I believe in, if I don’t tell you the reality.

That if you believe in Allah and if you believe in everything His final messenger sent forth – this IS your business.
I assure you that Allah did not make you a vicegerent on earth to merely eat and shit in it. Or to witness injustice & oppression and assume it has nothing to do with you.
The Prophet’s death AND life is in vain if you sit here & tell me that this gross miscarriage of injustice by our Muslim leaders has no bearing on your accountability to Allah.

But how do we hold our leaders accountable? In fact, who should hold Muslim religious and community leaders accountable?

And are they on the same level of accountability as the rest of the community?
Will Allah judge them with a different standard of accountability?

How did our Prophet (pbuh) and our Sahabas (pbut) dealt with Muslim religious and community leaders?

Are there un-refuted answers  to these questions?


And now we’ve come to the part where I bring you glad tidings from your Lord.

In order to full understand the gravity of what we are dealing with and what your role is as a Muslim (so you don’t stand before Allah filled with regret), I am going to break  this entire thing down for you and will be Islam-splaining  in the simplest way possible.

So simple that even if you are consumed with extreme ignorance on this subject or you are the religious leader that’s committing abuse or you’re just a hater, you will understand the crisis we are in.

But you see, because the scale of what we are getting into is massive, (I mean, we’re talking about your favourite Sidis, Shaykhs, Imams, CEOs, Directors, Muftis of the top tariqahs and institutions and islamic centres and community leaders etc etc involved in some of the worst forms of abuse towards girls, women, boys and men. Oh & I have photos, videos, emails and recordings… Gah!) I will need more than one blog post.

As such, I will be releasing multiple videos to fully tear this down once and for all.
To make Muslim leadership great again.
To make our community great again.

The videos will appear in succession meaning if you don’t watch part 1, you cannot be an audience for part 2. And if you don’t watch part 1 and 2, you won’t understand part 3.
You have to watch them in order and in it’s entirety. It’s the least you can do to revive your community.

Enough talk.
Brace yourselves. Watch these videos. Share it & get everyone on board.

Our Prophet (pbuh) and the Muslims before us did what they had to for their generation and the Muslims who will come after them.
We must do what we can for our generation and those who will come after we’re gone.

Bravely yours,

Muslim Religious & Community Leaders and the Abuse of Power
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3: *will be updated soon*

PS: How will you know when the next video is out?
I’ll announce it here.



The Gratitude Post


Omg. My first ever post after 5 years. Wow.

Anyway, I am going to dive right in! For my post, I want to give you something tangible you can start doing right now in your lives!
This blog is not going to be about words that will forever end up on the internet – no!
I want to share practices that we can actually apply in our lives right here, right now and see the difference it is making, while we journey together.

So here’s starting with something I strongly believe in, that has helped me in gazillion ways. I swear. This is such a powerful life tool that I wish I can shout on an earth loudspeaker so it reaches every living soul.

So….what exactly is this powerful magic?

No lah, no magic. It’s super halal.

Give thanks! It is as simple as that.


Before we go any further and you think I just watched ‘The Secret’ so I am all fired up – let’s bring in the science and data on gratitude.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive, remember good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.

Two psychologists, Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California & Dr. Michael McCullough of the University of Miami, have done plenty of research in this.

In one study, they asked participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.

One group wrote about things they were grateful for. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative).
After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than the latter two groups.

Of course, studies such as this one cannot prove cause and effect. But the fact is – most of the studies published on this topic support an association between gratitude and an individual’s well-being.


The act of giving thanks is immensely powerful. I simply cannot emphasise this enough. It puts you in a place where there is zero negativity. Because you are being 100% positive. You are saying thank you. You are counting your blessings. You are grateful. You are appreciating the goodness is your life. It does not mean there is nothing bad in your life or you don’t have problems you are currently dealing with- but, at this particular moment of giving thanks, you are choosing to acknowledge the good stuff.

Most of you know my story by now. Through this blog, I am definitely going to share a lot more. But I’ve been through my share of darkness and pain. From being sexually abused at a tender age of 4, to experiencing bullying, to watching my family fall apart to not having a place to call home to being so broke that I couldn’t even afford to eat.

But the day I started practicing gratitude – like real gratitude. Truly and deeply thanking God for the little and big things that lit up my day – things actually changed. And I can’t explain how or what or the way this works to you. Because, truth be told. It is beyond me.  All I know is that it works. My life isn’t perfect now either but I’ll tell you something – when you get into the habit of practising gratitude – you have more perfect moments than you can count.

So ladies, how exactly do you begin to practice this?

  1. Write it down. On a piece of paper. On your notes in your phone. Whatsapp yourself. You can do this anytime, anywhere.
  2. Meditate. So this is more of a mental note taking. Find a quiet space and time. Close your eyes. And literally visualise what you are giving thanks for.
  3. Pray. I personally do a mix of 3 and 1. Also, because my prayers are timed, I pick one of the prayers and take a moment to give thanks.

When is the best time?
The more you give thanks, the more powerful this becomes. So what you really need to do is to make this a habit. You can do it on the train or bus on your way to work. First thing you do when you wake up or last thing before going to bed. Even if it is just one thing you are going to acknowledge.

Who do you give thanks to?
By default, gratitude connects you to something larger than yourself— whether to the universe, other people, nature, or a higher power.
You are recognising that the source of that goodness lies at outside of you.
Pick your source and direct it there.

What do I give thanks for?
Anything. Everything. It can be as abstract as the earth we live in and the clean air we breathe or as specific as finally getting the right foundation shade. And if ever you think you have nothing else to give thanks for,  my uncle taught me something I would never forget. He said, don’t just thank God for what He gave you. Thank Him for what He did not give you as well. Boom.

Trust your girl and just try this. Grab a friend ie gratitude buddy, to remind each other. And if you start practicing this, I honestly want to know how you feel in a week!

Bravely yours, 




Source: Harvard Health Publishing

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