Muslim men break fast with Iftar at the East London Mosque on the last day of Ramadan in 2013
Muslim men break fast with Iftar at the East London Mosque on the last day of Ramadan in 2013

Ahead of Ramadan, the charity Islamic Relief commissioned a poll by YouGov to look at British views about Muslims and their religion.

While they found that attitudes towards taking in refugees - particularly those from predominantly Muslim countries - were hardening, they also discovered some worryingly negative views towards the religion in general.

The charity asked people to name the three words they associate with the term 'Muslim' and found that more think of 'terror/terrorism/terrorist' (12 per cent) than 'faith' (11 per cent) or 'mosque' (9 per cent).

These are the most common words Britons associate with 'Muslim':

Terror/terrorism/terrorist 12%

A religion/belief system/faith 11%

Mosque 9%

Koran/quaran (sic) 8%

Religious 8%

Islam 6%

Extreme/extremism/extremist 5%

Allah 5%

Mohamed/mohammad 5%

Prayer/praying 5%

Anti-women/chauvanistic (sic)/Misogynistic 5%

Devout 4%

Peace/peacful (sic) 4%

Ramadan 4%

Fanatic 4%

Burka/Burqa 3%

Intolerant 3%

Strict 3%

Hijab 3%

Halal 2%

Mecca 2%

Misunderstood 2%

Middle east 2%

Radical 2%

Family 2%

Asian 2%

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