Aside from running a small business and being a full-time granddad, Anwar occasionally finds time to write on social and political issues. He has written for several websites including Open Democracy, the Sunday Times and Pakistan Times. He has also appeared regularly as a panellist for current affairs on Ahlulbayt TV. Anwar is a great believer in social justice and a society based on tolerance, equality and acceptance. He was active in the UK anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s and 90s, and has also participated in several other campaigns on national and local issues. He remains deeply concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in the UK and the West, and has spoken about this on many forums.