May I congratulate you on a timely publication
Elizabeth J Harris, Secretary for Inter-Faith Relations
In the past few days I have been reading 'The Quest for Sanity'...and I would like you to know that genuinely I think it is a quite splendid, comprehensive and interesting publication....I certainly learned a great deal from it and I would like your organisation to know that if everyone could reads it it would do a power of good for community relations.
Sir Teddy Taylor MP
I have met with representatives of the Muslim Community in Cambridge on a number of occasions and this book will help me to further understand concerns that they may have.
Anne Campbell, MP for Cambridge
It is a good timely idea to produce such a useful publication enlightening and promoting a better understanding of our peace loving Muslim faith.
Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Bahrain, London
His Royal Highness was most grateful for the book and commented that the title "says it all".
Nigel Baker Assistant Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales
The book is informative and well written. It gives a fascinating insight into what it has been like to be a Muslim, both here in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world, during recent times. I hope you found the Government prepared to listen and act where necessary...I am grateful for the part you have played in maintaining calm during this difficult time and also for the role that the MCB has taken in helping the community to cope.
David Blunkett, Home Office
I have read all the essays with interest. They need as wide a circulation as possible not least in the media, and I would like to wish you every success in publicising them.
John Battle MP, Leeds West Constituency Office
The book is indeed interesting and of great use especially in these difficult times.
Khemaies Jhinaou, Ambassador, Tunisian Embassy, London
I read the book with interest and found it informative and stimulating it is good to
have such material available to stimulate discussion.
We must hope that through the example of co-operation between Christians, and Faith
communities leadership we can show to the populace as a whole an illustration of
people of different beliefs living and working together for peace and justice in our
The Revd Canon Dr Michael Ipgrave, Inter-Faith Relations Advisor, The Church of
England, Archbishops’ Council
I wish to commend you and MCB on taking this initiative which will benefit a cross
section of people - leaders, opinion makers, legislatures, academicians and ordinary
Haji Salim Hashim, High Commissioner for Malaysia, London
A quick dip into it reveals some excellent pieces of the kind that have, by and
large, been missing from the post-September 11 debates. There is some excellent
material contained in the book; a quest for sanity indeed in a world increasingly
Ibrahim Hewitt, Head Teacher
I am writing to you to ... congratulate you and your organisation on the production
of such a comprehensive account of recent events and the challenges that lie before
us. I live and work in Brixton. Mercifully, thanks to our relatively long history of
mutli-cultural, multi-racial existence locally (which includes, of course, a mosque)
we have avoided major disputes and hostility, though I know from speaking to Muslims
that there have been incidents of verbal abuse.. We have to be on our guard against
bad people and ignorant people. Your book helps to remind us all of the need to be
Paul Twyman, Political Strategy Limited
I am grateful for the careful thought that has gone into the writing of the articles
and will do my best to continue to uphold the principles of justice and truth. I am
much involved in inter faith dialogue and friendship and believe that the book will
be of help in encouraging greater understanding of the issues felt so keenly.
Lady Kathleen Richardson
The book feels like a very helpful contribution made by the Muslim Council of
Britain to understanding how different people in different communities and different
parts of the world have experienced September 11th. I particularly welcome the
chapter on hope and the reminded that we need to be morally responsive to all truth,
goodness and beauty. That needs saying and saying over again, being heard and acted
The Right Reverend Christop Mayfield Bishop of Manchester
I have gone through the book, which is easy in reading because it deals with contemporary history and analyses a very complex situation, in a manner which is most beneficial for both sides i.e. Muslims and non-Muslims. You have done a great service to present the Muslim community's point of view in a very effective manner. Kindly accept my congratulations for this successful effort.
Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq, Secretary General, World Muslim Congress, Islamabad
...through your website I have familiarised myself with your laudable activities in the service of Islam and Muslims in such a great country as Britain, and your innovative approach, in keeping with the contemporary spirit and challenges. [Also] the book in itself with its extensive information, constitutes solid, documented proof of the injustices suffered by Muslims worldwide as a result of the hostile campaigns led against Islam after September 11, 2001. It also contains a defence of the Islamic faith's lofty status and tolerant stand, sending a clear message to the West and urging an end to the wave of animosity and hatred directed against a community that forms one-fifth of the human population....I [also] congratulate you on your book with its wisely selected topics such as to attract a broad audience and disseminate accurate and genuine information on our noble faith.
Dr Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary General, Organisation of the Islamic Conference (translated from the Arabic)
It is a really helpful and well thought-out contribution to enlightened opinion and I hope it does some good..I'd like to see some more on the contribution of Islam to Western Civilisation, science, medicine, art...
Baroness J Whitaker, House of Lords
I...commend the efforts you are exerting in correcting the stereotype perceptions which link Islam and Muslims with terrorism. I hope that these efforts and the efforts exerted by other organizations will help in building up understanding, tolerance and coexistence among the various peoples and religions in the world.
Mohamed Ghemari, Director of External Relations & Cooperation, Islamic Educational Science and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
I would like to congratulate MCB on the production of this timely and nicely produced book. May Allah reward all your efforts.
Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Chairman, Association of Muslim Social Scientists UK
Let me commend you for the timing of this publication. Since the unfortunate and senseless events of September 11 our Great Religion has been the focus of attention, unfortunately not all has been positive. The need for genuine dialogue and understanding between religious communities became imperative and urgent. With the publication of this book it is my fervent hope that there will be a better understanding and appreciation of the true values of Islam not only by non-Muslims but Muslims alike. Please count on my support at all times.
Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh, High Commissioner, Sierra Leone High Commission, London
This publication is indeed a most timely one and merits a wide readership.
Isabel Rauscher, Minister, Austrian Embassy, London
The book is very informative and I am sure it would certainly help towards understanding the greatness of Islam and to put an end to the ignorant and ignoble ideas that are prevalent.
HO Gumbo Kibelloh, High Commissioner, Tanzania High Commission, London
I fully share your call for genuine dialogue and understanding between communities and nations, and commitment to the values you enunciated in your message.
William S Farish, Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America, London
I found the book fascinating reading. I was unable to put it down until I had leafed through it.
Faisz Musthapha, PC, High Commissioner, High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, London