BBC Uses Misleading Picture Connecting Muslims to Unrelated Story

On 6 March 2018, in an article on child marriages, the BBC used a picture of Muslim girls learning how to read Arabic to illustrate child marriage – when the article relates to India and sub-Saharan Africa. After the MCB, and many others complained, they changed the picture to an ACTUAL one that at least connected to the story – … Read More

BBC Uses Appalling Term on Muslims

On March 7, in an article related to the sentencing of the heads of the far right group, Britain First, the BBC wrote about how their crimes took place during a trial, calling it a ‘Muslim gang-rape trial’. After this was challenged by the Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi, the BBC amended their article to say ‘gang … Read More

Sunday Times Bigotry – Like Muslims are Different?

On 25 March 2018, the Sunday Times amended Rod Liddle’s latest bigotry about Muslims where he claimed that “even” the Muslims were upset about anti-semitism. After this was challenged by Miqdaad Versi, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, the Sunday Times edited the article to remove a broader reference to Muslims as a whole, but did not acknowledge the error … Read More

Leave.EU Pretends to Fight Anti-Semitism by Deploying Islamophobia

Yesterday the Leave.EU campaign chose to publish a shocking tweet scapegoating Muslims. Supposedly put out to fight against anti-semitism, the tweet instead deployed Islamophobic tropes to garner support.   In response, the Muslim Council of Britain’s Secretary general has issued the following letter to the Leave.EU campaign. Liz Bilney CEO Leave.EU Lysander House, Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TQ … Read More

Clarification on Guardian’s ‘Alternative to Prevent’ Article

March 2018 A report in The Guardian (22/03/18) incorrectly stated that the Muslim Council of Britain is backing an anti-radicalisation programme called ‘Safe and Secure’. We are not backing or endorsing any specific initiative however we have stated many times our position against terrorism and the duty on government agencies to keep our country safe. To be clear, we are … Read More

Counter Terrorism National Listening Exercise – London Event

The MCB is launching a National Listening Exercise on issues around counter-terrorism, seeking the views of the different Muslim communities across the UK. We will be running listening events and focus groups throughout 2018; as well as releasing a survey and asking for submissions on a range of issues around counter-terrorism The aims of the National Listening Exercise are to: … Read More

Vile Hate Campaign to Hurt Muslims

10 March 2018 Following several reports of abominable hateful letters being distributed to ‘hurt Muslims’, the MCB has issued the statement below: “This vile letter campaign sent to Muslims across the UK has caused deep distress and alarm. We welcome the action being taken by the police to investigate this matter. Sadly it is reflective of hate against Muslims which … Read More

MCB encourages mosques to recruit more women with launch of development programme

7 March 2018 Programme launched to support upcoming female leaders into trustee and managerial roles Mosques across the UK are being urged to recruit more women into trustee and managerial roles by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) at an event today on 7 March marking International Women’s Day. The event sees the launch of the ‘Women in Mosques Development Programme’, a … Read More

BBC Adds Another Pillar in Islam

In an article on hijab and female dress, the BBC inaccurately wrote “One of the main pillars of the religion of Islam is female modesty”. After Miqdaad Versi, Assistant Secretary general of the MCB contacted the BBC to clarify that female modesty is not actually a pillar of Islam, they acknowledged the mistake in an email response and corrected the … Read More