Delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain meets head of OIC Iran to call for condemnation of Russian aggression in Chechnya

19th November 1999 A delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain has asked Iran in the capacity of OIC Chairman to immediately call a conference of the OIC Foreign ministers to condemn Russian aggression against innocent Chechen people and take strong steps to stop it. The delegation met the Iranian ambassador in London and was led by Syed Mohammad Tanzeem … Read More

Welcome Speech by Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General Muslim Council of Britain, at a reception in honour of Mr Peter Hain MP, Minister of State for Foreign Office and Commonwealth Affairs, London, 4 November 1999

4 November 1999 In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to God, the Lord and Sustainer of all the worlds. We seek His help and forgiveness and on Him we depend. And may peace and blessings be on His noble messenger, Muhammad. Ministers of Her Majesty’s Government, Excellencies, Members of … Read More

THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN AND THE BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWS CALL FOR WITHDRAWAL OF OFFENDING TEXT

22nd October 1999 The Muslim and Jewish communities have been deeply shocked by the demeaning and offensive portrayal of the Biblical and Islamic patriarchs and prophets in the introduction to the Book of Jonah by Alasdair Gray published by Canongate Books. The references made to a number of Biblical and Islamic personalities indicate a complete lack of understanding of the … Read More

LETTER TO THE FOREIGN SECRETARY ON THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM

14 September 1999 The following is the text of the Muslim Council of Britain’s letter to the Foreign Secretary, drawing attention to the concern faced by British Muslims on the future of the holy city, and calling for a British Government-led initiative in the European Union “Dear Secretary of State, With the onset of the US Presidential campaign, moves are … Read More

Muslims seek ‘no-informer’ assurance from Home Secretary

5th September 1999 The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has demanded Home Secretary Jack Straw give a categorical assurance that the security services will not use any member of the community to spy on another. The case of Imam Shafiq ur Rahman and the MI5’s unsuccessful attempt to recruit a religious leader as an informer has damaged pastoral work in … Read More

Yemeni Sentences: MCB Appeals to President Ali Abdullah Saleh

9th August 1999 “Not surprised but sad”, said the MCB Secretary General, Iqbal Sacranie, commenting on the just announced sentences in Yemen committing 8 British detainees to imprisonment. “Concerned as we already were over allegations of torture and flowed prosecution, we are naturally very sad at the outcome for these young men and their families. Now, that the Yemeni law … Read More

MCB protests to THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

6th August 1999 Letter to the MAIL ON SUNDAY : Dear Mr. Forgham, Mail on Sunday, August 1, 1999 We refer to our phone conversation of this morning relating to the Valerie Flemming story that you published last Sunday, August 1, 1999. We hope the concerned feature editor was not thoughtful enough when he decided to give the story a … Read More

MUSLIMS CONDOLE DEMISE OF CARDINAL HUME

The British Muslim community has expressed its deep grief and its sense of loss over the sad demise of the British Catholic leader, Cardinal Basil Hume OM. 18th June 1999 Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of The Muslim Council of Britain, said in a letter to the General Secretary of Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales, Mgr Arthur Roche: ‘As … Read More

SECRETARY GENERAL’S ADDRESS AT RECEPTION FOR PRIME MINISTER

5th May 1999 Welcome Speech by Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General Muslim Council of Britain, at a Muslim reception in honour of The Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister, London, 5 May 1999. In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to God, the Lord and Sustainer of all the worlds. We … Read More

DON’T DISPERSE KOSOVANS, SAYS MCB

6th April 1999 The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has issued the following statement on the Kosovan crisis: British Muslims are gravely concerned over the unfolding of the catastrophe in Kosova in which the majority of the population has been forcibly thrown out of their country in less than ten days. Ironically, this amounts to fulfilling the very objectives of … Read More