MUSLIMS WELCOME PM’s HISTORIC MESSAGE

25TH MARCH 1999 Welcoming Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ‘first ever Eid greetings to British Muslims’, Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the message was a gesture of great and historic significance. In sharp contrast with those who say that civilisations must necessarily exist in a state of clash, the Prime Minister offers the high vision … Read More

NOT SREBRENICA AGAIN !!

20th January 1999 Anguish, horror, outrage. Mere words are inadequate to describe the latest Serbian massacre in the Kosovan village of Recak. The massacre was premeditated and the Serbs had made no secret of their intention to punish what they call “terrorists” , however, what was more shocking, said the MCB Secretary General Iqbal Sacranie was the conduct of the … Read More

MUSLIMS UNDER SEIGE ?

12th January 1999 Commenting on “The Siege”, a Hollywood film widely seen as stoking up Islamophobia, and just released in the UK, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Mr Iqbal Sacranie, said “Such films only serve to dehumanise and increase the gulf of misunderstanding that exists between Muslims and others. It is time that filmmakers and other … Read More

MUSLIM OUTRAGE CONVEYED TO MINISTER

23rd December 1998 As repercussions over the US/UK bombing in Iraq continue, a delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) expressed the grave concerns of their community at a special meeting called by Mike O’Brien, Minister with responsibility for race and community relations. The delegation, led by Mr Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the MCB, raised with Mr O’Brien … Read More

BRITISH MUSLIMS EXPRESS DEEP CONCERN OVER BOMBING OF IRAQ

17th December 1998 The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has expressed its grave concern over the unilateral US/British bombardment of Iraq. The MCB is appalled by the cynical way President Clinton has once again put innocent lives in danger in order to divert attention from his own domestic political difficulties. However, the MCB notes with greater regret its own government’s … Read More

MCB Hosts Luncheon Meeting with Jack Straw

2nd December 1998 The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) hosted a luncheon meeting with the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Jack Straw, MP on Wednesday 2nd December 1998 at the Banqueting Centre of the Lords Cricket Ground in London. Over two hundred guests – from both Houses of Parliament, Heads and members of diplomatic missions, media organisations, distinguished guests from other … Read More

IN DEFENCE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS

8th October 1998 A special meeting of the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body of Muslim organisations, deliberated on the issue of the forced imposition of secular dress code on Turkish female students and officials. Present at the meeting, held in London, were members of most of the prominent Muslim organisations in Great Britain, who resolved to record their … Read More

MCB Welcomes Apology

29th September 1998 “There is a danger that whole communities, sometimes whole races, are deemed at worst guilty, at best suspicious, because of the (alleged) actions of a few of their members. It is wrong to suggest that all Muslims are extremists. In our headline yesterday on the arrest of several men in London by anti-terrorist police it was not … Read More

Fight terrorism, but not through Draconian laws

25th August 1998 Commenting on the measures announced yesterday to strengthen Britain’s existing anti-terrorist law, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the British Muslim community has no sympathy whatsoever for any act of terrorism, local or foreign, Muslim or non-Muslim, state or individual, and would support all just and legitimate measures to deal with the problem. However, in order … Read More