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
The Mail on Sunday updated a sensationalist article that claimed Mr Arif Qawi, Chair of Governors at St Stephens school in Newham, resigned “because staff were frightened to come into school” due to the uproar following their hijab ban. After Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi complained to the paper, they have now updated their article following revelations … Read More
28 January 2018 Today The Sunday Times has published an article with a number of assertions about the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), primarily aimed at de-legitimising the organisation. The MCB is the country’s largest umbrella body of Muslim organisations and works similarly to many other national representative bodies. Founded in 1997, the MCB now has over 500 mosques, educational … Read More
20 January 2018 Mosque leaders from across the country joined a major national conference today exploring the evolving role of mosques in 21st century Britain. Organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body, the conference kick-starts a community consultation process aimed at developing an institutionalised approach to excellence amongst Britain’s mosques. The ‘Our Mosques, Our … Read More
On 23rd December 2017, after the Mail Online published a false headline claiming 84% of men convicted of grooming are Asian. After Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi, complained, the Mail Online retracted their headline.
After 4 months of complaining, the BBC eventually corrected an article it had incorrectly citing Trevor Kavanagh’s worrying article writing about ‘The Muslim Problem’.
The Mail Online published an article on 22 September 2017 calling Yahyah Farroukh the ‘tube bomber’ even though he had not been charged with any crime. After MCB Assistant Secretary General, Miqdaad Versi, raised the concern about this false accusation of Yahyah Farroukh, who has since been released without charge, the Mail Online changed its phrase to ‘bombing suspect’ but … Read More
15 September 2017 The anti-Muslim bigotry of the Sun’s Rod Liddle is so entrenched that even the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims must be Muslims’ fault according to him as he thinks that the rape, massacres and razing of villages is only “a bit, um, heavy handed”. Read MCB’s Assistant Secretary General, Miqdaad Versi’s, response to this atrocious piece below: … Read More
In July 2017, a number of British tabloids, namely, the Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mirror published articles claiming Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku was unable to pick up a Man of the Match award on the basis he was a “devout Muslim” and therefore “unable to pose with alcoholic gifts”. He is in fact, a devout Christian, … Read More
On 28 June 2017, the BBC reported on Muslim school girls being racially abused on a trip to visit Holocaust Memorials in Eastern Poland, and included an inflammatory statement where they wrote ‘the Holocaust is a sensitive topic for Muslims…’. After this was challenged, the BBC removed the inflammatory claim.