Emails to the MCB on issues and events since Sept 11
|11 June 2003|
|Assalamualaikum Inayat Bunglawala, MCB
I seen your letter to the BBC regarding 'spooks'. I am a English revert to
Islam, and I saw this episode quite by chance, as I have given up on most
television due to its bias against Islam. But I have to ask you what you
expect in real terms?
I have travelled to many muslim countries and I have a home with my wife in
Indonesia where she comes from, and I have never met a muslim yet that I
thought was dangerous. In the beginning when I had just reverted and trying
to find my feet, some Muslim men did look a bit scary, but of course this
was an old stereotype from the days when I was part of the Kufr society. So
I understand ordinary ignorant people's 'fear' of bearded muslims. The
muslim community all over the world is in general the nicest kindest and
warm hearted peoples of the world. It is such a shame that these stupid and
childish ideas are allowed to be broadcast.
But just remember who is running the BBC, and all the media in general. The
powers that B are really the powers of 'Z'. And yes Kudos productions who
made 'spooks' is financially linked with Time Warner, so I find, and that is
a heavy duty pro zionist corporation, like most of them unfortunately.
Its good to complain, but you will see that not much will come of it. Its
the general public one should appeal to, which is what I try to do in my
Dow'ah work. You may get an apology, but the damage has been done. Now we
must clean up afterwards.
Wa alaykum salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
|11 June 2003 |
|Ahmad Al Abdallah|
Dear brother or sister,
I too was appalled by the recent program "Spooks" and registered my
complaints to the BBC (see original correspondence below). The answer I got
from them is along the same lines that you received yourselves, full of
platitudes and completely dismissive of our genuine concerns.
I strongly suggest and encourage you to provide leadership in researching a
possible court case for libel and incitement to racial and religious hatred
against the BBC and appeal for funds if required. To simply pow-wow with
some of their representatives will lead to absolutely nowhere; you know it,
they know it, we all know it. Whenever our Jewish neighbours feel unhappy or
threatened by the media or any other quarter they make themselves vociferous
left-right and center and do not shy away from legal action. I strongly
believe that it is high time past to follow a similar course of action; to
raise our head and voice not just our objecting finger and make our opinion
and determination known so that as a community we can start to achieve the
status that it deserves, in this country and the world at large.
The program shown is bound to be illegal in its tone and suggestions. It
will never have been accepted had it been about a priest sexually abusing
children in an orphanage or about young British Jews going to join the
Israeli army and being engaged with troops shooting Palestinian children in
the head, both events being factual and true, and widely reported at the
time. Decency called, rightfully, for not turning such nightmares into
entertainment. Yet a completely invented series of events is being tagged
unto our British Muslim community under the cover of creating entertainment.
While I accept recent problems surrounding a London mosque the extrapolation
offered by the BBC, which it's really what it's all about, is stunning,
shocking, unacceptable and dangerous to the safety of the community.
When Downing Street wanted a photo opportunity with your organization to
promote their "war on terror" past 9-11 they quickly called upon you and you
quickly obliged. The BBC is a governmental organisation after all. It is
time to get something back. As a muslim I expect to see courage and
leadership coming from your organization whose six stated objectives compel
you to take robust action on this matter, as Islam does to all of us. As I
said earlier simply raising the finger of objection won't do anymore.
If I can help in any way please let me know.
Your brother in Islam
|12 June 2003|
| Dear Sir|
I would like to forward my sinciere gratitude to the Chairman,General secretary and the entire MCB working committee for campaigning against the BBC 1 drama (Spooks).
Surely it can generate a very negative image of Muslims to the wider community.
I hope you shall continue working in the most appropriate manner on behalf of the Muslims of U.K
May Allah guide you and keep you steadfast.
|18 June 2003|
As an avid fan of the television programme Spooks, I have to say I'm shocked by the attitude of yourselves, and many of your contributors. Islamic fundamentalism is a growing problem, that needs to be addressed, sweeping it under the carpet, as you seem to wish to do, will not solve anything.
The episode in question, was excellent, as it constantly reminded viewers that this was not the normal practise in mosques. Morevoer, the Algerian man, who infiltrated the mosque, was portrtayed as a devout muslim prepared to sacrifice himself to save innocent civilians. What can be more positive than that? A muslim man who willing to die to protect others? I wonder how many of those so quick to criticise saw the actual program?
|26 June 2003|
Although I'm not Muslim or an Arab, I couldn't help but notice your article on the program "Spooks" featuring the Birmingham suicide bomber. I am a huge fan of the program from the first series and I haven't seen the second series as I am currently studying in Germany but from what I have read, your attempts to get the first episode removed were entirely justified. I was also quite disgusted to see that e-mail from Colin Brown about how Muslims in Britain are all terrorists and how mosques are breeding grounds for terrorism.
I just thought I should say that for every ignorant person who likes to see Muslims in Britain attacked, there must be a hundred who will quite happily help Muslim immigrants to settle in who want to settle in and work. I have quite a few Muslim friends who are very dedicated to their faith (they have tried to encourage me once or twice but they don't make a huge habit of it!). Most people are aware that moderate Muslims are fighting perhaps more so against extremists - after all, they have so much more to lose from these people who believe they are chosen by God to kill or persecute people (including people in our own country such as Abu Hamza al-Masri), as they all get lumped under the same belt, which is obviously unfair but inevitable.
I wish you the best of luck in your campaign.
|19 August 2003|
|Laurence Hallett |
The growing resentment the British people feel about 'asylum seekers' can be seen as being THE topic for the next election. You could do yourselves a favour and buy The Sun newspaper all this week. They are running unbiased, clear views about the situation regarding 'asylum seekers'. If this drain on resources can be stopped, it would do much to get you people accepted more into the community.
|20 August 2003|
|David Cowdrill |
There are alot of miss understandings about islam. I for one do not understand your reluctance to portray a better image for yourselves. It is seen as a "trendy" terror network for young youth that can only damage your faith. On walls all over my local town its written "mulsim warriors" White women are spat at and young white children are victimised by large groups of assian youths. You just do not mix. So where is this beutiful religion ? I would like to understand your religion more before the usa newks the lot of you.
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