Emails to the MCB on issues and events since Sept 11
|13 /01/ 2004
I would never ever have thought that I would find myself having some sympathy for Kilroy-Silk and his recent article but I have and I will give the reason.
I listened recently to a lunchtime broadcast on Radio two when a young educated Muslim extremist voiced amongst other inflammatory things, the opinion that "Muslims should celebrate the events of September the 11th" . I watched a "Newsnight" program on BBC Two a month or sop ago where a Muslim extremist was handing out leaflets in London quite openly that said "Kill jews where you find them" . Compared to the two incidents outlined above I find the article by Kilroy-Silk somewhat tame. There were parts of it that I did not agree with but I was not aware that he was advocating the sort of violence that extreme sections of your faith, however polarised, appear to be doing.
Judging by today's newspaper poll I do not appear to be alone in my worries. I would finish by saying that before you condemn the worries of many people in this country you could perhaps look to the root cause of the problem . This in my opinion is not racism but a worry about basic freedoms. If one section of a community can say anything however inflammatory without fear of prosecution and another section cannot even make reply without a "witch hunt" ensuing, then I feel, it is a receipt for disaster.
|13 /01/ 2004
I wish to commend the MCB in representing Britains Muslims. I think your recent success in raising our horror, shock and disgust at the comments of Kilroy Silk, has been a victory for all British Muslims.
Another comment I wish to make is that the website has no reference to the Kilroy Rascist rant, why? I have subscribed and recieved updates in regards to MCB campaign in regards to this but I could not find anything on the website.
How can British Muslims help MCB financially? The webpage in regards to this is still under construction??
May Allah help MCB become the one true voice for all British Muslims, Inshallah! May Allah assist MCB in unify the many uk muslim organisation into one entity!
|13 /01/ 2004
Just a short note to say that the remarks made by Mr Kilroy Silk are in my view uniformed and wholly ignorant. He does not speak for me or any of my friends and family.
I am not a Muslim, I am wholly agnostic, and I have nothing but distain for people like Mr Kilroy-Silk who make comments from positions of privilege. I am pleased the BBC have taken fast action and hope that the Daily Express follows suite shortly.
I would also like to congratulate you on your very informative website.
|13 /01/ 2004
Hi I am writing to comment on the recent issue of Robert Kilroy and as to how I feel about it.
I am a muslim and have always been, I agree that he has made some very silly comments and has a fair amount of apologising to do.
I am glad that he has already started to go about this and it is important both to calm down the current feelings towards him and for the sake of his own future on TV.
However I have been watching him on morning TV for many years now and used to enjoy his show as he always covered many interesting topics and let us hear different points of view.
While I think he has over reacted way too much recently, I am glad he has apologised, and we mustn't as muslims also be seen to be over reacting too as we want our religion to increase in popularity as time goes on in the UK. Also we should be seen to be forgiving people like Kilroy in the same way that we want Allah to forgive us when we do wrong.
It is important that we do this in order to maintain our relations with non believers of the Islamic faith. I felt the neccassary to write this as I have just been reading the many views posted on the BBC's website and too many people have been concerned about political correctness and I am worried for our future relations with society.
Many regards and thank you for your time.
|13 /01/ 2004
Whereas my initial reaction to the headlines was one of disgust that someone of Kilroy-Silk's position was involved in racist slurs against Arabs, I have now had time to settle down and listen to the comments which caused such a stir.
I can't help feeling that, whilst some of his comments about the contributions the Arab nation has given to humanity was very naive to say the least (as a former astronomer, for instance, I appreciate that we still call many of the stars which are visible to the naked eye by their original Arabic names, for a starter!), I can only help thinking that the regimes to which he refers are harming the Arab peoples.
It is the Arab women who are treated badly by their rulers - It is the Arab people who are dismembered by their rulers and it is (in the main) many Arab people who are harmed by so-called "suicide bombers".
Whilst Kilroy-Silk has at least raised the debate on how the political systems of the Arab nation are run, I would be inclined to stop for a while and think how much harm has he actually done by highlighting this topic back in April?
In case you think that I may be just another bigoted white racist, that is your opinion to form, but to temper Kilroy-Silk's comments against recent cases of shame, such as Salman Rushdie's grossly offensive "Satanic Verses", might be overstepping the mark.
Let's use the opportunity to open the debate and allow ignorant Western civilisations the chance to understand the Arab / Muslim way of life. I would really welcome that chance.
As God said through the Prophet Mohammed - may peace be upon him - "I made you (humanity) into tribes that you may know each other"
Kind regards and please keep working hard for your faith.
|13 /01/ 2004
I write to your organisation to express concern about the witchunt which
are helping fuel against Robert Kilroy-Silk.
I was a Labour voter in the last election, I live next to and work
harmoniously with Muslims, even have black African slave blood in my genes
and abhor racism in all it's forms. I also have a hatred of all the
injustices faced by the Palestinian Arabs by the Israelis, yet I now find
myself deeply heartened to see the rising tide of support for Mr Kilroy
Silk. Luckily for the liberty of the British people they have picked the
wrong sacrificial lamb!
Before we need to start to observe this New Labour Nanny State and it's BBC
toadies ruling on what is politically acceptable free speech, I would like
to see Saudi Arabs give the same ability for other religions to preach
freely to Muslims, or for Labour bigots to condemn racists like Robert
Mugabe as strongly as they did the previous Rhodesian government.
Providing the facts are true, Robert, has a right, in fact a duty to argue
and state his views without fear of a Muslim backlash or Labour backed BBC
gagging order. Equally, you have a right to debate with him, but not ask
to silence his views.
I await your no doubt hostile response, on the other hand if you have can
sympathise with my views on the importance of liberty and free speech then
might be interested in learning more about Islam.
But for now, may God bless Robert Kilroy-Silk
For further information please contact the MCB:
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