Emails to the MCB on issues and events since Sept 11
|02 /04/ 2004
I am a 57 year old who was born in this country I love its culture. I am tolerant to all race.
It worries me that unless someone gets to grip with the problem of Muslim extremism,we will elect in this country a party that will.
|02 /04/ 2004
In these troubled times for everyone, Christians, Muslims, whatever race or faith, it is so welcoming that a faith group such as yourselves have spoken to urge believers to do what is right.
I am a Christian, and whilst I do not share the same faith as you, we do share common principles of civility, decency, diligence, integrity, righteousness and love for others. These principles are enshrined in our respective teachings and word of God.
We all know of groups both in the 'western' mainly Christian society, and within the Islamic society who wish to cause great harm and undermine democracy and the teachings of God. Such people I do not regard as true Christians, nor I would hope would you regard them as true Muslims.
Through your announcement this week, I pray that those who are ignorant of what being a Muslim really means will see the truth and unite with you in this war against terror as you have joined with Christians. I also will pray that the prejudice against Muslims everywhere will cease. And let us all pray that God will touch everyone and this terrible terror campaign by such a tiny minority will be brought to an end.
I thank you for all that you are doing and continue to do. May God bless.
|02 /04/ 2004
Just wanted to say that I thought MCB letter and the accompanying coverage of it was very effective. Too often MCB condemns terrorist activities only to be ignored and the same cliches are then trotted out by the media. And too often, imams are equivocal about terrorism. I have never heard any imam even at the "extreme" mosques actually advocate terrorism but too often it's ignored or equivocated over... it's the sad reality.
I have no doubt you will get criticism from within the Muslim community about your letter and the subsequent coverage. But the vast majority will welcome it - including the non-practicing section. This more public stance can act as Dawah to them as much as anyone else. Just remember - just because the people you know and shout the loudest may complain, it doesn't mean they represent a majority. That's something we say publicly about the real extremists but when it comes to internal politics I feel we Muslims sometimes forget it applies to internal Muslim 'politics' too.
I pray for the continued good works of MCB in its representative and media role and may Allah bless you for your hard work.
As you said, may Allah protect us all.
|02 /04/ 2004
May I congratulate your organisation on an excellent letter written to
all Imams and chairs and secretaries of Islamic organisations and
institutions in Britain.
Our religions faces many enemies. Interestingly a recent poll on an
Islamic site (I really cannot remember the name of the site) cited that
the greatest enemy of Islam was from Muslims themselves and their own
ignorance of their religion.
How true this is.
I think a full page ad in several broadsheets with a full transcription
of your letter will also be most effective so non-Muslims can read this
important piece of communication for themselves. Please do not expect
the media to give your communication the space and importance that it
deserves... they won't. They continue with their anti-Islamic headlines
Thanking you again
Hello, I am just wanting to send a message of support to the MCB. I agree with the recent decision to write to the mosques to encourage sensible and correct teaching of this wonderful religion if only to show the nation that we as muslims want to help improve the troubling situation in whatever way we can. If we do nothing then the muslim community will always be regarded with suspicion. On another note, I also want to say I have heard representatives of the MCB speak several times and it has strengthened my heart to hear their words which are very much in tune with my own thinking alhamdulilah. Please keep up the good work.
I would to thank the General Secretary of the MCB for taking a clear and courageous stand on the issue of terrorism. It was a refreshing experience yesterday to see the headlines dominated by a clear positive presentation of Muslim opinion. We badly need a strong Muslim voice to represent British Muslims as people whose beliefs and way of life are entirely consistent with the long established values of the United Kingdom. Most of the time the public perception is dominated by radicals, political hotheads and proponents or defenders of terrorism.
Clearly part of the blame for this distortion lies with the media who cover this topic with the same sensationalist instinct with they pursue most other aspects of British life. However, many non-Muslims like myself, who strongly believe that the daily lives of vast majority of British Muslims demonstrate the absurdity of the demonising Islam, also wish to hear a stronger more coherent message from representatives of mainstream British Muslims. Yesterday, it was great to hear that message delivered by the MCB.
I was very disappointed that you sent that odd letter to all the mosques in Britain, as if to say that you agree with the Islamophobic members of the media and the establishment, in that mosques are indeed likely breeding places for terrorism! This is patently absurd: terrorism is no more a problem in the Muslim community than in the Catholic one. By publicising your action on national radio you have further reinforced the view of the public at large that Muslims are indeed a potential threat, that we have to be watched carefully at all times - justifying the heavy handed policing and profiling that we are daily - and increasingly - witnessing.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
London E15 1NT
Tel:0208 432 0585/6
Fax:0208 432 0587