|05 /04/ 2004
|Khalid Abdul Wahid
In the name of Allah, most gracious most merciful, may His peace be upon you
and His mercy be upon you. Let me start by mentioning, that by definition
no muslim (believer) in his/her right mind would support terrorism.
We muslims, in this time of crisis, have to be protected from rash actions and
the MCB should not have made it open that you were sending such a letter. In
fact it was wholly unecessary as (like you say in your letter) every single
educated Imaam knows his duty to Allah (swt) - to protect the non-believers
and believers alike from evil wherever it strikes. Whether it be terrorism, individual
The media seized on the letter immediately sensing the furore and instant appeal to
those that say mosques are "terrorist breeding grounds". (A statement which is
a disgusting untruth - as we all know). They turned it to their advantage almost
gleefully in my opinion to sell their papers or get the viewing figures. Islam is
being made into a farce by the constant interviews with those who have no learned
basis in their faith and have no right or knowledge to lead.
I read your letter, and it of course makes a lot of sense in a closed environment.
However it backfired on the community quite a lot. We had badly informed people
from every newspaper trying to interview our brothers and sisters who were
ill-prepared and caught off guard - unaware of the way their words can be twisted
around in print by leading questions.. and they brought out Abu Hamza once again,
their "favourite example" and any other person they could find to misrepresent us in a
bad light (to get their "reaction")
Please learn from this and know that you should not have drawn attention
to this letter because it will be seized by the media and turned into
sensational stories without giving your full message. In such times when we are
so weakly defended from these hawks whose only thought is to sell stories
no matter if they have to lie or misrepresent you to do it, you have to be very careful.
Some media outlets wil print and print with utter glee the fact that the Muslim Council of Great
Britain (who will appear to most people to be on the "inside") knows that something
has to be done to control these "wayward Imaams" so much, that they had to send
letters out to all of them to tell them what to say. In the minds of the ordinary public, it
provides the background undertone to satisfy them that the Imaams are uneducated
in their own faith, and that we had something to hide in the first place. This does nothing
to bring people to Islam. Quite the contrary.
Unwittingly, the type of publicity your letter recieved, regardless of the content
(which is all fine) branded every Imaam and every mosque in the UK as incapable
of deploring terrorism on their own and it appears to most people from the media
that all mosques are partly guilty in spreading terrorism.
I think you are a bit naive in letting this become public. Not only because of the
message you sent to the those who dont know Islam through the media, but
also the goodness in the message loses some of its punch and authenticity if
the disenfranchised youth think it came from a third party "control element".
Plus, those people that call themselves muslim that actually do believe in terrorism..
do you think that your letter would change their mind? They are already lost.
May Allah bring them out of their condition (of bowing to evil and disbelief).
I generally support what you are doing, of course it is right to condemn terrorism
and we continue to defend ourselves every day in our homes, and in our workplaces
doing this very thing by following the fundamentals of our religion.
However I ask that the MCB should consider your next move with far more care
and planning. Even good intention in this day and age has to be analysed first.
I ask Allah to provide the knowledge and guidance to make the beautiful character
and peace that is Islam shine from us all so that we can lead the doubtful peoples
onto the true path to righteousness before the last day.
wa Alaikum as Salaam
|05 /04/ 2004
|Yeah nice try, nobody in britain believe you w******. Your all full of shit
and hide behind your faith yet evidence is right in front of you. If you
hate britain so much what the **** are you doing here. Its not a small
number of ims its all of you. Answer this, if there was a war between
britain and the muslims you say your british which side would you take. We
all now you are muslim and are speaking shit. One bomb goes off in britain
and that means one bomb going of at every mosque in britain. Think about it.
Against muslims in Britain
|05 /04/ 2004
With regards to the Muslim fanatics burning the country's flag. I feel now that it has gone to far and if something is not done soon it will create a civil war in this country between Islam and everyone else who is not Muslim. It is ok for you to condemn it as you rightfully did but in order to nail down a true message to these idiots, woud you be able to organsise a march for muslims condemning Terrorism so that the British people actually see that you are positively condeming it. If something isn't done very soon it won't be long before mosques sessions are supervised by armed police and mosques will be raided on a regular basis to see if terrorists are being allowed to stay there. The majority of people in this country understand that th majority of Muslims are law abiding decent citizens, but whatever people say all the problems and bombings in the world are down to Muslims and Islam. It would be great for the country if you could publicly condemn it through a march or at a live news conference anything just to get the public to understand as they dont and the more it is left the more anti muslim feeling will get up.
If all countries followed your example, we would all live in peace All churches etc should follow the same line S.McIntyre
|Sr Abida Peters
|Assalamu alaikum wa Rahamtullah,
I just wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation
for the letter that you have recently sent to the
masjids around the UK. I work at the East London
Mosque with people who are interested in becoming
Muslim and those who have recently converted to Islam.
Unfortunatly I see first hand all to often the
results of certain groups within our community and the
damage that they cause. I have seen sisters, both
converts and born Muslims, who feel that they have to
to choose between being Muslim and being 'normal'.
I was in East London Mosque when the khutbah was given
today about the letter, and I have to say that it was
warmly recieved by all the sisters present. May Allah
reward you for all the hard work you do and give you
strength, imaan and taqwa to carry on, ameen.
Maa al salamah,
Islam Awareness Project, East London Mosque
Assalamu Alaykum, I experienced utter shock when the MCB recently released a communique. On the issue of co-operating with the establishment that badly lets down ordinary Muslims. With a voice of the MCB, which is seen by many Muslims as a media tool used by the Governement, to rubber stamp their views on all Muslims. The MCB must realise that they have to consider a spectrum of views from the Imams that represent us. From Islamists to Imams who do not get involved in political issues.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
London E15 1NT
Tel:0208 432 0585/6
Fax:0208 432 0587