I am not a Muslim, I am a Christian.
I am appalled by attempts at intimidation of any person and deeply regret the mindless threats and attacks on any person within the United Kingdom or any other place on this earth.
I know many of the Islamic faith and count a large number as friends. If it is not a contradiction in terms, one of my Godfathers was a Muslim, and he was the kindest and noblest of men. He and my father met during the second world war when both were engaged in fighting the evils of Nazism, my father in the British army and Zia as a member of Bomber Command aircrew.
I have travelled and worked extensively in Muslim countries and have found great warmth and kindness from the overwhelming numbers of the faith with whom I came into contact. I could relate several instances of help and assistance given to me that go far beyond that which I could have expected.
I too am concerned that "Muslim Guilt" for the atrocity in New York is so inaccurately termed. All nationalities, races, religions, have within them evil people - in my experience none has a monopoly of goodness, nor evil.
I deplore all fanatics, be they religious, political, or whatever. I know that all decent Muslims will deplore and condemn what happen in New York and almost certainly feel a sense of shame that the perpetrators appear to have been Muslims, just as I deplore and condemn attacks or threats against Muslims, and then feel a sense of shame that in this country the perpetrators will probably describe themselves as Christians.
Please, my reason for writing is to express to you, and all Muslims, that there are a very large number of people in this country who do not see Muslims as some sort of enemy but as fellow decent people with whom we can share our happy and sad times, as with all neighbours.
I recall a quotation that a fanatic is a person who redoubles his efforts at evil because he has lost sight of truth. These people are not religious, they use a religion as cover for their evil acts and minds.
I hope that peace and good companionship can lay ahead for us all