Emails to the MCB on issues and events since Sept 11
| Tragic though the death of mr bigley is and horrific the way it was carried out I feel we mustn't lose sight of the fact there are people in Iraq going through the same feeling of loss and devastation as Ken's family. These are the local people who had no option of whether to go to Iraq or not to work, they don't have the luxury of choice. My heart goes out to all of those innocent people and particularly the families of the children that were the victims of the suicide bomber. I feel very strongly that people of the Muslim faith should not be the target for any abuse and I think most people, especially since your own efforts in trying to secure Mr Bigley's release were widely reported, realise that what these men do is as abhorrent to you as it is to anyone else.
The frustrating thing is even I an ordinary British housewife with no particular religious leanings, knew that the war was a bad idea and because of the differences between Saddam and Bin Laden there could be no link between the two. Unfortunately politicians only listen to people when they're after votes and as much as it saddens me to think that muslims tend to get labelled it saddens me to think that people in the Mid east think that British people are warmongers when most of us are more concerned with the health service and mortgage payments!
I would like ordinary Iraqi citizens to know how most people here feel is there any newspapers I could contact out there?
best regards and peace
|As a person who can trace his English roots back to the Battle of Hastings, can I say that I think the efforts of the Muslim Council of Britain to free Ken Bigley were a credit to your religion and OUR nation. As we saw with Terry Waite, negotiators can find themselves in the same situation as those they are trying to help, and therefore those who travelled to Iraq on Mr Bigley's behalf showed true courage. Many thanks, I only wish the outcome had been better.
|J Sutton |
|Im just one individual and my heart says that your council needs to do more to stop this kind of action.
How about anti-violence marches, how about not just talking but actions.
I work in a community scheme where 90% of my clients are asian muslims and i have some incredible and hopeful lifelong friendships. Many of my colleagues are muslim and we socialise, swim together and i know that they are the most peaceful, loving and caring people i have ever met I know they are typical from experience of most muslims, who often tell when things like this happen, how much against their beliefs these things are.
As a major organisation with great influence please think about organising real LOUD PROTESTING. ... i look at the notice boards on the service providers website and there is more and more hated from both sides esp tonight.
|Pat Morris |
I am horrified by the prolonged agony to which a group, which protests its Islamic beliefs, is prepared to subject innocent people.
I live in a country which has been happy to open its doors to all. If that was not so your organisation would not exist.
I would urge you to try to make a better understanding of this across your faith.
I feel that the future lies in your hands. But it will not be a future of converting all to Islam, as I'm sure you realise.
These people live in the past but they invade and damage your future, perhaps far more than mine.
What has happened to poor Ken Bigley, who you tried to help, will not have the effect that these murderers sought.
More than ever decent people of all beliefs must work together to stop this barbarism.
|FAO: MCB’s Secretary General, Iqbal Sacranie
I commend you for your courage and ethical integrity in condemning Ken Bigley's murder.
I hope there will be no reaction against Muslim communities in this country as a result of this atrocity and your strong condemnation is widely reported.I grew up in Small Heath in Birmingham and gradually saw it change from an Irish Catholic area to the Pakistani Muslim area which it now largely is. I never once felt or experienced any hatred or animosity from the newly arrived Muslim families towards me -but I witnessed it towards them.
I hope all Muslim families remain welcome and safe in this country despite the horrors that unfold around the world.
It's sad to think that anyone could be driven to such extreme acts regardless of whatever 'religious' or cultural context they emerged from.But I remember feeling the same thing when the IRA bombed pubs in Birmingham in 1974 in the name of 'Catholic' Ireland.
The sectarian massacre in Pakistan this week shows that Muslims are not safe from fanatics either.The 'execution' of an innocent man who has never even been put 'on trial' is murder.
It's hard to imagine the pain and suffering of his family tonight.It must also be painful for those Muslims who travelled to Iraq to seek Mr Bigley's release and were rebuffed by these terrorists.
|I hope your happy now you flip flop wearing, terrorist supporting,child molesting,wife beating,muslim pigs, ken bigley was worth 20 million of you sad sons of bitches,so Why don't you **** of to mecca if it is so great or dont they pay benefits there you scrounging bastards.
having worked with muslims in the past and thinking i understood a little of islam i now feel that the atrocities being commited in the name of the former have reached a very dangerous state.if it is the intention of the scum who murdered ken bigley to incite world wide hatred of the muslim communities then i fear they are starting to suceed.
i am no racist but i am a civilised human being who does not condone violence of any sort no matter what the reason but even i am angered and incensed at this latest atrocity.|
i feel such acts will only strenghten peoples resolve to lean more towards the likes of the b.n.p. and i fear that a minority will use this as an excuse to attack the muslim community in the uk.
i thought islam was a peace loving religion and had no objection to my grandaughter being taught the fundemantals in school but from monday i intend to put a stop to that.i am saddened i have had to write this email but believe me i live in a small rural village and the feelings here are running very high indeed and i am what you would class a moderate.i hope those who carried out this terrible act can explain to our creator what they were doing because be they muslim,christian or whatever,no one cam lie to God.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026