Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|To my dear Muslim friends,|
I was very pleased to read of the response from MCB to the Eden Project,
I am a Christian and whilst we may have a number of differences, I
applaud Muslims, among other things, for your family values and stand on
moral issues. I can see also that people are far too quick to label
every Muslim, an extremist.
It seems to me that there are those who are pushing for the total
secularisation of society in GB (and Europe) and are trying to set one
faith against another to bolster their attempt to do this.
Wherever appropriate I think we need to continue standing shoulder to
shoulder against these attempts at sidelining our Creator.
I stand with you over the situation in France regarding the wearing of
head coverings etc. Why should Muslim women and girls be told what they
can and can't wear!!
I think that the Eden Project has made its decision and is not likely to
Perhaps in some instances Christians, Muslims and Jews and others ought
to suggest to these organisations that we may have to
consider recommending a boycott of their projects/events.
Thanks again for speaking out.
Ken Harrow (A Christian friend).
I am an Iraqi-British muslim who is horrified by what is happening in Iraq where my brothers and sisters live. I am also deeply disappointed by your press release about the Fallouja issue.
I want to tell you that you certainly do not represent me as a British Muslim at all. You are blinded by your sectarian belief and onesidedeness to the issue of Fallouja.
I now have to explain to you the background to the Fallouja problem which unfortnately you don't understand. The whole problem is due to the evil regime of Saddam Hussein ....
We have not heard MCB saying a word of sympathy against genocide and mass graves to your fellow muslims (if you believe they are muslims) at all. All you have done is to play in Saddam's hands when he was using the sanctions issue to score political goals with the US. Saddam manipulated the ignorant Arabs and Muslims to his cause without realising they were harming millions of inocent Iraqis.
Fallouja has become a safe haven for Saddam's loyalists and Zarqawi's group who terrorise the Iraqi people in the name of Islam. Islam is far removed from terrorism and hell is the place for all those terrorists who blew themselves up in Najaf, Kadhimiyah and Baghdad with relegious fatwa from the terrorist "imams" in Fallouja and Saudi Arabia.
Fallouja has become Talaban State within Iraq where beating and beheading takes place without any pity and where the suicide bombers roam the streets of Iraqi cities looking for maximum civilian casulaitites. Do you call blowing up oil pipes resistance??
Do you call bombing Yarmouk Hospital resistance?
Do you call bombing muslim visitors to Najaf and kerbala reistance?
If you say yes to the above then you are not a muslim at all....
*The occupying forces are deliberately destroying Fallujah’s historic
mosques, committing more War crimes.** *
*MCB needs to take an Urgent stance.*
Most of the ‘Free Independent’ News Organisations are deliberately
ignoring this story, I wonder why?
I write as a strong atheist who is interested in Islam, against
"islamophobia" and and considers himself an anti-racist.
I am deeply troubled by your press release yesterday on the subject of
Fallujah, and the likely response to it by those who, unlike me, are not
people of goodwill or tolerance. You must have anticipated some hostile
The heading is very provocative. Certainly those civilians who have
decided to remain in Fallujah, or are compelled to stay by irregular
forces are in great danger and some will die or be injured by current
hostilities. But "the ultimate price"? Are not Iraqi and US soldiers
also likely to pay the ultimate price? Are not the civilians used as
human shields and from whose residences the "defenders" of Fallujah
fire also in lethal danger? Yet your press release is silent on this.
The joint US/Iraqi army assault may indeed be perceived as barbaric, but
so is the action of those who kidnap, torture and behead non-combatants,
use suicide and car bombs, deliberately or recklessly attack civilians
and, yesterday a hospital. Fallujah is besieged not because of neocon
fantasy, but because in reality it is outside the control of the interim
government and it's insurgency threatens national elections that will
pave the way for full Iraqi self-determination and an end to
"occupation". I do not think that the MCB does or should defend
terrorists or insurgents. I have read its other press releases
deploring their actions. It is the false logic of Islamophobes
that associates all or most muslims with being latent or supporting
actual terrorists, which I believe to be a malicious untruth.
My point is that by arguing so forcibly and one-sidedly against the
joint US/Iraqi forces, the MCB risks feeding Islamophobia. It appears
to equate a legally constituted army, operating under the rule of law
and subject to a democratic/popular control with those who represent
themselves, are destroying Iraq, killing their kith and kin and
seek power for themselves. No doubt some of those who defend Fallujah
are nationalists. Some are nihilists. Many are Saddamites, theocrats
or their supporters. None are democrats. I don't believe that the MCB
believes in or advocates a theocracy in Iraq or the UK given its freedom
to speak and criticise the British government in what remains a
reasonably free and secular society.
How can Iraqis determine their own affairs and regain control of their
own territory and resources unless their country moves towards
democracy? Who is more likely to bring democracy to Iraq? Brave
regular troops backed by an international coalition, or Ba'athists,
terrorists, jihadists and mercenaries? How can the MCB be so one-sided
in its denunciation of military action?
Much as I and millions of others admire and respect Kofi Annan, he is
not a lawyer nor is his opinion unchallenged by many highly qualified
and international statesmen and lawyers.
The US/Iraqi force is not setting out to terrorise and kill Fallujah's
citizens, as Iqbal Sacranie states, unlike those who are deliberately
terrorising and killing Iraqis, Americans, Britons and other nationals
combatant and civilian alike throughout Iraq.
I recognise the MCB's right and duty to promote the views of its
constituency. But it also has a responsibility to show balance, an
obligation not to bring muslims into disrepute and not to feed the
hatred of those who, unlike me, will use any excuse to attack, in words
and deeds, a whole religion and its believers.
|I am sorry to here about the unjust abuse british muslims face every
day. even after you did try to save k.bigley.you must understand islamic
terrorists carry out there terror in an inhumane way, cowardly way. the
ira killed a 5 year old and a 11 year old at warrington however they
always gave a 5 minute warning. this country was the first to have football hooligans
and the white british community were the first in the world to help
ethiopa in the eighties, so we can be good and bad.as time goes on
common sense will prevail.
|Dr Ann (Amina ) Coxon
The Prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) a paedophile ?
The issue raised in Charles Moore’s article on religious intolerance is
the right of free speech to include religious insult. There is a fine
line between that and “incitement to religious hatred” or legitimate
criticism. In my Catholic childhood, jokes at the expense of my
religion were a delight which did not in any way interfere with my
understanding of the deeper values of religious belief. Religious insult
distorts truth in order to give discomfort to members of another
religion. After using the term “paedophile” to refer to the Prophet
Muhammad ( PBUH) Charles Moore then explains why the term is inaccurate,
but the damage is done by the headline.
Religion should not be so sanitised that it should not be the target of
in-house humour or legitimate comment. Insult is the refuge of the weak
and ignorant, intends harm, and limits should be placed on its use.
|Assalamu'alaikum dearest MCB
Pray all is well with you
Great letter to the telegraph. Brilliantly written and researched
I think it is better we engage in debates like the deplorable suugestion
that our noble Prophet (pbuh) had any unacceptable notions towards Aisha
(R). That way we can put these ideas to rest. If we close our ears to the
debate then the debate just continues without our input.|
I think you should say this is new law is there to "protect muslims not to
Allah knows best
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