Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
I have read some of the e-mails on your web-site and was disheartened by
some of the e-mails from those (who are quite obviously racist) who are
wilfully trying to portray terrorists as representative of Islam to suit
their own agenda. In fact they (the racists) have more in common with the
terrorists than ordinary Muslims, Christians,"normal "people of whatever
faith. They employ the same tactics, whipping up fear and hatred, and
encouragining blind belief in their warped ideologies rather than free
thought. I doubt that the racists have friends among ordinary Muslims who
work for a living and contribute to society. I have friends from a variety
of backgrounds and faiths and we all actually believe in the same thing:
kindness to and caring for others, living peacefully with our neighbours and
the environment, deploring cheating, lying and killing.Terrorism is anathema
to ordinary Muslims. Of course the racists want people to believe just the
opposite based on the comments of idiots amongst the Muslim community.
If the ordinary Muslim is to be held responsible for the acts of terrorists
who do not represent them, then ordinary Christians should be held
responsible for the Holocaust and apartheid, Buddhists be held responsible
for the actions of Pol Pot and you could go through the history of mankind
with various examples.
The Koran condemns the killing of innocent people and indeed suicide. The
suicide bombers have no legitimacy for their actions from the Koran. Anyone
can manipulate whatever faith or ideology to justify what they are doing.
The founders of apartheid purported to find legitimacy in the Bible and
maybe we should ask the racists what religion they follow.
When I think of home, I think of Britain. When something happens to a
British person (eg Ken Bigley), I feel great sorrow and sadness. To say that
British Muslims felt glee at this (and the Twin Towers tradegy) is a
deliberate attempt by some to whip up hatred. Just as the terrorists do not
speak for me, nor do the racists who pretend to know what the majority of
ordinary Muslims believe. Fortunately, the majority of British people are
quite sophisticated and independent in their thinking and do not get duped
easily. In fact, those celebrating were not just supporters of terrorists
but the racists who suddenly had a big windfall in their scope for media
Despite the above, I also read many e-mails from like-minded people of many
faiths and just confirms my view that there is more that unites ordinary
Muslims with the rest of the British people than divides us.
I am taking this oppertunity to write regarding the announcement of Eid
on your web site
I found it really strange when your web site says that matter of
celeberation of Eid left on the individual mosques.....
Quoting from your web site;
The UK Ruiyate Hilal Committee, meeting on Sunday 16th January at the
Tooting Islamic Centre, acknowledged that differences of opinion would
be respected and the matter would be left to each mosque to announce its
Is that the right thing we are doing..???? Instead of showing the unity
on our religious fastivals we show to the other communities that we cant
agree on one date, even for our most important religious events. We at
our workplaces feel imbarassed ....and our work coleauge laugh on us and
ask why we are celeberating the same event on different days.....This
becomes more difficult when our own children ask us about the so
called difference of openion.....
Being the representative of the muslim community you should take
the responsibility to resolve this problem and show the world that we
are united. In this modren age why we cant use the modren technolgy to
work out the position of moon.....in advance?
Thanks for reading my email... and i will appreciate if i will get any
solid and genuine Answer
EID MUBARIK TO ALL.....
|I can't believe we have a muslim council of great britain, let alone
muslim schools in Britian. I've no doubt that these schools are not
teaching the children the ways of Great Britain! Or in fact how to
integrate and become a British Citizen!|
We are far too laid back here, this is a Christian country,
At 62 years old, with 5 children, and 7 grandchildren I find it a threat
to me and them, to be infested with so many moslems, from afghanistan,
pakistan, bosnia, somalia, sudan, the asylum seekers are endless.
|As usual the MCB are unable to accept any form of criticism.
Why do we have to have the need for separate education anyway, I was
educated alongside different faith children, surely keeping kids away
from each other breeds intolerance, ignorance and fear. With the
understandable rising fear of radical Islam in the UK it is imperative
we do not polarise our communities even further. I believe it is really
bad that Muslims/Sikhs/Hindus should be educated away from the rest of
the British population it does not help with community relations at all.
Surely if you are educated alongside Muslims, you will only see Muslims
at school and at home what good is that for teaching children British
values, absolutely none. THIS IS MADNESS. This is Britain, not Pakistan
or Saudi Arabia, when in Rome as they say.
|Dr N A
Hope you are well. I would like to organise a large march declaring that Islam Is peace and denouncing terrorism. I feel very strongly about this. It seems every white person in this country thinks muslims are terrorists. This silent significant group is growing and once it reaches critical mass, we and our next generation will pay the ultimate price.` Sow the seeds of love and brotherhood on the path of life, because one day your children will walk the same path`
Let the M.C.B. take the lead and i will financially contribute. There is a large group of people who think like me , who are just sitting on the fence and all it would take is a small nudge from the MCB and before you know it we would have thousands willing to go on a peace march. I urge you to take the lead, otherwise history will say we were lazy and weak.But more than that, we might not be around long enough, the way these anti- muslims feelings are escalating. I know there will always be fanatical muslims who would not agree with us, but we can only pray for the ones who are astray.
|Dear Iqbal Sacranie|
I am writing to you to express my concern and disappointment at reports
this weekend that the Muslim Council of Great Britain is boycotting this
week's commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The MCGB claims in it's vision to deal with issues in an informed and
rational manner. Moreover, one of your main objectives is to foster
better community relations and work for the good of society as a whole.
And one of the quotes running across your home page talks about
enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.
Surely we can all agree that what happened in Auschwitz was an
undeniable wrong? From the newspaper reports I have read this weekend
the MCGB is refusing to attend because the event does not recognise the
victims of the 'holocaust' of the Palestinian intifada. However, this
event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
and other Nazi concentration camps. It is not a wider commemoration of
victims of holocaust or genocide throughout the world.
Although I agree that there should be an event that commemorates the
victims of genocide and human rights abuses around the world, this year
marks the 60th anniversary of an event in which millions of people
suffered and died. Instead of refusing to attend this year's specific
event, why not just campaign openly for a wider commemoration day? Your
approach does nothing to further your aim of fostering better community
relations, and will just make many people feel an incredible sense of
anger at your lack of willingness to commemorate victims of the Nazi
I sincerely hope that you change your approach. If you are as
interested in human rights as you claim then you certainly would.
|Alan Garfield |
|I have read in the press that you will have no representation at the
Holocaust Memorial Service.I do not believe that your absence does you
credit. The muder of millions of people, Jews,Christians, Catholics,
Homosexuals, (Some of your spokesmen here agree) Cripples, Mentally
retarded, Prisoners of War is a reason for that all God fearing people
to come together and pray for peace and understanding.
Your absence at this event will be interpreted in the worst possible way
for Islam in this country.
Peace be with you
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026