Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|Brendan Murphy |
Just to say the mails you are getting saying "it's war on muslims in
Britain" are writte by morons. They belong to the same stone age as the
people who did the bombing. They're not representative - they just have the
There may be a rise in hate crimes against muslims, but long term these
animals will not succeed. There'll always be ignorant, racist bigots in the
UK but most of us do not feel this way. I would like to state categorically
that my experience of Muslim people (here in the UK and elsewhere) is that
they are hardworking, peacable, sociable and extremely hospitable.
In fact - it's an ill wind that blows no good - but this type of extremist
violence may have long term positive results. If Islamic organizations like
the MCB start to have a higher profile in community life in the UK, through
awareness raising about Islam, what the life of ordinary muslims is like in
the UK, and closer co-operation with other community agencies, then some
good will come of these tragedies.
A small anecdote from my own experience. I have friends in Morocco (Muslims
of course) whose first reaction after September 11 was to send me a letter
begging me to write back to tell them I was OK. They're poor and uneducated,
and were perhaps confused about where the attacks had happened (UNITED
states/UNITED kingdom). It was a touching reminder that ordinary people
everywhere find violence against innocent people repulsive and distressing.
Peace to you all
I understand that in the aftermath of yesterdays attacks in London, you
will have received
many abusive emails. I have just heard that a mosque has also been
attacked in Leeds.
I just wanted to point out that for every 'nutter' there are many many
thousands of ordinary decent
people who are the exact opposite and wish only for peace for all. I'm
one of those.
|Dear Muslin Council,
I have just heard on the TV that you have received derogatory emails
following yesterday's atrocities.
I am sure you have also received messages of support and camaraderie -
we are Britons together. I only wish to add my own humble support and
apologise for those dim-wits who don't engage a single brain cell in
distinguishing between right and wrong, good and evil, fair and
unfair...... the list could go on.
Of course you condemn acts of terror.... I am amazed that such a thing
needs to be spelled out in your website!
My very best wishes
I felt I had to e-mail you to express my sadness and dismay after
hearing that you had received hate messages.
Please know that I and most other non-Muslims do not in any way believe
that the terrible attacks we witnessed yesterday are in any way
connected with Islam. We know that Muslims are peaceful people and that
you are as shocked and saddened as we are at the indiscriminate waste of
life on those trains and that bus. The bombs hurt people of all
nationalities and religions, and we must stand together to show the
terrorists that their violence will not stop us from living our lives in
I don't personally subscribe to any religion, but I know that we are all
in your prayers and for that I am grateful.
|I have just heard about the Council receiving many hate emails. It made
me want to write to you and tell you that these people are a minority.
I know that you'll know this - but please accept my heartfelt
appologies on behalf of these people calling themselves human beings.
I sincerely hope that there will be no serious incidents of backlash
against the Muslim Community.
We are many people that realise that the terrorists were fanatics - and
that's all that matters. Religion, skin colour, race, sex or anything
has nothing to do with this. And most people in London will know that.
This is truely a wonderful multicultural city (I, myself, am Danish)
and I would not wish to live anywhere else.
With all my love - and hopes for a peaceful future,
After the terrible events in London, I would like to voice my support
for the Muslim communities in the UK, whom I count as being as British
as I am. I can appreciate that people within your communities, as a
knock-on effect of the London bombings, must be subjected to feelings of
anxiety and distress as to any retributions that may be directed towards
Britain's Muslim population. I feel it necessary to say that I have
lived, studied and worked alongside young Muslims all my life, and I
have never failed to maintain a friendly and respectable relationship
with any Muslim, which I believe is a true reflection of the Muslim way
of life. Stereo-typing and discrimination may rear its ugly head due to
a small minority of UK citizens who do not wish to understand the
difficult position that Muslims find themselves in whenever these type
of terrorist occurences take place.
I sincerely hope that your
communities do not find themselves subject to ill-feeling or retribution
for these recent events in London, and will do my level best in my
community to ensure that these events are placed within the right
context, so that collectively we do not give rise to more misunderstanding.
May peace and Blessings be upon you all.
|I have heard no the news about the number of hate emails you have a
received as a result of the attacks on London yesterday and I am
appalled. I would like to share with you that I am deeply ashamed at
the actions of some Britons, sweeping generalisations will go no way
towards rebuilding our country and building our knowledge.
I have found it deeply shocking that it has come to the stage where
the Prime Minister has had to announce that the majority of Muslims
are law abiding, and to reinforce to the British people that the
actions of Al Qaeda are shocking and unacceptable to all sections of
I am of no faith, but I hold you in my thoughts and trust that your
faith will give you strength against these threats.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026