Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
I'm not a Muslim. I'm a Buddhist and I admit to knowing little of the teachings you follow. One thing I am sure about however is that the people who performed the atrocity yesterday did nothing in the name of your religion, but rather for some peverse power-fuelled goal, which I cannot begin to understand. I realise that at this time you must be receiving a huge amount of hate mail from people who do not understand this difference, which I feel is a great tragedy and failure of communication on someone's part. I wanted you to know that while there are those who link you directly or indirectly with the terrible events of yesterday, I know that they are wrong. It is deeply ironic that those who have commited such crimes against humanity in the name of Islam have in fact endangered that very name.
I hope that the future holds well for you all, and that in time these criminals can be caught for the good of us all.
I wanted to say that, distressing and disgusting as hate messages may be
- and I am so sorry you are receiving some - they represent a very small
minority of non-Muslims in this country. The majority of us are able to
make the distinction 'yes to Islam, no to terrorism', understanding that
the acts of yesterday are carried out by individuals using the name of
Islam, but that they bear no resemblance to the majority of Muslims or
to Islam itself. We understand that the average Muslim is repulsed by
the actions of yesterday by the unrepresentative few, in the same way,
for example, that the average British person was repulsed by the actions
carried out in Abu Grabbe by people not representative of the average
Britain and who brought shame on their nation.
It is very sad to see when people turn on each other as a result of the
horrific acts of certain individuals, and I really hope that the
peaceful, rational majority - Muslim and non-Muslim - will in these
crucial days shout louder than those very few - Muslim and non-Muslim -
bent on violence and hatred.
I am a christian living in london & i hope that you tell the muslims of
my community to walk with there head held high & not to feel in anyway
responsible for anything that occured in our great city yesterday, it is
wrong for anyone to suggest that any one from the muslim faith with true
islamic values would have anything to do with any attack anywhere
causing so much death and destruction.
with respect and christian love
I have just read in The Guardian that you have received 30,000 messages of hate since yesterday. I know that I may be only one voice but I am writing to utterly condemn anyone who would write such things or hold such attitudes. I sincerely hope that you are also receiving many messages such as this and can only say that there are many more people like me who are horrified by extremists holding all Muslims responsible for terrorism.
I thought I would drop a letter to say that, personally, I’d like to
offer my thanks for your messages of support in this time. Irrespective
of who is responsible for the bombings yesterday, the claims of
responsibility coming from “Al-Qaeda” can not help you in your calls for
peace between Muslim, Christian, and other communities at this time.
For what it’s worth I’d like to offer words of support to you. As a
multinational atheist myself, I can see that tarring a brush over an
entire culture due to the actions of a few can be detrimental for
I dearly hope that you, and Muslims across Great Britain and further a
field do not suffer as an effect of the actions taken by these few
individuals. I hope Britain at this time can excel through this tragedy
and form closer bridges between disparate communities here. It is my
hope that this event will not divide us further, but end in greater
My wishes go to you and yours,
|Lyn Shepherd |
Please please realise that we do NOT all think that every Muslim is a
potential threat. I, like hundreds of thousands of others realise that
each man is responsible to himself for himself and everybody is equal.
No race or faith can be blamed for the few.
I and millions accept that most want the same aims as you, to lead a
good life, treat others as you would want to be treated and above all
respect for all including yourself.
I have no given faith but respect yours and all others.
|Dear sisters and brothers,|
I am a North American Anglican clergywoman. I
just heard on the radio that the Muslim Council
has been verbally attacked in the wake of the
attacks on London yesterday. Although you don't
know me, please accept my sorrow and outrage that
you would be abused in this way, and my
solidarity with you as a fellow person of faith.
You and all the people of London are in my
prayers, that you might be protected from further
Peace be with you always,
|As a British Christian I would like to offer my solidarity and make
clear that no sensible person should hold you responsible for the recent
outrage. I hope that no innocent Muslim will be victimised through
ignorance and prejudice. Wishing you peace and goodwill,
|Will Mann |
|I'm terrified at the prospect of a backlash against Muslims in London
and elsewhere. I'll do what I can to make other non-Muslims see sense.
With best wishes
|I read in the Guardian today about the abusive messages you've been
receiving. From a white Anglo Saxon I'd like to send you a message
of support on behalf of the vast majority of British people who can see
and understand the situation as it is. I wish you well in your PR
My apologies - but I feel very angry, very hurt , utterly screwed up
inside - the problem is that someone somwhere is using the Koran to
"justify" what has been done. Can someone please tell me where is the
compassion and the mercy in Islam ? You say God is compassionate and
merciful, where was He in London yesterday ?
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