Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|Dear Muslim Council,
I heard about an influx of hate emails on the radio and was moved to write
and offer my support against the retaliatory attacks against British mosques and Muslims.
The people who perpetrate such attacks seem to be motivated by similarly
narrow (reactionary) viewpoints as the people who planted the explosives in London.
I hope this email of support can counteract, ever so slightly, the negative
messages you have received.
I'm sure there are many many people who would join me in condemning the
despicable actions of the stupid, narrowminded few.
|I understand that you have been getting a lot of hate mail in response to the bombs in London yesterday. I want you to know that this is not how everyone thinks.
When there is indiscriminate murder, we are all equally vulnerable. I know that your religion does not encourage slaughter of the innocent any more than do the other great religions of the world. We share the planet. People of good will of all religions have more in common with each other than any of us do with violent extremists who profess our own religion.
I just wanted to mail and say how I fear that the worst repercussion of
yesterdayís atrocities will be a backlash against Muslims.
Iím a white British male, as shocked and dismayed by yesterdayís events
as any rational person.
I passionately believed that noone in our country could be so
narrow-minded to turn this attack as a reason to hate all Muslims. To me
it seems blatantly clear that no sensible person could link the actions
of fundamentalist fools with the actions of normal, everyday, Muslims. I
believe most Muslims enjoy living in this country. I also understand how
many Muslims could have strong views against our country, our
government, and our attitudes towards the Middle East.
Listening to the news this lunchtime, it appears that there is a
backlash happening, and acts of hatred and violence are being
perpetrated against Muslim targets.
I live in Oxford, and donít really have any social contact with our
Muslim community. At the same time, I wanted to somehow say something to
add my support to you, and state that our ignorant racists in this
country are not representative of everyone. Thatís really the reason for
sending this email Ė it was the only way I could think of to stand in
support of the Muslim community.
Iíve never sent an email like this, but have thought about it many
times, every time there is a potential flash point. I am not sure what I
can do as an individual to build community links and stamp out racism of
I strongly hope we will build a unified country. 24hrs before the
attacks, I felt the greatest sense of unity ever, as London won the
|I am a Christian. I bid you Peace at a difficult time. I think that
Jews, Muslims and Christians should unite after these atrocious acts in
a vocal a visible way. The most visible way that these acts could be
denounced is by a mass rally attended by 100's of thousands in Hyde Park
attended in strength by Jews, Muslims and Christians. The public must
know that no faith can support those who commit atrocious acts in the
name of God. The terrorists must know they are not welcome and cannot
hide in religious places of worship. The faithful must know that
support of this Jihad is an unjust cause.|
We may have different beliefs and you may believe that Christians are
misguided, but the fact is we all believe in one God and follow His
law. God would never want people killed in this way to satisfy His
will. These people will never enter the Kingdom of Paradise. Speak
out and let us all be heard.
Listening to the World at One I hear there have been many horrible
emails addressed to Muslims since yesterday
This is just to send you a message of support & solidarity, from a white
english non muslim woman,
We are one humanity who must seek peaceful ways together of sharing
our world, and condemn acts of barbarity
including bombing innocent people on London underground trains or in Iraq
|I just wanted to say I send my support to the muslim community of the
UK, As a WASP I feel that now is a time for intergaration and closer
ties. I know that your community will no doubt be targetted by some
idoitic people but I think now is the time to start living together and
intergrating for the sake of yoursleves and us.
I wish you all the best of luck in the trying times ahead and hope that
we can find a way to live together and find who did this awfull crime. I
imagine there were also Muslim casualties and my heart goes to them and
Yours in support Alex King
|John Wicks |
|I have just read in The Guardian that you have received 30,000 abusive
emails and I find this shocking. The people who send these are as
bigoted as the people who planted the bombs yesterday. They are not as
evil but they are nonetheless wicked and stupid.
Please believe that we are not all like that.
|I have just read in the paper that you have been receiving thousands of
threatening and abusive messages since the horrific events of yesterday
I am writing with a message of my own -
My skin is pale, my home is Britain, my blood is anglo-saxon, celtic,
Irish, Italian - so like most Brits from all places I am a mix of
experience and background. I am afraid that in the days to come, many
British Muslims (as well as all asians and possibly africans, as racists
do not seem to even understand major differences and see only brown
skin) will be the target of small minded and weak people who do not
accept anyone who is not exactly like them.
I am writing to tell you that I am an ally against racism and violence -
I want the place I call home to be a place of diversity,
open-mindedness...and not just tolerance but acceptance of difference
and the richness it brings.
My friends are not chosen based on the colour of their skin, religious
beliefs, or backgrounds - they are chosen for their hearts - and I want
to let you know that myself and the people I call my friends do not
accept what these hate mongers are trying to do, and we will be
challenging it at every possible point.
May we stand together for peace.
|Just a brief message to express my sorrow and
disappointment that the Council have been receiving
threatening and hateful emails since the events of
I am sure you appreciate that the vast majority of
British people of all colours and religions realise
that these acts (and the extremists who carry them
out) have nothing to do with the true spirit of Islam.
|Dear Sir / Madam,
I felt moved to contact you today in response to some news I heard on 5 live
today. I understand you have received many insults and death threats etc
after yesterdays terror attacks and I would like to say how sorry I am.
To me this reaction is exactly what the terrorists were hoping for. By
doing what they do, they hope to spread division and suspicion amongst our
communities and therefore create the conditions they need to thrive. It is
important at this time that we all stand together in condemning these
attacks. I for one would like to distance myself from the ignorant comments
made by many non Muslims and offer you my support and thoughts at what must
be an even more difficult time for yourselves than for most of us.
I heard a story today of a Muslim woman who is now to scared of others
reactions to go out alone as she wears Islamic dress. This illustrates how
the terror spread is at least as acutely felt by Muslisms as any other
The actions that these people took have nothing to do with religion. I don't
know much about Islam but I do know that no religion truly condones the
killing of innocents, both Muslim or non Muslim as happened yesterday. To me
Bin Laden and Bush are just 2 sides of the same coin with power as its
figurehead while both misuse religious beliefs for their own ends.
Often I hear it said that the onus is on Muslims to show they are supportive
of Britain or a part of our community. Today it is equally important for non
Muslims to stand shoulder to shoulder with decent, law abiding Muslims in
order to show we will not be tricked or scared into following the path of
violence and oppression that the terrorists would have us go down.
The response of the people in London gives us hope for the future. People
responded as a community, lending phones, finding ways home for each other,
train drivers working unpaid overtime and builders offering blood to
hospitals. As long as we keep this sense of decency, togetherness and
respect for one another, the terrorists and dictators will never win.
I have just read that you are receiving hate mail from bigots about the
bombings that occured yesterday. Please know that the people who consider
Muslims to be all the same and think that what happened is a good thing are
in the minority. I myself am White and have encountered racism against me
due to where I live and my skin colour, but it has happened on such a small
amount of occaisions that I have never considered classing all people the
same and the people involved were not by any means a fair representation of
their ethnic group - They were drunken idiots.
I sincerely hope that there is not a further backlash against the Muslim
comminity, or any other community for that matter as people need to educate
themselves into the obvious. It is extremist behaviour from a tiny section
of people, not the beliefs of many.
Sorry this is rambling, but I felt the need to say I hope you guys are ok
and many many people out there dont hate you.
|Mike Bishop |
I see today on the web news that you have received over 3,000 hate mail.
I am sorry to see this, as this does not represent the British attitude
towards the muslim community.
We have always lived in a multi-racial country and I am proud of that fact.
I would like to say that many English people do not have hatred for
the muslim community, we appreciate that many muslim families are
appalled at the events on the 7th and share the same hatred for the
terrorists NOT at the muslim community.
The last thing we need is a race war on our hands. People of the muslim
community should not be judged for what the terrorist have done.
We should all stand together against these cowards.
|I am so sorry to hear you have been receiving hate mail from mindless
idiots that equate all muslims with fanatical terrorists.
Please understand most people in this country do not believe that, and
most of us can understand that most muslims are indeed law abiding and
hate the terrorists as much as we do.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to those Muslims who have been killed or
bereaved by this terrible atrocity.
Please don't let a minority of idiots ruin relations between us, thats
what these people want. To divide us.
I just wanted to offer a gesture of support... not everyone jumps to
conclusions. These acts are perpetrated by individuals- who make choices
that others do not, even under the same circumstances of injustice. Be
assured that not everyone blames an entire faith or ethnic group for the
acts of insane and inhuman individuals.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026