Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|Mr Chris Drake|
|Hello Dear Members of the Muslim Council of Britain
I send you support and respect to you in these troubled times.
Please be reassured that I as an English born citizen offer my deepest
respects to your dead and do not consider you at all responsible. I am
shocked to read that some of your temples and members have had reprisals
I am sure that the majority of the intelligent Uk population will give you
support and hope that we will continue to live in peace with each
Peace and Respect to you all
I have just heard on the BBCís A Week In Westminster , that you have received lots of hate e-mail since the London bombings. I would just like to personally say sorry for the small minded people in this country who canít tell the difference between a follower of Islam and a terrorist. During the 70ís and 80ís the IRA were not called Catholic Terrorists, they were called the IRA. am personally agnostic but what I do know of Islam, it seems to be a faith rooted in a peace loving belief. Please pass on my apologies to all.
I am extremely distressed to hear about the number of hate messages you
have received, and just want to add my name to the growing number of
people sending you messages of support. Though I was born in the
Midlands, since moving to London nearly 40 years ago, I have always
loved living here precisely because it has such a vibrant mix of people.
I consider myself a Londoner along with all people from wherever they
come, who choose to live and work, and share in the life in London.
Wherever I have travelled with my husband, and we have been to some
wonderful places, we always feel the same rush of excitement when we
return to London - there is nowhere like it. My husband and I have
always been so proud that our children have always, since their school
days, had friends from different walks of life. They have never seen
colour, or creed as a barrier to friendship - and their friendships have
lasted. Some very bad people would like to damage the way of life we all
share, we must not let this happen. Where I live, we have many Muslim
neighbours - I dearly hope they will not fear to move about our
community the way they always have - and hope that no one will do or say
anything to change this. With sincere good wishes,
|To all Muslims in Great Britain.
After the attacks on Thursday in London I understand the horror that
many thousands of people are feeling after so many innocent lives were
However, I also am horrified that some may feel the need to lay the
blame at a religious communities door. I am not a Muslim but from what
I know of your faith you are no more violent or terrorist than any other
normal human beings. The people that do these horrible terrorist acts
are extremists in much the same way as the Naziís were 60 years ago and
no ordinary Muslim is any more to blame for these acts than the ordinary
German person was back then.
What I am trying to say is that as someone outside of your religion I
felt the need to let you know that I have faith that your community and
religion are peaceful and in no way are to blame for the acts of these
extremists. I have read the many statements in the press by Muslims
condemning the bombings but wanted to express my support to you all at
what is a difficult time for everyone.
We may not be of the same faith but my thoughts and prayers are with you
and all the victims of terrorism.
I've already written to the Berkshire chapter of the MCB, pledging my
support. I have been saddened to hear of an increase in hostility to
Muslims, not just since 9/11 but in the aftermath of the terrorist outrages
in London in the past week. I'm not a religious person but have a great
respect for a person's right to believe (or not believe), as they so wish.
You're in my thoughts at this very difficult time.
I was rather disturbed to read on CNN that the MCB had recieved three
thousand 'hate e-mails' since the terrible bombings on the tube. I am
writing to send a 'Support mail,'with good wishes and peace to all
within the muslim community. I am not muslim, am married with two
children of a christian/secular background, and bring my own children
up to respect all faiths and peoples, even though we are ostensibly
'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind'
With all good wishes to yourselves and your community at this difficult
I was saddened to read that you had received 30,000 hate e-mails after
last Thursdayís events.
I would like to add my voice in support of the communities you
represent. I hope and trust that intolerance will not prevail in these
With my best wishes,
I thank you for the support you have shown over the past few days. I
feel joined with you in decrying the events that have shaken Britain.
We all all British, irrespective of our differences. I abhor the people
who have 'possibly' sent you hate-mail. If they are from Britain then
accept my apologies.
WE are all joined in one fight - a fight to live our lives as we wish.
|Revd William Hogg|
like other members of my congregation I am appalled to hear that your
organisation and other muslim bodies around the country have been the
object of hate mail and threats following the tragic events of Thursday
in London. In our church we prayed yesterday for muslim people all over
Britain that you may be protected from violence or hostility of any kind.
A group from this parish visited the Mosque in Watford only a week ago
and we were made extremely welcome. I am convinced that everything that
can be done to further contact and communication between different faith
bodies is good. It is by talking to each other and meeting together that
we can have understanding and harmony between faith groups. Sadly there
are people of no faith, or who pretend to belong without actually
subscribing to the beliefs of peace and justice which we all have in
common, who stir up trouble and enmity. We can overcome this by meeting
and tlaking, and even praying together.
|Dr K Gilbert|
From the University of Wolverhampton, but also from my personal position as a fellow citizen of this country, I'm just writing to say that I firmly believe that in the UK we have the potential and capability to forge a truly tolerant society in which people of all faiths can feel free, secure and valued. I do hope we also have the strength of will to make it happen. I am sorry to hear that there have been attacks on mosques. The people who do this are not representative of the thinking people of this country. We are all in this together. We managed to get through the awful period of IRA terrorism, and eventually we will get through this too, as long as we stand together.
I just wanted to let you know that your organisation and the entire British
Muslim community has my support at what may be a difficult time for you
given some of the misled recriminations resulting from the London bombings.
I'm a white, agnostic Briton and I see no difficulties in recognising
muslims as a welcome contribution to British culture and as a valuable part
of British society and am disgusted at the racists who see this as an
opportunity to continue their ridiculous opinions.
With best wishes,
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
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