Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
I currently live in Dubai, but am from Stratford in East London.
I just wanted to write a quick note following the bombings in London on
Thursday to say that I and all the people I know fully realise that, whoever
may have carried out the attacks, this is nothing to do with the Muslim
community as a whole in the UK, just as IRA bombings were nothing to do with
Irish Catholics as a whole. Hopefully this is apparent from most of the
emails etc you have received, although sadly there will always be some right
wing idiots who seek to maximise strife.
I am very proud of our mixed society and am convinced that together we all
make the UK a stronger and better place to live in.
I am a Christian living in Leeds. I would like to offer my support for
the anti-terrorism statements that you have issued, a viewpoint that I
have often heard from my many Muslim friends and contacts. I am dismayed
by the number of hate emails that you have received, despite all that
has been said in the media by Muslim people, condemning the attack on
Terrorist attacks should bring together all those of any faith, or none,
who genuinely wish to work for peace in our world . I have nothing to
offer but my sincere sympathy for the backlash of hatred and lack of
understanding that has been unleashed as a result of the events of last
Thursday and my prayers for your safety at present and a better
understanding of your wonderful faith in the future.
Love and Peace
I have read reports that you - or maybe another Muslim organisation -
have received quantities of abusive email since the tragedy in London
I am sorry not to be more certain of my facts, but the truth is I
don't take a great deal of notice of "organisations" or "statements".
I am English, Church of England, loyal Conservative, through and
through and I don't take much notice of their statements, either. We
are all people, we agree or disagree. I do not agree with all Muslim
thinking, I do not agree with all Roman Catholic thinking, and I am
perfectly certain that an awful lot of people don't agree with all of
my thinking. However, it simply is a fallacy that different thinking
makes one person better or worse than any other person: within
reasonable limits, of course. One cannot pretend that people who
think it acceptable to go about blowing up innocents are the best
examples of Man.
"Do unto others...", "First, do no harm... " These are the precepts
by which decent people in this great land of ours live, whatever
their race, religion or creed.
For what it's worth, my daughter, who escaped unharmed by seconds
last Thursday, is a very typical Londoner. What is worrying her most
is that there should be an unwarranted backlash against people not
remotely connected with the events, many of whom she counts as her
The abuse London has received, and that which you have received, is
meted out by no more than the scum which, sadly, floats in any
I was horrified to see on the television last night that windows had
been smashed at a Mosque following the attacks in London, and also that
disrespectful emails had been received my Muslim organisations.
As a white, non-Muslim, I wanted it to be known that I deplore the
actions of these idiots.
I would love to see all religious communities and nationalities living
together in harmony.
I feel your work to disseminate information across communities is very
worthy in helping to achieve this aim.
I sit here reading about the hate mail you have received, and I am yet
again dismayed at the attitude of a tiny minority of my 'fellow'
countrymen of White Anglo-Saxon decent. They have not the sense to
realize that, as well as not being representative of the feelings of the
majority of us, each such e-mail gives a tiny victory to the
perpetrators of Thursday's outrage. I'd bet they even claim to be Christian!
I was brought up in the Christian Faith, though I have long since given
that up. But as a result, I know little of the teachings of Islam, a
fault I feel I should rectify. But I do believe that the person we now
refer to as Jesus Christ would be horrified at the things which have
been, and continue to be done, in His name (Bush and Blair are
'Christians'). Like wise, I think the Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon
him) would be equally horrified at the things done supposedly in the
name of Islam, as I know are the vast majority of the Muslim community.
We don't even have proof yet that the bombs were planted by anyone
claiming to represent Islam, but the bigots aren't capable of thinking
There isn't a Muslim community in the town I now live, as far as I know.
But I was brought up in a town with a moderately sized Muslim community.
They were all decent, hard working, law abiding people. More important,
the ones I associated with regularly were good friends! And that, I'm
sure, is what the majority of 'White Anglo-Saxon' British know!
The bigots who send hate mail are just as much terrorists as the people
who plant bombs; the methods aren't as spectacular, but the end result,
the spreading of fear and suspicion, is just the same. But as long as we
all stand together as friends, while respecting each others beliefs, the
bigots, like the bombers, can never win.
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
|Jo Elsmore |
|As a Christian, I would like to convey my deepest respect for the Muslim
community in Great Britain. I work with many Muslims in the NHS and in
no way connect Islam with the actions of the terrorosts behind last
Thursdays bombings. I know you are getting hate emails and I wanted you
to hear a message of support for the great faith of Islam and the Moslem
community we are priviedged to have enriching the culture of this
Have just read a piece of news by MSN this evening stating that you have
been getting a lot of hate mail which has totally disgusted me.
Being a white person who lives and works in Central London and of a Catholic
father and Buddist mother I am sending you a personal message of support
that not every person in London blames Muslims for the terrible attacks in
London, in every religion and race their are a minority of bad people or
people who use religion or race for their own means. Being born and bred in
London my whole life mean that I never see people as black, white, indian or
muslim, christian or whatever reglion they believe in just as other human
Good luck and do not believe that every white person from Britain is against
you as you have mine and my families support.
We have heard that, following the bomb attacks on London last week, you
have received many thousands of abusive and threatening emails. We
believe that this racist and ignorant behaviour is deplorable and as
British nationals we are ashamed and embarrassed. Please know that
there are many like us who understand that Islam and the MCB have
nothing to do with the bombings. We wish to express our most sincere
feelings of solidarity at this difficult time and hope that Britain's
many Muslims can continue to enliven our culture and society as they do
so vibrantly in the area in which we live - Stoke Newington, London.
|i'm sorry to see that you have recieved so much hatred from my fellow
you won't get it from me. and i'm not alone, they way out of this mess
is tolerane and respect, not bigotry and hatred
|I find it very depressing - but perhaps not surprising - that your
organisation and mosques are suffering a backlash from last Thursday's
tragic events in London. This is a time for all religions to proclaim
their faith and what this means for the good of all humanity.
Although this is just an email from me as an individual (non-conformist
Christian, if you need a label) - with not much idea how I can offer
much support beyond this - nevertheless I hope it shows that there is a
common feeling of needing to stand together, and that there are
non-Muslims who do support your work.
|Mrs Christina Ravenhill|
|To The Muslim Council of Great Britain, i would like to give you a
message of support following the bombings in London, that comes from my
heart. I am a British citizen who was born and brought up in the East
End of London. I hope that you know that not all British people hate
Muslims or other cultures. I have the benefit of coming from a Greek
Cypriot family, which i think has helped me to try and understand
different ways of life. The vast majority of British people embrace the
diverse cultures which make this country rich in so many ways. We are
all valuable human beings with different skills and views that should
enrich the society in which we should all be allowed to live, in peace
and harmony together. We were all created by a God who loves us and
cares for us, and we should show that same love to each other,
irrespective of colour, or where we come from.|
There are good and bad people from every race. I'm a Christian, and
there are plenty of Christian's who make me feel ashamed because of
the terrible things they say and do. Sadly people don't realise how
damaging words can be to others. People also don't understand Muslim
traditions and lifestyle, and don't show respect for other cultures in
the way that they should. I have heard that the Koran consists of
teaching for a peaceful way of life, but i am very ignorant of this Holy
book, and i should find out more about it before i can make any remark.
But i can imagine that you are equally horrified and saddened by the
I don't wish to patronise anybody, but i would like to give my support,
and tell you that not all British people are selfish and uneducated. I
behave the same way with everyone i meet, i don't have a problem with
anyone, and that's how i would like it to stay. Please don't take notice
of any negative remarks directed at Muslim people because that does not
represent society as a whole. That's purely the trouble making element
using this as an opportunity to behave like hooligans. These are dark
days that we are all trying to live in, and sadly there are probably
more to come. We should all stand strong, and proud together as one, and
show the terrorists that we will not live in fear of them.
With sincere best wishes,
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026