Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|As a member of the christian community in Leeds a diverse and multi
cultural city, I would like to express my gladness at your strong
message of commendation of the bombings in London, I would have expected
no less from you as members of a prayerful community in touch with the
reality of a loving God.
I am appalled at the hate mail you have received and offer my support of
the muslim community in the UK . Be assured that I will strive in my day
to day speech and interactions to support muslims and to challenge
Islamophobia. yours laura Smith
Dear Muslim Council of Britain.|
I was saddened to read that you had been receiving a significant amount
of “hate mail” following the bombings in London on Thursday. Though it
should go without saying, I just wanted to let you know that, as a
British non-Muslim, I completely support the work you do in propagating
Muslim values in this country, and that I and all my friends value
highly the positive contribution that the Muslim community makes to the
cultural life of the country.
With best wishes,
|I was very sorry to hear of the 30,000+ abusive emails you have received
since Thursday last week. It is ridiculous for anyone to blame all Muslims
for this, any more than we blamed all Catholics for IRA bombs.
Clearly those who have bombed London believe themselves to be Muslims, that
is their prerogative, but surely we can be intelligent enough to see that
they are simply deluded mass murderers attempting to justify their
psychopathic behaviour by claiming erroneously that it is in the name of
|I just wanted to give you a quick email, to support your beliefs and
faith, to which I do not belong, but that I have a strong belief that
people should be able to follow any religion they choose in the UK.
I have no religion that I follow myself, as I was not particularly
brought up with any particular religious beliefs, although I feel that
the overall message that all religions support, i.e. to love and care
for each other and not be selfish – do as you would be done by etc. is
an important part of living as one in a community.
I am pleased that there has not been a backlash to your faith following
the events in London and this shows the unity that we enjoy in the UK.
Things are never perfect, but there is hope for other areas of the world
when we show that different religions can live side by side here.
We are above all, human, and we should care for each other without
selfishness, jealousy or spite.
|When I heard what was happening in London on Thursday I had two thoughts
very quickly after the obvious ones of concerns for the victims. The first
was that this is what is happening every day in Iraq. Then I became
concerned for ordinary Muslim people in this country who I knew would be
attacked and insulted by ignorant bigots. I was frightened for you all,
particularly those of you living in impoverished inner city areas. I read
in The Observer newspaper today that MCB had received thousands of hate
emails. I am sorry about that.
I wish I could have travelled the 200 miles from where I live in Somerset
and come into the Mosque in St. John's Wood, head wrapped because I am a
woman, and offered flowers to you. Whether I am female, whether I am not
Muslim, whether we are so different in many ways, I wish to say this: I
will, if I see unpleasantness and nastiness happening in front of me
towards a Muslim or a person thought to be one, to the best of my capacity,
try to stand up for them.
These are very hard times. Whatever the Western powers have inflicted on
Muslim nations, the seeds we have sown are bearing bad fruit, I know this.
I also know that nothing comes of war, or violence, or revenge. Having said
that, I do not live in a refugee camp, have not seen my husband or son
marched off to be killed, have not had my home bulldozed. But I do think,
after 62 years, I am beginning to understand the causes of things, and they
are complex and need unravelling.
What I can do to help I will. You have my promise.
|Would the Muslim League in Britain consider requesting all the mosques in
the cities to put up prominent posters outside, condemning the terrorist
attacks and reinforcing the message that we are part of the community.
I can not see that the police are going to prevent attacks on the mosques or
provide security at this time. This may be a way to take positive action to
avoid retaliatory attacks which have started elsewhere.
Can I offer my deepest sympathy to everyone and in particular all
Muslims over any hurt they may have felt over recent events in London.
May I also apologise for any ill feeling your community may have
experienced as a result of reaction to events.
I am an atheist, I have no god but I respect the choices others have
I have travelled widely in Syria, Pakistan, Jordan and Iran and
consider Muslims as some of the kindest people on earth. I am writing
this because I believe so very strongly that ordinary 'white' (I hate
to use that term but it sums up what I am getting at) people like me
should show support to everyone including your community. We must all
rise above the terror and embrace each other as true friends in our
very vibrant, multi cultural society.
Accordingly if there is any little thing that I could do to help
anyone at this time please let me know. Also I would love to visit one
of your Mosques in London and find out more about your beliefs so that
I would be better educated about Islam.
With kind regards
|I'm afraid I do not believe in any comments from the muslim community
about how they are against terrorism!
Nearly all the terrorist acts today are the work of muslims, your
religion might say you shouldn't kill anyone, but a lot of followers of
the moslem faith are extreme, and how do we tell the difference? There
are obviously muslim terrorist cells operating in the UK and none of us
are safe, thanks to the Govenrment allowing so many into this country,
there is no control!|
Moslems do not integrate, you want your own schools, your own
communities, your own methods of slaughtering animals for food.
Your women accept being second class citizens, whilst we believe in
equal rights for men and women! We have nothing in common!
My family and friends feel that we are slowly being taken over!
Why should we be encouraged by the Labour government to accept this?
This is a Christian country after all!
I am a liberal non religious family man, a citizen of the UK for a
number of years.|
Could you please explain to me, as I am very anxious to understand, the
concept of Jihad, and why it is that young men of the Muslim faith are
so willing to sacrifice their lives. Is the doctrine universal to the
faith, or is it confined to a particular sect?
Finally, why are certain religious leaders so zealous in the preaching
of this doctrine, and why are they and the doctrine not condemned by the
leaders of the faith?
I seek this information in the interests of greater understanding.
With many thanks for your help
I wanted to express my displeasure at all of the (according to the BBC website) unpleasant emails that you have received over the past few days. It is quite obvious that we have a lot of unthinking people in our country and that they clearly have no understanding of what has taken place in Central London this week.
To show my support for the Muslim people of London I went out of my way to do my shopping yesterday in a predominantly Muslim part of London, and ensured that I spoke warmly to shopkeepers and shoppers around me. There is such a rich diversity of cultures in London and I enjoy experiencing and engaging with them all.
I just wanted to share with you my thoughts and show you that some of us are caring and supportive of your communities and always will be.
I hear on today’s news that you have received over 30,000 abusive
emails; I would hope that this is a usual media exaggeration – however,
my fear is that it is not.
I had no doubt in mind when I heard the news, leaking slowly through
yesterday as I sat at my desk, that you would be promoted to issue the
statement that you did. No right thinking, intelligent person would
expect otherwise. We do not need to be told that you condemn these acts
– we know you do. It’s only the ignorant or the bigot who would look to
any other perspective.
All faiths condemn violence, this should be a time when all faiths look
to their similarities and not their differences, I offer my love and
support to people of all faiths and pray to our one God that whatever
pain and anger is in the hearts of people who perpetrate this sort of
crime they may find another way to explore this anger and their sense of
I believe and hope this short message is one of many that will outnumber
the abusive ones.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026