Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
The other day, I saw and heard a young muslim man on GMTV take a
question relating to Islam and how it may have been that Al-Queda
terrorists were behind the bombings on 070705.
He was asked a question in relation to why it was possible that this
attack on innocent people could have been down to Muslim influence. Now
I do not want to split hairs and I realise that I may not be 100%
factually correct in quoting this gentleman but I would like to make a
He immediately went on the defensive, almost as if he himself was the
accused in defending Islam and the Muslim way of life. It really was an
Now my questions are as follows and they are in relation to the attitude
of young Muslims towards the West:-
1. Is the issue to do with politics or is it in fact the religion that
is to blame for hatred against the west?
2. What are Muslims in this country going to do about home-grown
3. How can you allow this to happen within your church and community?
4. How can people live in this country whilst swearing allegiance to
another country and hating the people who they live next-door to?
I look forward to your reply.
|Just wanted to pass on my solidarity as a non-Muslim Brit and say how sickened I am to hear of reprisals and hate messages against innocent Muslims after Thursday's terror attacks.
It saddens me that this ignorant minority don't realise that their actions only perpetuate intolerance and violent hatred, and give the terrorists exactly what they're aiming for.
I'm proud to be a Brit and a Londoner, of our great city where all races and religions not only live together, but share cultures, tolerance and friendship.
Our diversity enriches us and makes us stronger. We will never be defeated by terrorists or anyone who seeks to divide us.
Love & peace,
I live here in the US. on the West Coast - I am very sorry that people
are condemning the religion of Islam, as well as Muslims, for this
massacre, by pure terrorists. I am white, Christian, yet I KNOW this
terror is perpetrated by evil, cruel & inhumane "people" that call
themselves Muslim - it would be like Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the
Oklahoma Government building, calling himself a Christian & doing so in
the name of God - most people here are terribly sad for the death &
injuries, but we also know that this act was terrorism, by terrorists,
in the name of Islam, but by non Islamic people\; no mattere their race
or religion, it is terrorism, no matter how it's looked at.
|As an Irish man I can empathise with the feelings of the Islamic
communities in the UK after the bombings in London. In the 70s and the
80s we were the pariah people. Sadly, you have taken our mantle. Stand
strong, be proud of who you are and resist all associations between
Islam and the sick people who planted the bombs. My thoughts are with
|Dear all, |
I would just like to say after watching the news, I was quite
upset that the far right have been sending ugly messages to you,
Please don't think they are the majority of what British people think,
they are not. London has such a good mixture of people, colour ,
religion and cultures etc...I would hate to think parts of the community
would isolate itself. I am intelligent enough to know that the majority
of muslims cherish life, love and peace and that they are not all
potential suicide bombers. Just like not all catholics are potential IRA
bombers, or, all Tamils are potential bombers in Sri Lanka. Every
community has suffered, look at that beautiful young muslim girl that is
missing, if she is dead, what a waste of a beautiful young life. I am
not very religious myself, but when I fly I ask for a safe flight from
them all, God, Allah,Jehova,Buddah, or anyone that can give a helping
hand. I love the diversity of my country, I think it would be very
boring without it(and the food would be awful!), we are all brothers and
there is enough room on this earth to accomodate us all, so let's
appreciate each other and carrying on living and growing together. Best
of luck to you all.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,|
I should just like to say that I am horrified by the response of some people to the London bombing. Already, without evidence, people are attributing the atrocities to followers of your Faith, and assuming that , if this is true, that the bombers are acting for and on behalf of Islam.
I find this incomprehensible. Even if the atrocities are committed by Islamists, I do not think that they speak or act for Islam any more than the I R A or U V F acted or spoke on behalf of Christians.
As a Christian (Roman Catholic) and Pacifist (Thou shalt not kill, Blessed are the peacemakers...) I shall as an individual do everything in my power to reject racial and religious prejudice. I abhor the personal and collective attacks upon members of your Faith, and I shall do all I can to further concord and harmony between members of your Faith and the Christian Faith. I cling to the Old Testament vision of all of Humankind ascending the Holy Mountain. We are all children of the same Father.
Sincerely with love and prayers
I have watched with disgust the news this evening that Muslims are being
targeted in some sort of misguided revenge for the London bombing.
I believe, and desperately hope, that these imbeciles are a minority
extremist group, just as the perpetrators of the bombings are a minority
extremist group. These people are terrorists, not Muslim, not Christian
- just terrorists. Their hate is what drives them, not their culture or
We must not let these events breed further hate or we will have let the
terrorists score a triumph. We must all join together, celebrating our
cultural diversity, and damn the terrorists who threaten our way of life.
With warmest regards.
Just writing to you to offer a message of support. I heard that you got some 3000 hatemails. Well here's a nice one.
I don't think you're responsible for what happened in London. The very proposition is ludicrous. Only an idiot would mistake it with terrorism.
I sincerely hope you all stay safe and that no harm comes to Muslims.
|I would like to thank all Muslims for their support that I have read on
the web. I am so angry, saddened and, just, shocked,by what has happened
in London. I was born in London, my parents were born in London and my
children are Londoners. How ANYONE on this planet we all live on,can
JUSTIFY blowing fellow HUMAN beings to pieces is beyond belief.
Fortunately, 99.999999999% of the people on our Earth are good, pure and
most importantly of all; not full of bigoted bullshit.
London WILL continue, we WILL survive, and in the words of a guy wuth
a cigar and a crappy hat 60 years ago "We shall NEVER surrender"
|Martin and Jo Black|
My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to condemn the
hate-mail you have received.
As a born and bred Londoner I felt nothing but shame when I heard of
the abuse that your organisation and British Muslims have suffered
during the last few days.
Please be assured you have support from my family.
|I am not a Muslim. However, I am interested in the way Muslims have
denounced events such as September 11th, Madrid, Turkey and now the London
You say that Islam does not condone such atrocious acts, that Islam does not
at all endorse violence against innocent citizens.
Actions speak louder than words. Rather than releasing official statements
to the effect mentioned above, I would urge you to be more pro-active in
your professed stance against terrorism.
Governments around the world now have in place some degree of recourse for
those who observe activities of corruption or ill will going on within their
institutions, namely, “whistleblower” hotlines, for example, that one can
call to report suspicious activity.
If Muslims truly stand against terrorism and militant extremism, why don’t
you establish something similar in your mosques. Because, it is almost
without exception that the perpetrators of said horrible events committed in
the name of Allah are, first, recruited (or recruiters), then regular
worshippers, at your “mosques.”
Again – actions do speak louder than press releases.
For further information please contact the MCB:
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