Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
My name is Laura and I was on the tube that was bombed between Russell
Square and Kings Cross. I feel shocked and ashamed that people have
reacted to this horrific act with hate and bigotry, and cannot
understand how people believe they have the right to brand an entire
religion due to the acts of a group who have no right to call themselves
Muslims. As a victim of what happened I want to make it clear that
no-one has the right to express their racism on behalf on what I went
through. The way forward now is through understanding and respect for
each other, that is the only way to defeat those who act to divide us.
|Mary Fallon |
|I am a Christian and wish to confirm my solidarity with you in this terrible
time. I have studied the Koran in my academic studies of Theology and study
of religions at Bristol University and know that the true follower will
abhor what has happened.
I am very sad that you have been threatened in this horrible way and am
ashamed of the evil minded people that accuse you. I can only apologise for
them and say that fear can hit people in different ways, not all honourable.
I will pray to God that this time will pass and pray that your dear families
do not suffer in your homes and in your communities. I also pray for peace
when all people will respect one another in our differing cultures and
religious practices. I honour and respect your way and know that we can
learn much from the dignity that you have shown in our towns, villages and
God go with you always. And in your ways All-ah be praised.
|Mr J Buckland
As a white Christian agnostic Londoner, by birth and upbringing, I wished to express, in however a humble fashion, my solidarity with the Muslim community of Great Britain in the light of any possible backlash engendered by the terrorist attacks of last Thursday. After the euphoria of Wednesday with the winning of the Olympic bid all Londoners suffered the most complete deflation the following day. The most significant part of that last sentence is the word "all" because it was patently obvious that this most ethnically diverse of cities stood shoulder to shoulder in both triumph and adversity If any backlash should occur please believe that it is the response of a very small and fearful part of our community and does not express the attitude of the vast majority of Britons, who like their brothers throughout the globe want only to live in peace and harmony. I am not generally given to the sending of such missives but I can think of no other way of recording my solidarity.
First of all I wanted to offer my deepest condolonces to the horrific
terrorist attacks on Thursday, 7th, 2005. The attacks killed Jews,
Christians and Muslims alike and should be condemned at every point. Having
said that, I was wondering if the Muslim Council in co-operation with other
Muslim organisations could arrange a big protest in London and other parts
of Britain against terrorism in order to mark our unified stance on
terrorism and that killing of innocents and civilians will not be tolerated
by us Muslims. I think this will show the whole world that we as Muslims are
unified against terrorism and other atrocities and could also prevent any
potential backlash against the Muslim communities in the world.
I do hope you will not mind my contacting your organisation, but I felt it imperative that I add my voice against all the unpleasant e-mails, telephone calls and correspondence you have been receiving since the London bombing on Thursday.
I believe it is crucial that every right-minded, fair person in this country offer your organisation and thereby every British Muslim the 'hand of friendship' in what are truly horrible and dark times for the United Kingdom. And that is what we should be, 'united'..............to be otherwise will give these awful people what they are looking for. They want us to loathe and abominate one another and I for one, shall not allow them to suceed in their ugly purpose.
Please tell your followers that there are people in the country who will always defend your beliefs and your rights and who absolutely will not tolerate any unpleasantness directed at your community.
Just an email to assure you that the VAST majority of British people of
whatever race, colour or belief support your efforts and condemn those
few madmen who choose to use the events of this week in London to attack
your faith and its members. I am English, white and an atheist.
|John Thomas |
|Please accept my post of support for all of those of the Moslem faith
who abide by the Koran and seek peace, harmony, and brotherhood amongst
the peoples of the world. I am sure that most Moslems condemn the acts
of the extremists who now are causing such harm in the world.
I, also, hope that zealous Christians might not take it in to their own
hands to harm innocent Moslems for the wrongdoing of a few.
With sincerest regards,
|My heart and spirit go out to every Briton this week. I pray that all
of God's children will learn to live together in peace and respect, for
as the Christian Bible says in I Corinthians Chapter 12: "...there are
differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are
diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all..."
Or, as I think of it, many rivers to the sea.
With best wishes,
|Gillian Bradshaw Ball |
I was very sorry to hear on the news that the Muslim Council of Britain
has received thousands of hate emails since the recent atrocities in
London. I am one of many other non-Muslims who appreciates the
contribution of British Muslims to our communities and culture, and I
wanted to send this email in support. I hope it is one of many.
|I wish all of you well in this terrible situation. I am not a Muslim
(though my last name may indicate that) but I still wish that you will
all remain safe. May you be spared retaliations by uninformed stupid
individuals who associate extremism with Islam. My prayers are with you.
|I am ashamed by some ofr the emails sent to you. The hate defined in
many those emails is racist and exactly what the terrorists are seeking
– a division of our beautiful multi-rational land of Britain. We all
stand together – from whatever creed, colour or class – against this
terrorism (as outlined in your condemnation!)
What more can we do? Lets all march against this – but perhaps Muslim
demonstrations across the world would have more influence.
Only to placate the racists, I am white Caucasian male originally from
the home counties.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026