Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|Mr and Mrs Barton|
I just wanted to write and tell you that I am a practising Catholic (Christian) and my family do not believe that all Muslims are terrorists, in fact the association of the word Islam and terrorism is an oxymoron! I find it offensive and absurd for others to say such things, ignorance breeds fear and fear brings violence. I have friends who are Muslim and I know they love God and their fellow man. Please be assured of our prayers for tolerance and calmness from those who know no better and seeking "scape goats", that the perpetrators will be caught and brought to justice and also that there will be a just end to all of this violence, and may God bless and keep us all in His love and peace.
Pax et bonum (Peace and all good)
I read with horror and disgust of the hate mail your organisation has
received in the wake of the London bombings. As a practising Christian I
do not believe these atrocities have anything to do with true believers
in Islam and I will do everything in my limited power to stop this
insidious campaign against Muslims. Sadly, throughout history, all three
monotheistic religions have allowed evil men to take on their mantle and
commit great atrocities. I look to the day when these three great
religions can live even more closely together.
|Mr S Bailey
I'm a member of the British National Party.
On yesterday's news I heard a representative of your organisation speaking of the many hate messages you've received since the dreadful acts in London on Thursday.
I just want you to know that not all British nationalists are neo-nazi skinheads. I feel as disgusted by 'the above' as you do when terrorists blow people up and claim Islam as their justification.
Our 2 groups will never agree, but I hope our disagreements will always be peaceful and civilized. After all, innocent muslims died on Thursday too.
My hope is that British Nationalism and Islam can co-exist.
|Dear Sir / Madam,|
This e-mail is in way of support of all British Muslims and innocent
Muslims the worldwide.
I know that ordinary Muslims have had no part in the atrocity of the
bombings on Thursday. However, the perpetrators of these crimes have
done it in the name of Islam. I urge the MCB to mobilise all British
Muslims to stand up and be counted to show that these people do not
speak for them.
Why not have a mass peaceful gathering of _all_ Muslims to show the
other peoples of this country, and the terrorists, that British Muslims
will not accept the terrorists stealing their faith and behaving badly
in its name. I suggest that other faiths are invited to join the
gathering and that all faiths carry banners and signs which speak
directly to the terrorists demanding that they stop.
Please take this e-mail in the way that it is intended. I wish for world
peace and for all peoples of this country to live in harmony with each
other, enjoying the diversity of the various cultures that live side by
Thank you and best wishes
|Having just heard a report on the TV stating that since Thurs 7th July
you have received 30,000 messages of hate I felt compelled to email you
a message of support from a white British non-Muslim who knows that you
and 99.99999% of Muslims neither support nor condone what happened in
London this week. I am ashamed of my countrymen who have sent you
abuse and I apologise on their behalf. I wish people of all
perspectives would realise that hatred and bigotry breeds nothing but
more hatred and bigotry, and it is understanding, compassion and
respect that will mean that we can all live together in peace.
|In these difficult times it is important to realise
one thing: This is not about religion or race, it is
about us and them; we who have love in our hearts and
they who have only hate, whether they are islamist
terrorists or right-wing extremists.
We must all stand up and be proud of who we are and
the wonderful diversity of our country.
|Dear people at MCB,
I read in the papers that some malicious and misguided people were prompted by
the terrible events in London on Thursday to write angry and malevolent emails
to you. So I am writing to you to remind and reassure you that these people are
not representative of Britain and that most people know that Muslims and people
of all other religions and none can get on fine and will go on getting on fine
as neighbours, fellow citizens, colleagues and in all the usual ways in which
people get on together in a complex society like ours. Diverse and friendly
societies (I don't say "tolerant"; what's to tolerate?! Religious freedoms
aren't a by-your-leave for the most dominant groups...) are stronger than
either the terrorists or the skinheads believe.|
So please don't be dismayed or afraid when unkind people write foolish things;
they are not representative and they won't win.
I hope you personally were not too badly affected on Thursday (I see that the
office address is in London).
All best wishes,
|I was so sad to learn that you had received hate mail following the
terrorist attack in London on Thursday.
When people are hurt and frightened they sometimes respond in such a
way. I hope these feelings will subside and common sense and humanity
I am a Londoner living in Leicester and I have worked with and have a
number of Muslim friends. I know them to be good, gentle people.
The bombings in London killed and harmed people of all faiths and we
must all stand together and support eachother's communities.
|Ian Malcolm |
I've just been reading some of the statements that the MCB has issued
since the bombing. It's inspiring to have such a great organization
representing the Islamic faith to the rest of us in Britain (I'm
non-religious). Whether or not the terrorists acted in the name of
Islam, it's wonderful to see the true face of the religion in the MCB.
|A friend of mine died at Kings Cross yesterday. The people of London
(and I mean all faiths) are not interested in your condemnations and
your sympathies. What we want to know is when you are going to start
turning the murderers in your midst in to the police. Someone in your
community knows who these murdering cowards are and yet no one comes
forward. You, as leaders of your community, will never be trusted and
truly accepted as British citizens until you start acting against the
cancer in your own society and start delivering up this murdering scum.
Why havenít we seen you speaking out against groups like Al-Mujaharoun?
Why arenít you leading demonstrations against these people who advocate
the murder of innocent people on British streets, why arenít you
exposing them, why arenít you hounding them out of their houses, why
arenít you offering to get close to them and supply evidence to the
police? Stop your pathetic impotent talking and start delivering and use
your position to get these murderers behind bars where they belong.
Without action you are of no use to the people of this country.
STOP POSTURING AND START ACTING
|judith M Morgan|
|Dear Brothers and Sisters in God
I cannot believe that people would vent their anger after the atrocities
of Thursday on innocent people because of their religion.
As an Orthodox Christian I know that we all worship the one true God in our
own various ways. I can only pray for the well being of all people,
regardless of their religion or lack of it and hope for more enlightened
times to come.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Muslim community who have also lost
people in London and in the countries where hostilities are still occuring,
and with the bereaved and maimed of all our British communities.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026