Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|I wanted to send a message of support to the Muslim community of Great
Britain. Reports of attacks on Mosques and hatemail depress me
profoundly. There will have been Muslims hurt and killed in these
horrific attacks in London, Muslims who worked heroically as part of the
emergency services to save lives and rescue victims of the bombs, Muslim
families who wait anxiously to hear that loved ones are safe, or who
tragically mourn lost members, Muslims who work as part of the
Government, police and security services to catch the evil people who
carried out this barbaric and indiscriminate attack.
Those ignorant cowards who strike out in anger or abuse their fellow
citizens do not represent the majority. Please do not think that could
be so. Whatever our religious and political differences we stand
shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism united as one
British people working and living together.
It is easy to condemn these barbaric attacks but it is just words after
all. Terrorists who claim to be muslims must be worshipping somewhere?
Therefore, they are being given succour in mosques up and down the
Country? Is it true that no muslim would turn in a fellow-muslim to the
police even if s/he knew them to be a terrorist?
The rest of the population [Hindu, Jew, Christian] must be starting to
wonder when does the MCB go beyond the point of what appears as 'empty
words' because in every mosque terrorists appear to be given
encouragement and support by default.
|Please know that good thinking people everywhere know that Muslim people
are not to blame for these terrible things that have happened in London.
We know that Islam does not direct such things and that the perpetrators
are just murderers. We are all Londoners - that means, a healthy,
multiculltural place to be, a place where I wanted my children to live
and work, and be friends with people from everywhere. And that is the
reality, my children have friends from many walks of life. We will all
stand together, please don't fear that good non-muslim people are
thinking negative things, please don't.
I heard on television tonight that you have had lots
of hate mail from people following the tragic events yesterday. I feel
that I have to write to you to say that as a Christian myself I would no
sooner blame an innocent Muslim for the attacks as I would my own
sister. The people who did this are a violent malevolent minority,
whatever their religion turns out to be. I hope this note helps to show
that there is a majority of people in this country who understand and
respect the stance you have taken on this and many other matters. We
must not allow ourselves to be split apart as this is the aim of those
who perpetrated this crime.
|Chris Moore |
I am a Roman Catholic living in Herefordshire but my place of birth was
May I say how appalled I am at the news that you have been receiving
atrocious e-mails following Thursday's attacks in London.
Men and women of all races, creeds and religions have been affected by
this tiny minority of terrorists who carried out this attack.
All of us must stick together and condemn both the attack and those who
seek to cause unrest within our faith communities.
I pray that our communities may continue to live together in peace and
harmony and you can be assured of the support of the vast majority in
this country who are well aware that your religion, like ours, is one of
May all your communities live in peace both in Great Britain and
throughout the world.
|Please ignore the bigots we have to fight terrorism together no matter
what your faith ,Muslims were killed and injured in Madrid,London,and
New York ,The bombs dont stop exploding when people of the Muslim faith
are around they are as much victims as anybody else.
Law abiding Muslims should hold their heads up and be proud of what they
Together we can win this war on terror and work with the people of the
middle east to make a better safer world.
|Thank you for supporting London and Londoners at this
time of greif and pain.
I wish you all well and pray no harm comes to you and
your community which is a vital part of London.
I know this has also been a very testing time for you due to the
appalling events which took place in London yesterday.
May I assure you that it is only supreme idiots who will sit and blame
all Muslims for these awful acts, and that anyone who listens to and
believes, their outpouring of racist durge, are also 'no' very bright'
as we say in Scotland.
May I also congratulate you in the manner in which you have held
yourselves, with great dignity and courage whether it be to the media or
in every day life. I hope and pray that there will be not violence
directed towards people of your faith although you and I both know that
there are sadly a few brainless individuals out there who just look for
any excuse to start a riot.
Yesterday was dreadful for all Londoners, and very sad for those of us
hundreds of miles away who could only watch the reports helplessly and
pray for those killed and injured, for them and their families.
Anyway, this was supposed to be a short message of support from a wee
Scots lass who does not give a toss about race, creed or colour, but
does care about the human race, no matter what, so God Bless and peace
to you all.
I am a lawyer, trainer and psychologist. My wife was in New York at the
time of 911. I often use the tube and have been thinking what can be
done about the bombing -
I have a suggestion, if this is attributed to an islamic group: I think
what we need is for London to work with the Islamic leaders of Britain
to organise a concert at e.g. Wembley to demonstrate unity in the face
of the terrorists, emphasis on involvement of the Islamic community ( I
personally would have in mind banners with reference to the tsunami
appeals and Make Poverty History together with reference to the victims
of the bombings ).
This would take some time to organise - but its preparation could be
advertised and give a focus of unity, allowing people to focus on
something productive, emphasising also the benevolence and goodwill of
the genuine Islamic community, thus also helping to preserve unity and
minimise the chances of idiotic backlashes and division.
Assuming that London is not suffering too much from concert fatigue, I
cannot think of a better response.
Yours, with prayers and best wishes,
|Sophie Wilsdon |
I feel a little strange writing this email, but I read in the paper
today that you had received over 3000 abusive emails since the attacks
in London yesterday. It just made me want to write to show my solidarity
and sympathy with Muslims who might suffer discrimination and bigotry
following the bombings. If this awful maiming and murder of ordinary
innocent people could get any worse, it would be by people taking
unjustified revenge on ordinary and innocent Muslims.
My thoughts are not only with those who lost friends and families in the
blasts, but with the people who are now fearing they will reap the
consequences of something that had absolutely nothing to do with them.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026