Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
|I am always stunned by how little thought goes into a community backlash
… does the sender of that hate mail think the perpetrators of the London
bombing made sure there were no Muslims on the train before they flipped
the switch? Any innocent person of any religious affiliation could have
been killed in that event and Muslims everywhere, especially in Iraq,
are suffering because of this renegade terrorist group. It is a
testimony to the ignorance of some that they react before they think and
before they know the truth. They are no less fanatical than those we
all wish to stop.|
I pray for all Muslims that God will keep each of you and yours safe in
his arms during this terrible time.
|I know I'm only one small voice but I would like to express my support
for British Muslims in these times full of unjustified race hatred. I
feel that true followers of Islam have greater moral strength and a
better sense of responsibility toward the community than the majority of
Christians and atheists could hope to acheive in their lifetimes.
You have my respect and I wish you all good luck in educating the
British public that you are a positive and valuable part of our world.
|Brian M. Gordon
|To whom it may concern:|
Good day to you on the other side of the pond, my
name is Brian Gordon, I'm a truck driver in the USA
and as such have had lots of time to think about what
happened over there just the other day. I am not
muslim, but I do hope people over there relise thatif
you and the rest of assembly would never do such a
thing. I just wanted you to know that at least one
person, even way over here who was in NYC during
9/11/01 knows there is a difference between those that
committ these outlandish transgressions against
civilised people and you.
In fact my opinion of those people who send you hate
mail and threats is simply this, they are no different
then the ones who set off the bombs, becuase hate will
kill more people then any explosion.
Good luck to all of you.
|Dr S L Benson
Dear Muslim Council of Britain,
Greetings from Kansas in the United States. I just wanted to send a quick
note to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this
difficult time. I hope that people of all faiths and denominations are not
only speaking out against terror but also speaking out against the prejudice
and hate that is often directed at the Muslim community following these
types of horrible incidents. I trust that healing lies ahead.
|Janet Weil |
I am writing to express solidarity and support for all of you who have
suffered, and continue to suffer, from the evil bombings in London on
7/7. I also want to suggest something. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was living
in Berkeley, CA (I now live in Concord, CA). Even in this famously
leftish, university town, Muslims were attacked on the street and a few
people spray-painted hateful slogans on the sidewalks downtown. There
were several terrible attacks on Muslim Americans in California,
including at least one homicide of a gas station attendant.
A group called Global Exchange quickly produced large flyers that read:
"No Hate In Our Town." They were posted in stores, cafes and other
public places, and in private homes. They were an immediate visual
signal that violence and expressions of hatred would not be tolerated.
Putting them up gave people something to do at a time when we felt very
powerless. The flyers were also signs of safe places for Muslims (or
anyone) to go to if they were being harrassed, or just needed support.
Maybe this or something like it is already being done in London. If not,
maybe this action could be one more way for people to come together and
express solidarity with each other.
May God bless and protect you, and may you feel the sympathy and support
of many people throughout the world.
I heard about your organisation receiving enormous amounts of hate mail
through the internet and just though I'd write a note to say that these
brainless idiots are in the minority.
I would really like to apologise on behalf of the individuals who don't
seem to understand that people are people. Everyone has differences in
their beliefs and the way they think about things, but this shouldn't
lead to narrow-minded people having hatred of those who are different to
There are a few very thoughtless people I know who think people who
follow Islam must mean they are connected with Al-Quaeda. This is
exactly the same as saying that all Christians are connected with the
KKK or all Catholics are connected with the IRA. Complete nonsense.
People who follow religions, whatever they follow, are always taught to
respect peace and love others.
I really hope that there's no backlash to the recent events in London
affecting the British Muslim communities.
All our thoughts are with you at this time.
I wanted to send this e-mail, so that you know that there are people out
there that know that the Muslim people are human beings of strength,
peace, and honor.|
I served my country in the United States Air Force for 11 years. I
served with people of all faiths, Christian, Mulsim, Jewish, Atheist,
Agnostic. There is more that unites than divides us. My heart bleeds
for the suspicion and animosity that Muslims have faced in the wake of
9/11, and now the bombings in London.
I wish people could get past their fear of the unknown and understand
that true Muslims are no more responsible for acts of extremism than
true Christians are responsible for white supremacists who commit
unspeakable acts of ignorance and hatred in the name of God.
Please know that my thoughts are with you and with all Londoners in this
terrible time. I wish you peace and kindness, and one day, hopefully,
|To whom it may concern,|
It is my belief that there is no us and them. There is only us. We are all
God's creation. I just wanted the Muslim community to know that there are
Christians who are praying for you that you would be comforted, and for the
terrorists that God would change their hearts and minds.
May God bless you and keep you safe. May God's peace reign.
A Christian from the U.S.
|Dear Sirs - I understand you have received many hate emails following
the bombings - as an English woman I would like to say we are not all
like that - Muslims were also killed that day - at the end of the day
we are ALL Londoners
|Although you may not be directly connected to the violence that is being
perpetrated on innocent people across the world, as a Muslim, I would
beseach you to speak out strongly against the violence. Young Muslims
are being led to believe that martyrdom is a blesssed and sacred act.
No God can support this type of evil destruction. Make no mistake about
|I have just read the BBC website report regarding the backlash against
Muslims following the London bombings and I really feel the need to
convey my support to you. I am an Australian nurse now working in
London. I have worked in Saudi Arabia and there, as well as here, I have
worked with Muslims for whom I have the highest regard and admiration.
These bombings were the work of an ignorant few. Likewise, this backlash
against you is the work of an ignorant few. Please believe that the
majority of people support you and understand the difficulties you face
at the moment.|
|As a Jew I wish to offer my sympathy and solidarity after the repercussions
that the Muslim community has received after the
London bombings. Jews have been on the end of the growing Anti-Semetism that
has reared its head in recent years .
Unfortunately many people cowardly blame Islam and Judaism for the problems
in the world today, and both suffer from kneejerk race
hatred as a response to world events.
I commend the spritual and cultural Muslim leaders of Britain for responding
quickly and appopriately to the bombings. I understand it must
be difficult to have to even convince people that Islam is a religion of
If you need help, unity or solidarity the British Jewish Community is here
for the British Muslim Community and I genuinely mean that.
We must unite to combact ignorance and predjudice.
May all be well,
I want to congratulate you on your recent condemnation of extremism - I know this is quite an ask, but you need to do it, perhaps, louder and more often as the media does not construct favourable impressions easily - they need to be regularly reminded.
|Maya DeLaLuna |
|I am an American who is very concerned with how the world leaders are
reacting to events like the one that took place last week and September
11, 2001. I want to express my unity with the Muslim people and tell
you that I have never thought that the horrific actions of a few ever
represented the Muslim world as a whole. I am not Muslim myself, but I
do know that the core of your teachings preach love and peace, not
violence and hate. I respect your time honored traditions and your
dedication to your faith. I only wish that certain other world leaders
felt the same way.|
I am an expatriate Brit who lives in the USA.
I was dismayed to hear of the backlash against my fellow countrymen
following the recent bombings in London, although I suspected it would
No matter how many give in to the desire to strike at organizations such as
yours, and at the people you represent, there are many more people who hold
all of us, no matter our faiths or religious convictions, as being part of
one family that covers the world. When you are wounded, we all are wounded.
So, although my voice is one of many, please be assured that it speaks for
you. For however each of us personally relates to God, we are still
brothers and sisters.
I am not a muslim (I wouldnt class myself as anything really) but I would
just like to say that I am truly sorry for the narrow mindedness of some
people in the UK at this great time of sorrow. I suspect that many muslims
have been directly affected by the events that have unfolded in London and I
feel their grief as I do for all the victims of the bombings. The last thing
we need now is racial hatred to take hold.
It is true that there are extremists in any faith and that they bring
disgrace to the many peaceful peoples of the world. I class many muslims as
my friends and feel that my life has been enriched by that fact.
We all face difficult times ahead. The aim of the bombers is to create
divisions amongst us in the UK. I hope that does not happen.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026