Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
Dear Sir or Madam
I feel compelled to tell you how saddened I am by the backlash that is
taking place against the Muslim community in Britain. I feel utterly
ashamed and also worried by the events taking place. Things are bad
enough now without the destruction of our good relations. Such enmity is
bad at the best of times but to come at a time when we should all be
pulling together as the Britons that we are, is playing into the hands
of those responsible for this attack, who just want to spread division
|My name is unimportant. I am Irish, when the Birmingham and London
bombings occurred in the 70's I was in the British army and I was
suspected of being involved, this is life. There is much hysteria and
Islam is a faith of love and peace. Go through these times and rejoice
in your love of god enjoy his peace there is a god and by whatever name
we call him he will show us the way.
Assalamu Alaikum brothers and sisters,
I am disgusted at some of the e-mails that have been sent to you, and will hold my stance in opposition to them. WE ARE ALL HUMANS; Islam's values are of humanity and life. What happened last Thursday can never be accepted by an Almighty Allah: how can we choose when to take lives of others? I find this an insult to both my religion and the God of everyone.
I would like to thank Muslim Council of Britain, and my extra special regards to Mr Iqbal Sacranie. I ....would have you know your voice represents the majority of muslims, certainly my Iraqi community. I wish you all the best in these difficult times and urge you not to be moved by ignorant insults. Those people would like any excuse to attack Islam.
My Sincere Regards and Duaa's
Thought I would look at the site to see what comments are being made, both "official" & unofficial.
Clearly not all Muslims are radical and the acts of a few misguided people should not be taken as representative of the majority nor as justification for acts of revenge.
That said the MCB and Muslim community has to share some of the blame for the London atrocities. The MCB and Muslim community have been too preoccupied in using the race issue to condemn those that, because of the explosion in immigration worldwide, have been warning this would happen and have failed to see the viper within.
The most effective way in which the Muslim community can show it's solidarity is to follow the suggestion of Dr. Ahmed and hold rallies/marches in all the major cities with Muslim communities voicing their opposition to such acts and higlighting to potential "candidates" of the radical brigade that they DO NOT ACT IN THE VOICE OF ISLAM and the Muslim community will work to identify such ideas bring those involved to justice. They must also make clear that there is no safe haven for such radicals within the Muslim community.
All Christians cannot be blamed for the actions of Jim Baker any more than all British can be blamed for the actions of Jack the Ripper. If someone commits a crime you cannot hold that entire community or race accountable for that crime if they denounce it. If they support it and throw candies in the air when terrorists commit murder then justice sleeps. However, racist attacks on Muslims are signs of an uneducated society that does not understand that murder and extremism is not what Mohamed taught and will not go unpunished by Allah.
I agree with Dr Noor Ahmad, why is it the Muslim community can only condemn such dispicable actions but do nothing to educate? What we need is for the Muslims of Britain to show the people of this country what Islam truly stands for. Mere words are not enough. Young Muslims frustrated by world events need to know that there are peaceful ways to voice an opinion, they need to know the Qu'ran doesn't teach us to use violence. It is time for you to put the words to action! Otherwise violence & this extremism will escalate!
|Naomi Lawson |
|To you all,|
I am so sorry to hear of the attacks that have been made on mosques
throughout the country and abuse that has been directed towards members
of the Muslim community. I really do feel that the vast majority of
people abhor such actions and want you to know that we support and pray
for you and all of our communities at this difficult time.
With best wishes,
|Mr J Rehman|
After the aftermath of last Thursday isn't it about time we actually did
something constructive than the usual Islam means peace and the yare not
Can we start getting rid of the imams from abroad and satrt delivering
friday sermons or any other sermons in English. Considering 40% of our
community is under the age of 30 it would be more beneficial for them to go
to mosques where they actually understood the language.
In these troubled times, I would like to think that I speak for the
silent but overwhelming majority of British non-Muslims when I express
how apalled I am that there are people who find it acceptable to target
mosques for vandalism and worse. I am also deeply troubled that Muslims
should feel threatened at the moment.
I am not a religious man in any form, but I feel that it is nothing
short of evil for the name of a religion to be perverted, twisted and
used as an excuse to kill innocent people. And as a trained historian, I
only too painfully aware how this has been the case throughout history.
Nor is it acceptable to assume that this somehow has the tacit approval
of the practitioners of that religion. I do not believe that the Muslim
Council of Britain could have made it any clearer that the perpetrators
of Thursday's atrocity do not stand for Islam and stand for nothing more
than twisted hatred.
Ultimately, we are all British citizens first and members of a religion,
or otherwise, second. I would like to see nothing more than the senior
members of all of the major religions practised in the UK, putting any
historical differences aside and standing in one place at one time,
united in their belief that tolerance is the only future for our world.
As I have said, I am not a religious man, but I know the influence that
it can still wield.
In the meantime, please be assured that it is my belief that the vast
and overwhelming majority of the British people do not believe that
Islam is in any way an approver of these actions. Hatred, sadly, crosses
all religious boundaries as we all know. It is also my belief that the
historic tolerance of the British people, of all persuasions, will
ultimately triumph and that through this, we will obtain a greater
understanding of each other and ourselves
Yours in understanding
As a non-Muslim British person I am disgusted that some idiots have used
Thursdays attacks as an excuse to abuse Muslim people and mosques. Please
believe that all decent British people feel the same way.
|Ruth Copland |
|I read in the newspaper today that The Moslem Council of Britain had
received 30,000 hate emails since the bombings. I hope this is not true,
but in case it is in fact accurate I felt compelled to write to say how
apalled I am by this reaction. I am a white and British and just as I
know that all Moslems are not terrorists, I hope from my letter you can
deduce that not all white people are racist and bigoted.
I have many friends of different races and creeds and believe there
is more to unite us than to divide us. All the great faiths focus on
tolerance and love and those who use any religion as a means to
disseminate hatred and fear are presenting a travesty of the truth.
I saw Prince Naseem, the boxer, interviewed on television. He talked
about his faith and he said "There are many paths to God, this is just
my particular path." This I found inspiring and the correct way to
proceed - we should all respect each others' attempts to lead good,
spiritual lives whatever teachings we are motivated by.
I am so sorry again for any negative reactions you have received. I
hope you can derive comfort from knowing that there are people in the
world with honour and ethics who would like to see a world if not full
of love (which seems beyond us) then at least full of toleration.|
|Just a message to confirm what I hope you will already believe. No-one
I know, no-one I would ever want to know could truly believe for a
second that the British Muslim community should bear any blame or
suggestion of blame for the terrible atrocities of the 7th July. There
are bad, sometimes simply ignorant, people in all communities and after
reading of the fear of retribution directed towards Britis Muslims, I
wanted to redress any negative comments or actions that may have
been made in the name of white British people, people like me. Please
take strength from the knowledge that there will always be more good
people in this world than bad and know that any racist, bigotted person
or terrorist will always be in the minority. During this terrible time
we should all stand side by side to show our solidarity.
|Dr A Samson|
I am not muslim or otherwise affiliated with a religion. I would like to
express my support and respect for people of your faith in the face of the
bombings. If you have or know of a public web space or other opportunity for
non-muslims to express their solidarity with the muslim community I would be
grateful to know about it and I'm sure many others like me would too.
|Jennifer M. King|
I heard, with dismay, a recent item on Radio 4, that said your council
had received 30,000 malicious emails in the aftermath of the bombings in
I would just like to say that I, like all my friends, am totally in
support of Islam, which we know to be a religion of love and please be
assured that we also know that you true Moslems ( a massive majority of
those who call themselves Moslems) abhore violence under any name.
Please accept my moral support in these days when, from other reports I
hear, some of your members feel under pressure and suspicion.
By the way, you may gather from my name that I am a fellow Briton,
though from a Christian background.
Yours very faithfully,
|I saw your condemnation with other religious leaders on TV. All the
good Muslims in this country that work hard, have the same traditional
values about families and want the best for their children the same as
non Muslims have to stand up NOW and shout loudly, often and to as many
people as possible that they totally reject the methods of the
terrorists. The only way to defeat the ill informed is keep telling
them the truth, communication is always going to defeat the bigot. I
was in London last Thursday, I guessed what had happened and who the
most likely instigators were. I was intially filled with enormous anger
and hatred but then I saw the fear on peoples faces, it made no
difference whether they were Muslim, Jew, Christian or whatever they
were all scared. I realised that by being angry or hating them was
exactly what the terrorists wanted. I will not support that view, I dont
un derstand some of your traditions or beliefs but I will defend you
shoulder to shoulder as you defend your right to have them. The Muslim
community must look into it's heart and bring forward the sons,
brothers, or cousins that carrried out these acts so that their crimes
can be tried. Then and only then will any real degree of trust emerge
|As a British Christian I write to my brothers and sisters of the Muslim
faith as a sign of solidarity amidst the terror that has hit our
country. I stand firm with you in our common desire for a just and
united country. But above all for a country where the Holy One of
Mohammed, Jesus and Abraham reigns supreme in the hearts and lives of
all our people.|
The peace of God be with you.
I am a regular visitor to your website and would like to thank you for
your swift condemnation and proactive response to the tragic events that
have unfolded over the last week. I pray that the message has
got through to the public at large that Islam is a religion of peace and
I wish that the media would stop using the word 'Islamist Terrorist'.
I pray that we can all practice the deen in the true manner that our
beloved Prophet (SAW) taught us through his sunnah.
I remember two particular Hadith that I have heard our imam explain:
The first one is about the cat that had given birth in the Mosque of the
Prophet (SAW) and his (SAW) companions were about to throw the cat out
of the Mosque, when the Prophet (SAW) informed his companions to leave
the cat as it had become a Mother.
The second Hadith is about the funeral procession which is passing the
Prophet (SAW) and He (SAW) stood up out of respect, when his companions
remarked that this was the funeral procession of a Jewish man and the
Prophet (SAW) remarked that he was a human being.
Both of these Hadith have taught me the beauty of the deen and also that
Islam is without a doubt a religion of peace, mercy and compassion.
May Allah (SWT) bless all those affected by the atrocities and help you
to succeed in your good work.
|I read with interest your comments on the recent terrorist attacks in
London and I commend you. As someone who lives in close proximity to
many Muslims and has witnessed their genorosity, spirit and indeed,
love, of their fellow Britons in this dire time I'm sure that the recent
events will serve only to bring us closer together. I live in the Hyde
Park area of Leeds and so close to the chemist believed to been behind
the bombs it's scarey, but all I have seen so far is Muslims ans
Christians going out of their way to talk to each other.No doubt idiots
will try to use the events of last Thursday to divide us, but EVERYTHING
I've seen so far unites us. We may disagree on matters of dogma, but we
stand united in the face of terror.
I write, as a 'white' Englishwoman, to give my support and approval of your statements to the press about the recent atrocities. I believe that Muslims are not violent people, and those living here are generally an asset to the community, in the same way that the 'original' peoples [but we are all descended from immigrants!]are.
Groups of all faiths and none have within them those who think that violence is the way forward, but these are only ever a small minority, which I sincerely believe you are trying to contain.
Please accept my good wishes.
I don't know quite how to put my feelings into words, but here goes.
My heart goes out to the victims of the recent London bombings, but also
to the family, friends and commuity members of the bombers. I'm
terribly sorry this happened. I sincerely hope the bombings will not
substantially set back the gains the Muslim comunity has made in Britain
in the recent past. I fear it will though. I can't help but worry that
these bombings will be used as an easy justification for more
harrassment and abuse of Muslims. Therefore, I wanted to send your
organisation a message of support and let you know that I wish you every
success in the coming years, as I fear you will have an even tougher
road ahead of you.
Keep up the good work, MCB!
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
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