Emails to the MCB on issues and concerns
I wish to express my appreciation and support for the Muslim Council of
Great Britain, for its deeply felt, considered and welcome response to
the terrible events in London. If multi-culturalism is to have any
meaning in this country, then the ability of the different ethnic and
religious groups to come together in bonds of friendship, association
and sympathy in times of distress must be seen and not simply assumed to
exist. The Muslim Council has, I believe, earned new respect and a
greater understanding of muslims in Great Britain, because of its high
profile and very public response to these events. This is an important
building block for future community relations that the Council has put
in place. There is a place for a more prominent role in national
community affairs to be played by the Council, and I hope this will
|I amm writing to express my dismay at the recent attacks on muslims
after the London bombing. I was so sad to read of the young muslim
girl. I used to live in the Aldgate area and so it was particularly
poignant. I hope the MCB can also condemn the suicide bombings in
Iraq. I was shocked and upset to hear of the 20+ children to be blown
up. It seems that this was done by someone who would claim to be a
muslim against muslim children. I don't believe for one minute America
and Britain are waging a war on Islam, especially as Iraq was a secular
country beforehand. If you argue about a war because of oil then fair
enough. It seems that extremist groups in Iraq are using the War to
wage their own political ends and don't seem to care that they are
targetting innocent muslim civilians. Did they have a choice in the
War? I just keep thinking of those children and what life they may have
had. This terror in Iraq will not bring peace. If they are waging a
war against the Americans only then why kill the children? Its a shame
we are not having a two minute silence for them. It seems as we get
used to the killing in Iraq we are not shocked by this.
Thank you for this forum.|
|After seeing the interviews with your representatives and imams on TV I
am starting to believe your not the monsters I thought you were.
Education and more media coverage are needed for non Muslims to realise
this. It has all been bad press but now it needs more good press.
Well Done and keep it up (ignorance is the worst enemy we have)
|Hello, I am a 17 year old male from Bolton wishing to express my concern
at some of the extremist islamic groups which seem to be causing havoc
in our country. I am not racist, infact I Have muslim friends and My own
Grandmother and Grandfather are Egyptian. However it is my opinion that
a lot of muslims in this country seem to resent the very hand from which
feeds them. Many extreme islamic clerics are frequently allowed to vent
their hate filled messages in your mosques, even though islam is
apparantly a peaceful religion. It is my opinion that if muslims in
Britain are to truly become intergrated then this must stop, and muslims
in Britain should adopt a more westernised approach to life. This is not
to say that you can not be a British Muslim, only that you must realise
that you no longer live in the middle east. I hope that people will
realise that 99.99% of muslims are ordinary, law abinding citzens and
that we can continue to co-exist in our multi-cultural society, however
until you realise that in your communty you are harbouring many
extremists who are filled with evil and are NOT MUSLIMS, whatever they
say, i fear this can not happen.|
From a Concerned Teenager
|Dear Sir Iqbal|
*I have just watched the speech you delivered in Trafalgar Square and
I'd just like to say that I'm very proud that you are a fellow
countryman. I'm just a normal working man. I wouldn't consider myself a
middle class intellectual in any way. I go about my business like
everyone else in Britain and if like yourself if I am lucky enough to
influence someone for the better or to help someone in any way, I strive
to do so. Most decent people in this country recognise that 99.9 percent
of Muslims, fellow Britons, are good, kind, honest and decent people.
Those lads who committed those dreadful acts last week are not
representative of Islam and most people know that. I just want to tell
you that I for one will make that point very vociferously if I ever hear
or witness words or acts against Muslims that in any way try to divide
us into Christian or Muslim, Jew or Sikh, as opposed to what we all are,
British. Thankyou for all the work you continue to do to bring about
All the very best to you,
This is a short message to all Muslims (of Britain and everywhere) of
support during this difficult time for your communities. We believe
that we speak for the vast majority of the British population when we
say that we know that the people who have attacked all of us hide behind
the religion of Islam and do not act in your name.|
The people that now try to blame you do so in ignorance of your beliefs.
We hope this message has shown the wider community's solidarity and
value of you ALL.
Jackie and Andrea Smith
I was on a bus near home yesterday in a part of London which has a large
Muslim population. The bus was chock-full of people (one of those awful
bendy numbers!), it was very hot, crammed and uncomfortable - and there
was some guy standing in the middle of the bus mouthing off very loudly
Nobody said anything, including me - I was standing near a Muslim lady
who looked so awkward, and I really felt for her. I have been feeling
awful all day about not defending her, a situation like that is very
Anyway - it saddens me some people feel it necessary to be like that, I
was at Kings Cross when the Piccadilly line bomb exploded and when they
eventually evacuated us from the station and I made my way through the
chaos on the streets, I decided like many others to head towards Russell
Square, just in time to catch the bus exploding. It was an horrific
experience and his mouthiness I also felt was insensitive to me - he had
no idea what he was yelling about on any level and I get madder and
madder the more I type this!
I strongly defend the Muslim community, I am sorry you have to read the
offensive rubbish people feel necessary to impose on you, I understand
there is a gathering in Russell Square on Sunday organised by the Stop
The War Coalition and your colleagues at MAB, I will be attending to
show my support of the Muslim community and I sincerely hope next time I
am on a bus (or anywhere near) a loud mouth half-wit I will find the
courage to tell him or her to belt up, I feel ashamed for not doing so
I just want to tell you that not all people who live in this country
blame you in any way for the bombings.
I don't understand why these people do these things but l am sure they
don't do it because of your religious beliefs.
I wish you all well.
I heard the news and then read some of the complete rubbish on your site
from people seeming to condemn the entire Muslim faith for the actions
of some, frankly speaking, nutters. It is like saying that all
Christians are terrorists or criminals because of the actions of the
IRA/ Mafia, assorted gangs etc. The vast majority of people in the UK
stand with you. I just wish that I could help you in some way overcome
the negativity surrounding the Muslim Faith. I am ashamed to say that I
do not know one British Muslim and that I know nothing about your Faith,
I intend to change this. May God (and whichever one you chose!) be with you.
|I am writing to express solidarity with British Muslims. We're all
people, regardless of colour, faith or lack of it, etc. It makes me
ashamed to think other white Britons (the group I am a 'part' of) would
send hate emails and attack your places of worship. Pathetic. And
angry that they might think I share their views. Be strong. Be kind.
And help to educate non-Muslims about your faith and life. There are
still many Britons who may never have seen a mosque or met a Muslim
person, particularly the elderly and those of us who live in rural
area. There should be a drive for greater information and openess.
Ignorance is the enemy here. Empathy is the key, and that requires
knowledge and connections between people.
I have read in Saturday's 'Independent' newspaper that the family of
Mohammed Sidique Khan feel 'utterly vilified'.
They will also know, in their deepest hearts, that although this will
undoubtedly be true for, I think, a small minority of our population,
there are many who feel a deep sense of sympathy for them, and the
families of all the bombers.
There are not many families in Britain today who can significantly
influence, let alone control the behaviour of their adult aged sons and
we are only too aware that 'there but for the grace of God go I'.
I pray that the most lasting outcome of this tragic event will be that
we as a society at last fully understand the reasons which impelled 4
young men with all their future before them to do such a thing, and thus
to go forward together in mutual trust and understanding.
|I’m an Englishman living for the past few years in Italy. I want to send
a message of support for the Muslim community in Britain at this moment.
Ordinary Muslims are no more responsible for “Islamic terrorism” than
ordinary Irish people are for the IRA bombings, or than ordinary
non-Muslim British people are for murderers and criminals within the
general population. I know that Islam is a religion that preaches peace
and respect for human life, and I think that Muslims in Britain make a
very strong and welcome contribution to the strength and vitality of our
The Muslim community deserves the maximum encouragement and solidarity,
both in Britain and the rest of Europe, because it is Muslims who are
suffering most from the events of last Thursday.
With best wishes,
|I am a catholic who is horrified at how the muslim community is being
treated I would like to offer you my support. All communities need to
stand together as a united front against terrorism. People have very
selective memories it is not a life time ago that the IRA was
terrorising the british main land. If all the leaders of our multy
cultural society join togother and organise a peace march I will hold
hands with muslim and Jew.
As a white Christian I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers for
your communities at this time. The minute number of people who carry out
these attacks should not reflect on the huge number of caring, law
abiding, members of the Muslim faith. I have great faith that the
British people can see this and that attacks on your Mosques and
followers of your faith will cease.
I am a british muslim from the west Yorkshire area, and I’m quite
concerned as to how I am perceived at the moment, especially when it was
revealed that the suspects were from our region. I wanted to make a
suggestion that may help ease any tension that may occur in the future
or even show the british public that not all muslims like ourselves have
extremist views and that we are peaceful people really. I was wondering
if the MCB could organise to create a symbol that we could show the
british public that we condemn acts of those which occurred in London. I
have noticed the friendship band has been a very powerful symbol, and
was wondering whether mcb could create green and white (Islamic colours)
bands that state a slogan such as “no to terrorism” or “against
terrorism” or even “muslims against terrorism”. A slogan that shows that
we do not support these atrocious acts, and we are peaceful people. If
we could sell these bands and promote that all money collected from the
sales will be donated to the victims of the London atrocities.
I think it would be a great idea that may help to restore faith, and
also show people of Britain that we are not all the same and its only a
rare minority that have those extremist views. I am sick and tired of
islam been given a bad name, and the media isn’t helping, and with the
headlines they are coming out with, its quite disturbing. Its like
indirect messages are sent by the media to create hatred against all
british muslims, especially youth.
I think the friendship band could be a small step to show the british
people we are peaceful people, and this could be an opportunity for the
community of muslims in Britain to give our support to the victims.
|Hello, I am a born-again Christian and I am writing to give my support to
the Islamic community at this time. I am very concerned that the Muslim
community may come under attack in the wake of the terrorist attacks in
London. I am aware that you have recieved many hate emails. This is
disgusting as this is a form of terrorism in itself and a racist backlash is
what the terrorists want to happen. They want to create a climate of fear
and a tension between Muslim and non-Muslim.|
That is why the people at our church are praying hard for your community. We
know that the majority of Muslims abor terrorism. Most Muslims are
hardworking and moral people. So much so that you sometimes put the rest of
British society at shame with its loose sexual morality and heavy drinking.
I have many Muslim friends whom I love dearly. I'd hate anything to happen
So even though we fundamentallly disagree with Islam; we still respect the
Muslim community as an important part of Britains multicultural society. God
Bless you xxx
|Dear all at MCB|
Following last Thursday’s atrocities in London and the very upsetting
news more recently that the perpetrators of these crimes are likely to
be British-born individuals who have acted in the name of Islam, I just
wanted to send you a little note of support.
I am a Roman Catholic in terms of religion (if that matters) and I want
to say that I fully stand behind the decent, honest, law-abiding
majority of the Muslim community. I know that the bombers’ claims of
acting in the name of Islam are false, because Islam is a peaceful
religion which does not seek to impose itself on others.
I believe that it is vital for all communities to stick together in the
face of last Thursday’s tragedy and work together to promote tolerance,
acceptance and understanding. All of us need to know that it is
possible to co-exist happily whilst having our own different religions
beliefs. It is essential for every religious group to feel fully
integrated in today’s society. Any other way will simply lead to
individuals feeling marginalised and thus make them easy targets for
extremists who would incite them to commit the kind of terrorist acts
seen last week.
How much better would our society be, if each individual took a few
hours out of their life to meet people from other faith groups, to talk
to them and to learn about them and about their religion? In this way
we could learn that a different belief system does not equal a threat.
I will be at your proposed interfaith march if I possibly can be (my mum
is ill and I may have to leave London for a while to help look after
her). I want the Muslim community to know that they have nothing to
fear from me.
God bless and keep up the good work.
|I am a white Christian, we do not see all muslims as terrorists but
fervently pray that somehow with the help of God we may so change
society that the hate which causes the bombings may be taken away. There
are double standards, 8,000 muslims were murdered at Serebniza, and by
so called Christians, the death of any person muslim or not diminshes me
as John Donne said so aptly many years ago.|
God bless you
|I would like to apologise on behalf of decent non-muslims in the Uk for
the attacks on your mosque's and intimidation received by the Muslim
faith. The major population of non-muslims in this country do not hold
the religon of Islam responsible for atrocities committed by murderers
just as the major population of muslim's do not hold the Christian faith
responsible for the illegal atrocities and murders commited against
muslims in places such as Iraq and Afganistan. The main reason I like
our country is bebause it is so culturally diverse and hope it stays
I have contacted all my friends regarding the issue in a email, as
shown, below. I hope you will also encourage others to question the term
My deepest regards.
|To the MCB,|
I am writing as a non-muslim expat londoner to say that I am appalled at the
news of hate mail received by your web site, and at the acts of vandalism
and desecration at mosques. It is heartening to see that I am not alone in
sending you a message of support and solidarity at this terrible time.
Truly, I believe that the vast majority of Londoners, and of British people
as a whole, reject this scapegoating of your community in response to the
horrific acts of a few. The men - some only boys - who carried out this
atrocity were dangerously misguided criminals, who should not be allowed to
misuse the name of any faith. Worse still are the cynical puppet masters who
persuaded others to go to their deaths, whilst they remain alive and free.
May they be hunted down and brought to justice very soon. I applaud your
robust stance in publicly dissociating these criminals from Islam. Whilst
most of us know and understand that the average British Muslim is no more a
radical jihadist than the average British Anglican, it is vitally important
that leaders of the mainstream British Muslim community be publicly seen to
nail their colours to the mast, and to join the fight against extremist
violence of all kinds. I wish you all strength and courage in the days
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Tel: 020 8903 9650
Fax: 020 8903 9026