Emails to the MCB on U.S. tragedy
|Tuesday 18 September 2001 at 18:25 |
I am a non believer of any faith , just a regular white guy living in the uk, and read your site to get the Muslim feed back on the terrible events last week, and was pleased to hear your sensible views on what happened, as you can appreciate people who do not follow Islam are worried by what appears to be the Islamic views on women and why they feel they have the right to impose there views on people who have no wish to commit to any religious beliefs and are happy to make there own mind up, and also why us in the western world are happy to let Muslims build temples and other places of worship in there countries , but Christians are not able to build churches and the like in Muslim countries, I believe in freedom of choice, and feel it is not giving the children of Muslim parents the choice to make up there own mind as they have are almost brainwashed at such an early age, I do not want to appear rude and you are of course free to believe in any way you wish and I respect that , but I feel they are important questions, and would be happy if you could explain the answers to me as you see them
|Tuesday 18 September 2001 at 16:36|
| Barry Mann |
I wanted to express to the Muslim Council of Britain my disgust and shame
reports i hear of abuse against the Muslim community by people in Britain
and America, in the ignorant, and plain stupid notion that all members of
the religion support the attacks by a group of fanatical terrorists in
I have heard that you had recieved abusive and threatening e-mails from a
few mindless idiots who do not represent the thoughts and feelings of the
huge majority of people in England. I am also apalled to hear of attacks
against muslim businesses and places of worship in Manchester and Bolton.
have a couple of Muslim friends, and I believe as do the majority, that
Muslims are a very welcome and important part of any community. The
diversity of a community is what keeps it fresh, healthy and an exciting
place to live.
I don't know what the response has been, but I felt it very important that
you recieve at least one message from someone who is not naive or ignorant
enough to put law abiding human beings, who believe in compassion to their
fellow man, and abhore violence in any form, in the same box as evil
terrorists who have no value in the sanctity of life, and justify the
of innocent people in the name of a religion whose principle values they
have no respect for.
I am not a religious person, but I pray that the good that will come out
this will be that despite what religion a person is they will learn the
value of any religion is love and compassion to your fellow man. If we all
learned this everyone must agree the world would be a better place to live
|Tuesday 18 September 2001 at 12:01|
|Mrs S Ramsden
I am an American living here in Britain. I saw the news report on the fire at the Mosque in Bolton.
I just wanted to say that I hope they are able to catch and punish whomever did this, and I hope the person or persons responsible eventually come to realise that this is not a positive action, and just because of your religious beliefs, it does not mean that you had anything to do with, nor agree with, what has happened recently in the United States. I am not blaming or sneering at anyone simply because of the color of their skin or for what they believe, and I certainly am not of the belief that because you worship in a Mosque, you advocate terrorism and death of innocent people, wherever they live.
I am sorry that my country is declaring war, and I am saddened that Britain will follow suit. I am saddened by the thousands of innocent people that have lost thier lives both in recent events, and in past ones. I wish there could be some way that terrorism could be wiped off the Earth without it coming to more violence and death.
I'm not trying to make myself feel better, I'm just simply wanting to let you know that I, as an American in Britain, am not blaming you because you worship in a Mosque, and I see no need to set fire to a Mosque and I hope the persons responsible will see sense and realise that it won't solve anything to cause harm to other innocent people.
|Tuesday 18 September 2001 at 16:28 |
I write to express my profoundest sympathies at what must be a very difficult time for moslems in Britain. I took the time to read some of the mail which you have been receiving. It struck me that the messages of hate are typically anonymous, semi-literate and invariably begin with comic disclaimers along the lines of, 'I'm not a racist but...'
If it is of any comfort, my impression is that this small minority of racists is no more representative of ordinary Britons than the extremist terrorists are representative of ordinary Moslems.
Most people recognise the tremendous contribution that British Moslems have made to the life of this country.
I wish you all the best for the future.
|Monday 17 September 2001 at 21:55|
| Isobel Matthews|
A salaam alaikum
I would just like you to know that you do have great support in this country. I just wanted to send you and all Muslims in the world my best wishes and support.
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