Emails to the MCB on issues and events since Sept 11
|Thursday 18 October 2001 |
|PA Barranger-Clark |
Dear Sirs,I expect over the last weeks your members and the muslims of Great Britain have been put on the "spotlight".I have heard on the news and from the papers about attacks and racist remarks.I and my family would like to say to you that the attack on the Twin Towers was commited by terrorists.,I do not see this as a religious act
|Friday 19 October 2001 |
|Simon Daniels |
I appreciate that this is your holy day, but just wanted to write to express my support for the Muslim community in Great Britain in these testing times.
I have no political commitment, in fact my enduring passion is for the protection and welfare of animals and conservation of wildlife. But I was horrified to learn of the fear in which Muslims are living in this country, and yet your contribution to this country's culture and prosperity is greater than that of the bigots who claim to have a greater right to live here. My blood group is very rare, in fact it is a relic of the ancient Celts who inhabited Cornwall, so my voice carries more weight than theirs according to their own argument!
I know I am only one voice, and it is probably cold comfort, but I want you to know how much I value your part in our society. I particularly express my support for the Pakistani community, with whom our history over nearly two centuries should make us one today. Perhaps the so-called 'British Patriots' should be tackled on their home ground, and be told something of the bravery of the Frontier Force and Corps of Guides - make them shut up for a while!
I understand very much how difficult it must be at the moment, with Pakistan torn by current circumstances. And I probably am doing nothing to help, because I support the Anglo-American strikes against bin Laden and the Taleban (I have close friends and loved ones in Florida and Virginia and family in South Carolina); but I pray that the problems which we face at the moment will serve to strengthen our multi-racial community here.
I am ashamed that I cannot quote you any comfort from the Koran, but I do say, God keep you, and please do not be put in fear by bigots. You are more valuable than all of them. Hope this helps.
|Friday 19 October 2001 |
Although I have a strong personal faith, I have little time for organised religion. While Christianity, Islam , Judaism and Hinduism are all good and honourable in theory, history shows that they have all been hijacked by zealots with political-economic-social agendas. Islam has its Taliban, Wahabbists and bin Ladens and Christianity attracts hardline fundamentlists like Pat Robertson and Jerry Fulwell in the US. Why dont many ordinary muslims see that the extremists among them have usurped their religion, that they take advantage of the illiteracy among poorer muslims and give them a perverted interpretation of the Koran. Christian fundamentalists are no better, similarly twisting passages from the Bible to justify their vilification of homosexuals and ethnic minorities, target abortion clinics etc.
Zionists in Israel constantly upset any efforts to get Palestine peace talks on track. At the bottom of it all, fundamentalists brainwash the poor and illiterate with the claims that life on Earth is only preparation for the hereafter. I'm not doubting that there is an afterlife. Its the cynical way in which the Taliban, Zionists, Christian fundamentalists use it as a cover for allowing people to starve, be persecuted and, in some cases, be encouraged to launch suicide attacks. Wit respect to the likes of Afghanistan, bin Laden I'd like to see an end to the bombing but I'd also like to see the global muslims community take a much harder line with extremists.
|Friday 19 October 2001|
My name is salim alami I wanted to get in contact with
you over these events that have been happening over
the last few weeks. It seems that all madia attention
has turned to attacking muslims and the pionting
fingers at them.
We need to educate britian by telling the people how
we muslims really feel about what has been going on.
The goverment has been saying that this is not a war
agianst muslims but seeing the news and tv programmes
it seems everybody is pionting fingers at us. We
should try to put something on tv which shows how
muslims feel and what islam is really like not what
they show it to be. As the muslim council for UK may
be you could have some influence in persuading the
goverment to show some programmes like this.
I'm sorry if I've said something wrong but some thing
has to be done we as muslims are being put down and
not being able to have a say in it.
|Monday 22 October 2001 |
|Tim Hodgetts |
Whilst I do not wish to disrespect the beliefs and principles of Islam, I am puzzled by the actions of Muslim nations regarding the plight of people in Afghanistan. Some of the wealthiest countries of the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia have been vocal in their criticism of the US actions against the Taleban regime. Yet those same countries are more than able to fund and staff a united Moslem military operation to go into Afghanistan. This force could set up a mobile city to feed, heal and house those most desperate refugees. This would not offend strict religious edicts, it would simply be seen as Moslems helping Moslems. It would not worry or alarm the US or other Western nations, but it would be seen as the people who are best suited to helping the Afghan refugees doing their part.
If the Taleban are funding themselves through trading in narcotics and drugs, if they are allegedly funding and organising terrorism and if they are able to help their own people but do not, despite having the resources, then please explain why they seem to have such widespread support from the Islamic world. I would very much like to see practical help reaching those people, but I do not see those wealthy groups helping. Just the Western nations who will only receive condemnation for their actions. If the Taleban had used only 10% of the funds they had generated from the sale and trafficking of drugs on feeding people, would we still have people dying from hunger?
Most people in the Western world would like to see the Islamic nations rise up and strike at their enemies. But those enemies should be the same as the ones that the West should also fight. Hunger, poverty, lack of education and lack of understanding and tolerance for other people. This would be the holiest of wars, to help fellow human beings who are in desperate need.
Maybe this is naive on my part, but Islam has a part to play in defeating terrorism and that is by helping to remove the circumstances that foster such beliefs.
I hope the war in Afghanistan is short, but I also hope that the country is rebuilt under a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The Islamic nations have a role to play in helping with that as does the West. This will be seen as a success when people return to Afghanistan from other parts of Europe. They will want to play their part in rebuilding their home nation. They will bring the skills and experience they have gained elsewhere and under a benign government, they will see their nation grow again. But for now, all I see is a regime that few except those who hold power want to live in.
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