Submission from Masjid-e-Iraan |
I am involved with Masjid-e-Iraanas
its Secretary/Chairman. It is an organisation of Muslims.
We have been advised that the Government is
considering how to combat the Islamophobia that is now so rampant
in the United Kingdom that it is affecting everyone and it is
in that context that you are taking evidence from interested people.
If that is the case, I would like you to please
note my interest. I know of instances where Muslims face great
difficulties in getting jobs and while in employment face problems
because of following their faith. I also know that Muslims when
taunted and harassed for their appearance cannot get any help
by the police or anyone.
Many Muslims say that it is advantageous in
this country to be Black than Muslim. But Muslims can be both
and why can't we be treated the same way as you treat the Jews,
the Christians and the Sikhs. We should not be singled out for
discrimination and harassment.
I should also like to say that Islam is based
upon respect for other religions. The Holy Quran praises other
Prophets and we, as Muslims must believe in them. Because Christianity
does not recognise Prophets who came after Jesus, there is a real
danger of disrespect for Muhammad. I understand there is no law
that enforces respect for other religions or beliefs. I believe
there should be one.
12 Identical letters were received from the Berkshire
branch of the Islamic Society of Britain, Brent Muslim Association
and the Islamic Centre, Wembley. Back