Dear MPACUK, I would like to highlight an important core value in Islam. It is the value of Justice for all.
As Muslims rightfully ask for equal rights we should also seek justice for all others.
Last Christmas, the British Transport Police dropped the word “Christmas” from its posters.
I felt that this is totally unfair to Christians. Muslims seek justice for all and I realised that I have to do something about it. I made a complaint to the British Transport Police saying that as a Muslim I don’t like anyone to be treated unfairly and I cannot accept that the majority of the British public who are Christians to feel treated like that.
This action by the British Transport Police was not instigated by Muslims at all and Muslims don’t condone it.
It was very harmful to the Muslim community because it raises very negative anti Muslim feelings even though the Muslims have done nothing to perpetrate such injustice.
There were people who jumped at the opportunity to demonise Muslims and Islam by claiming that Muslims out of all other minorities are blackmailing the British Government, Muslims are invading Britain, Muslims want to Islamise Europe by force and all this kind of deceptive rhetoric that only serves to inflame prejudice and Islamophobia.
The fact is that the British Transport Police acted with excessive Political correctness that is definitely unfair to Christians.
Islam wants justice and peace for everyone. Muslims aren’t invading or persecuting or oppressing non Muslims in Britain and they have no intention of ever doing so. On the contrary, the Quran says: Be just for it is closer to piety…” (Quran 5:8) and that there must be no compulsion in the people’s free choice of religion whatsoever.
Muslims respect the rights of everyone else and they participate actively in fighting terrorism, Anti Semitism, racism and all kinds of prejudice. Muslim states are fighting a relentless war against Al Qaeda and other terrorist organisations. Almost every day, tens of innocent Muslims are murdered by terrorists in suicide bombings Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan etc. Muslims are truly determined on eradicating terrorism and they are paying a very heavy price in casualties every day.
Muslims are doing everything possible to defeat the ideology of the clash of civilisations and its proponents on all sides.
I felt that the British Transport Police by acting like this was helping Anti Muslim conspiracy theorists in portraying Muslims as evil oppressors of the British Public. They completely hijacked the issue and implicated Muslims immediately even though Muslims really had nothing to do with it.
I received this standard response letter attached herewith from the British Transport Police apologising for the mistake.
Muslims are really trying hard to contribute to Britain and to uphold British and human values of justice, freedom and tolerance.
I hope that all Muslims will stand up against all kinds of injustice against Muslims and Non Muslims. Hadith and Quran order Muslims to stand up against injustice against Muslims and Non Muslims.
The Quran asks Muslims to stand up for justice even against parents, relatives and non Muslims. It is an Islamic duty and any Muslim who doesn’t stand up for justice is not fulfilling his Islamic duty and will be held accountable for this crime.
“O you who have believed, persistently stand firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is Ever-Acquainted with what you do.” (Quran 4:135)
I got this translation from here.
(www.mpacuk.org / 13.05.2011)