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Need to move away from Thatcher’s legacy

30th May 2013

Don’t bemoan intelligence tactics

Sir, Sarah Abdullah (The Muslim News February 22) bemoans intelligence services infiltrating mosques and indoctrinating young Muslims with extremist ideas.

It would be interesting to know whether those men who were convicted on terrorism had been provoked by the intelligence services, or were monitored and thwarted by them.

Every few months there seems to be another ‘jihadist’ group brought to a British Court. Let us pray that every group is intercepted before innocent lives are destroyed.

Allah (swt) will choose who to call to the straight path, but those of us concerned about da’wah, and wanting to bring more people to Islam; or indeed just wishing to avoid ourselves, our family and friends being arbitrarily blown up by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, must ask what is causing this tiny minority of the ummah in Britain to be attracted to Al-Qa’ida and its ilk.

Yours,

Sabir Rahman Jones

Bedfordshire

 

Need to move away from Thatcher’s legacy

Sir, It was good that you published views from Muslim MPs and a Peer on the legacy of Baroness Thatcher. (The Muslim News No 288) It was quite interesting to see the diversity of views on Thatcher. The Tories supporting her whilst the Labour critical of her policies during her tenor as the Prime Minister.

Baroness Thatcher was a divisive figure. She divided the country – rich and poor – and she created a society of greed. We are suffering economically today is because of her legacy. It will take a long time before there is a change.

I was not aware about her views on Muslims and Islam and is an eye opener. So she began this idea of Islam and Muslims being the threat after the Soviet Union collapse. Nato is still existing to contain the Muslim world.

Our politicians, both Conservative and Labour, have to move away from her policies. Otherwise the poor will continue to get poorer and the rich ultra rich.

Yours

Aisha Shah

London

 

Inspiring Awards gala dinner

Sir, It seems guests at The Muslim News Awards for Excellence gala dinner (The Muslim News 26 April) had a good time. They are saying such nice things about the award event.

It was an “inspiring evening”, “an evening to remember”, “vibrant and dynamic”, “good opportunity for networking”, “ a successful event”, “fantastic evening”, “impressive evening” and a lot more.

What also came out from the guests is that the event is professionally organised, everything is on time, the volunteers were “wonderful ambassadors of the event” and the winners deserved the awards. In addition you have a wide diversity of people from all walks of life and from different parts of the UK.

The two-page photos are a testimony to the grandness of the event.

I will certainly apply to be invited next year to join in the celebration of the unsung heroes and heroines.

Yours,

Sajida Hussein

Bradford

 

Contaminated halal meals

Sir, Thank you for publishing my pig comment. I am of the opinion that the companies that have been selling pork or other non-halal meat to people or establishments claiming that they are halal should be closed down, fined heavily, named and shamed and possibly even imprisoned so that inshallah it never happens again.

This is the same for people selling beef where it is actually a good percentage of pork. I believe it should be what it says on the label. Islam is very particular about fair and honest trading. If there is some fault in an item one is selling our Prophet Muhammad (saw) said to declare that fault or defect even if it means getting a reduced price or losing the sale. We should try, in all walks of life, to follow that great man’s example.

Yours,

Nasar Mirza,

Lincoln.

 

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