Muslim Action Committee

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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THE ORGANISERS OF FREE EXPRESSION MARCH DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE FAR RIGHT
Despite gaining support from a wide range of speakers and organisations, support for the demonstration had apparently been growing amongst those who saw the demonstration as an opportunity to attack Islam and Muslims publically by parading the Danish Cartoons.When the organisers of the March for Free Expression said the cartoons would not be welcomed, the characters who had been parading anti-Islamic sentiments on the free expression blog all turned their wrath on the march's organisers demanding their money back, declaring they were not going to attend and condemning the march altogether.
From what may have been an ugly rally for Islamophobia by hundreds of BNP supporters and others with an axe to grind against the Islamic faith, the March for Free Expression was moved along the path of civility. However unfortunately for the organisers a little too late and thus the poor turnout.One positive outcome is that Peter Risdon has got to speak to some Muslims and understand their concerns and sensitivities a bit better. We hope Allah willing that he will continue down the path of dialogue, debate and discussion to understand his Muslim neighbours best.
Sayyida Rend Shakir Al-Hadithi has written a letter thanking him for this action.
She says: "I reject the concept that civilised values, such as "free expression" necessary for the advancement of Science, are at odds with Muslims or Islam. If this were the case, there would be no algebra. It is an agenda from the far right to claim such concepts as their own, and vilify Muslims. I am not an apologist for crimes of justice in any religious or secular governing entity, but I am against the vilinisation of a religion for such crimes. Such vilinisation is not only against rational reason or logic, but is loaded with double standards."All Praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds and blessings and peace be upon the Mercy to the Universe, our master Muhammad.

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