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From Manchester to Koranchester - First Muslim Mayor begins his inauguration with recitation of the Koran

The United Kingdom becomes the United Khalifate
June 15, 2005

MIM: The Muslim Association of Britain proclaims it's Da'wa message :" to convey the image of Islam in it's pure and unblemished form". It is worth noting that Muslims seem to be in everyone's face with their religion, literally foisting Koran's on the public and demanding PSA spots be aired on television but scream racism whenever any non Muslim remarks on their beliefs.

Now that football jerseys have become halal will the next step be Shakespeare in Arabic?

http://www.mabonline.info/english/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=394 News: The First Muslim Mayor in the History of Manchester


Mohammed Afzal Khan: The First Muslim Mayor in the History of Manchester On Sunday the 22nd May 2005, Manchester City had its first MuslimMayor in its history.

His inauguration today with the background Nasheed of " talaa albadru alyna…" followed by the recitation from the holy Quran then

by the prayers of all other religions gave a good example of the positive interaction

of Muslims with other communities and their commitment and contribution to prosperity of the whole society.

Mayor Afzal Khan is a lawyer from and member of the Labour party. He won a councilor seat in the last council elections on the Cheetham Hill ward in North

Manchester. He is a well known among the Muslim community and worked hard

serving the city.

We wish him all the best and success and hoping by this new post he can serve the
communities in Manchester further better.

Muslim Association of Britain


Increase in Muslim MPs


THE number of Muslim members of the British parliament has doubled, yet it remains a meagre representation for the country's Muslim community, which numbers around two million.

The Labour MP for Glasgow Central, Mohammad Sarwar, was re-elected, as was Khalid Mahmood of Birmingham Perry Barr. Two lawyer-activists, Sadiq Khan and Shahid Malik, were also elected in what was described by national Muslim organisations as a considerable achievement for British Muslims.

However, The Muslim News noted that there should be at least twenty Muslim members of parliament to represent the community adequately. It criticised the three main political parties for fielding most of their candidates – 48 between them – in "unwinnable" seats. The only party that delivered Muslim MPs was Labour, which simultaneously received a "bloody nose" for the Iraq war and anti-terror legislation.

Several prominent Muslim candidates missed out on election, the most prominent of whom was Salma Yaqoob in Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath. One of the nine Muslim candidates fielded by the Respect coalition headed by George Galloway – who was victorious in the East of London – Yaqoob managed to make a significant dent in the sitting Labour MP's majority. She would have been Britain's first hijab-wearing MP, while various countries with Muslim majorities prohibit the same.

The Muslim Association of Britain congratulated the four Muslim MPs and warned that "they were elected on the basis of trust and confidence, and that they must never ever betray that trust or breach that confidence."

Khalid Mahmood has never been far from controversy. During the bombing onslaught in Afghanistan – which was the motivation for many Muslims to become active in the anti-war movement – an article appeared in The Observer criticising Muslims for believing "myths now being peddled about the conflict". It was signed by Khalid Mahmood, but was soon revealed to have been penned by Foreign Office minister Dennis MacShane, who later called on British Muslim leaders to choose between "the British way" and "the way of the terrorists".

Mahmood was not one of the Labour rebels against the Iraq war, and his voting record on other issues of concern has been consistently contrary to mainstream Muslim opinion.

There is some optimism regarding the new members. Sadiq Khan MP of Tooting, South London, specialises in human rights law and has represented British detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He is former chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. Shahid Malik, now MP for Burnley in the north of England, is a member of Labour's National Executive Committee. Both are seen as being better equipped to represent the concerns of younger generations of British Muslims.

In Scotland, only three Muslim candidates were put forward, including Sarwar. The other two stood for the Scottish National Party, with MAB expressing disappointment that both the Conservatives and Lib Dems had no Muslims. Osama Saeed Bhutta and Jahangir Hanif missed out in East Renfrewshire and Central Ayrshire respectively.

Nevertheless, the SNP is turning its attention to delivering at least one Asian candidate to the Scottish Parliament in the 2007 elections. At the pre-election event held by The iWitness, nationalist leader Alex Salmond pledged to end the complete lack of ethnic minority MSPs, branding it as "Scotland's real shame".



Rangers remove alcohol sponsor for Muslim supporters


The iWitness has learned that Rangers are to accommodate their Muslim supporters by taking their main sponsor's logo off their jerseys.

This has led Celtic fans to express disappointment that their team has so far not responded to calls for them to do likewise.

With Islam strictly prohibiting its followers from associating with alcohol, countless Muslim Old Firm supporters have missed out on wearing their team's colours. One Rangers fan has not worn the club jersey since Carling replaced NTL as the club's shirt sponsor in 2003.

Wanting to follow his team but at the same time not wishing to go against Islamic teachings, the 26-year-old wrote to the club explaining his dilemma. Rangers replied by telling the supporter that they have made plans to make ‘available limited number of tops without the Carling logo'.

Another Rangers fan, Mansoor Ali from Glasgow, told The iWitness he believed the move will enhance the club's image within the community.

He said: "I know a number of Muslims who have been in a predicament ever since Carling sponsored both Celtic and Rangers. On the one hand you want to wear your team's shirt but on the other as Muslims we have a duty to follow Islamic teachings. I can remember even back in the nineties, my father refused to buy me a Rangers shirt because it was sponsored by McEwan's Lager.

"This time around I am delighted that Rangers have taken my concerns on board and will be providing me with a club kit without the Carling logo. I am sure there are others like me who will happy at such an outcome as it will allow them to meet Islamic guidelines while at the same time wear the Rangers strip with pride."

The Muslim Association of Britain called on Celtic to follow suit.

A spokesperson for their Scottish branch said: "There is a wider issue about whether it is responsible for the teams to be promoting alcohol in this way, though Rangers' move is a welcome one. Full credit to the fans for taking up the issue with the clubs, and we hope that Celtic will also look after their Muslim following.

A number of fans have said that they have written to Celtic to outline their concerns but have not received a response as of yet. The iWItness asked Celtic for comment, but none was given.

Quotes for this story:

Club Removes Drink Firm Logo for 'Muslim Jerseys'
The Scotsman
Rangers drop Carling shirt logo for its Muslim supporters
Glasgow Evening Times


The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) الرابطة الإسلامية في بريطانيا

When and Why?

¨ Founded in November 1997.

¨ Aimed to promote and propagate the principles of positive Muslim interaction with all elements of society to reflect, project and convey the message of Islam in its pure and unblemished form.

¨ Part of the wider British Islamic movement and a supporter of all other ventures that agree on the proper principles of Da'wa and human collaboration.

¨ Affirmed the principles of Muslim citizenship and the firm and undeniable roots of Islam and Muslims within British society.

¨ To establish a relationship of cooperation and coordination with the other institutions and organizations in any activity which does not contradict with the aims and objectives of MAB.

¨ To broaden the scope of dialogue between the different cultures and faiths in order to serve society and humanity.

¨ To improve the relationship between the Muslim community and the British institutions on the one hand, and the Muslim world on the other so that their social, economic and political relationships shall be revived on sound basis.

¨ To support just causes and take advantage for this of technology, constructive education, and the good morals of society.


¨ An Islamic organisation that is of solid organisational structure and sound membership profile, which represents British Muslims on all levels, including the educational, spiritual, scientific, academic, social and political.

¨ An organisation that speaks for Muslims on all issues and enjoys strong support throughout British society, through proving its worth and value as an integral element thereof rather than a fringe entity.

¨ An organisation that leads the way in Islamic public work and opens doors to more efficient, constructive and appropriate relationships with the wider non-Muslim community, and is considered a true and proper reflection of Islam and its sublime principles.

Our Motto

¨ I want not but betterment and reform to the best of my ability, and my success is but from Allah (Quran).

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