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The Muslim Council of Britain calls on the BVA to “get real” on animal welfare

23rd February 2015 Today MPs debate religious slaughter following an e-petition launched in April 2014, which reached 100k signatures, calling for the end of religious slaughter. Another e-petition launched within the last fortnight calling for the protection of non-stun religious slaughter has attracted significantly more support, with over 122k signatures being received in just 10 days. Dr. Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "The overwhelming support in the UK for the protection of religious slaughter, whether Shechita or Halal, is undeniable with over 122,000 people signing the petition in the last two weeks alone." In the midst of concerns about animal welfare, he added: "Islam and Judaism, like other faiths, require animals to be treated humanely at all times. We urge the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to investigate how animal abuses of the kind exposed by Animal Aid and Hillside Animal Sanctuary could occur when every abattoir is supposed to be under the supervision of a veterinarian. The British Veterinary ...

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Protecting Religious Slaughter

As you may already be aware, there is a petition going around to protect religious slaughter. This coming Monday, 23rd February 2015, our MPs will be holding a debate on non-stun slaughter and the promotion of animal welfare. This debate, if headed towards stunned slaughter, will be detrimental to our practice of religious slaughter for Halal meat. The MCB are urging the community to sign this e-petition and to contact their local MP to encourage them to attend the debate, and speak out on behalf of the Muslim community. You can find out how to contact your MP here. We would like to request you and your organisation to print this distribution slip and distribute by hand at Friday prayer tomorrow. In order to save paper, we have fitted the content to each quarter of a page so four slips are fitted into one A4 page, which can be cut out and distributed. We all need to ...

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From Chapel Hill to Copenhagen: the MCB Decries a Week of Hatred and Bloodshed'

Press Release From Chapel Hill to Copenhagen: the Muslim Council of Britain Decries a Week of Hatred and Bloodshed 15th February 2015 The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) today condemned a week of violence inspired by hate. It began with the attack and murder of three young Americans in Chapel Hill in North Carolina, apparently attacked because of their Muslim faith, and it ended last night with the attack on a synagogue and a free speech event in Copenhagen. The week also included the brutal murder of Mustafa Mattan in Ottawa. The MCB condemns this violence. Such attacks reflect the worst of our society and come as the destructive climate of hate continues to pervade our discourse. When left unfettered, the scourge of Islamophobia and anti-semitism has led to violent attacks against places of worship and verbal assaults in the UK, as well as some of the tragedies we have seen in the last ...

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Press Statement - MAB condemns the killing of 3 Muslims in North Carolina

On Tuesday the 10th of February, a man by the name of Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to the police for the killing of 3 Muslims and has since been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. According to latest news, investigators are still looking for the motive of the heinous crime which some believe was a dispute over parking space between the young victims and their neighbour, Hicks. The Muslim Association of Britain expresses its strong condemnation of the shooting and consequent killing of the three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. MAB offers its condolences to the family of the victims. MAB encourages people to use the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter to raise voices together for these young victims who tragically lost their lives to what seems to be hate-motivated murders. It is important that American Muslims feel safe living in the US as well as other Muslims in Muslim-minority countries. Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, President of MAB said: ...

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A national #VisitMyMosque day at Finsbury Park Mosque

  On Sunday 1st February 2015, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) organised a national #VisitMyMosque day, where British mosques opened their doors to the general public. Local mosques invited inter-faith leaders as well, in order to come together to demonstrate unity and solidarity during what has been a tense time for faith communities. Finsbury Park Mosque participated in this initiative and organised an open day where we invited our local community including Arsenal supporters in their way back after the match. The programme included (distributing sweets inside and outside the mosque, tour of mosque, exhibition, nasheed by kids, writing names of non-Muslims in arabic calligraphy and distributing literatures about Islam and our beloved prophet Mohammed peace be upon him). Few hundred people attended during the day. See the Guardian coverage of our mosque open day. "Mosques open their doors for the day to reach out and reassure".  

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What they said about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

  Sir George Bernard Shaw in 'The Genuine Islam,' Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.   “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity." "I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”   Michael Hart in ‘The ...

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Visit My Mosque: British Muslim Centres of Worship Open Doors to Public

   On Sunday 1st February 2015, the Muslim Council of Britain will be organising a national #VisitMyMosque day, where British mosques will open their doors to the general public. Mosques will be sharing tea and refreshments alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship. Members of the community are there to get to know one another better and some may be on hand to answer questions about Muslims and Islam where this is possible. Local mosques will also be inviting inter-faith leaders as well, and all will be invited to come together to demonstrate unity and solidarity during what has been a tense time for faith communities. Participating mosques will be listed at   #VisitMyMosque day is part of a national initiative by Muslims to reach out to fellow Britons following tensions around terrorism. On 16 January, the Muslim Council of Britain organised Interfaith Solidarity Meetings in London and ...

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