Thursday, 10 March 2011

Moderate Muslims Defend Science and Free Speech

From here;


As representatives of a broad spectrum of belief in the Muslim community, we support Usama Hasan's right to free speech and the right to foster a culture of intelligent and compassionate debate about Islam (Imam is threatened with death after delivering lecture on evolution, 7 March). Islam has a tradition of creative thinking and discussion which allows disagreement and, importantly, the tools to tackle social injustice. Intolerance violates the spirit of Islam and has to be condemned.

We cannot allow people to promote acts of violence against opinions they disagree with. The stakes are high as we demand the right to build a strong foundation for future generations of Muslim children living in Britain. We can only do this if our rich diversity of Muslim communities not only follow in the footsteps of some of the great thinkers that have been proud to call themselves Muslim but also lead the way in tackling some of the greatest challenges facing all people today. We have been responsible for scientific and philosophical revolutions, created art that stands the test of time. This can only continue if we allow a free exchange of ideas, rigorous debate, and protect the individual's right to speak his or her mind when others will not.

Raheel Mohammed Director, Maslaha

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra Chairman of mosque and community affairs committee, Muslim Council of Britain

Dr Musharraf Hussain Karimia Institute

Rabia Malik City Circle

Akeela Ahmed Muslim Youth Helpline

Yahya Birt City Circle

Mohammed Imran

Merryl Wyn Davies Director, Muslim Institute

Samia Rahman Muslim Institute

Ziauddin Sardar

Julie Siddiqi Executive director, Islamic Society of Britain

Suleman Nagdi

Dilwar Hussain Policy Research Centre

MA Qavi

Rania Hasez Muslim Women in Education

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