As I pointed out yesterday, both the Muslim Council of Britain and MINAB have now sent out statements condemning the threats against Usama Hasan.
This is to be welcomed. There’s a letter in the Guardian today too, titled ‘We need freedom to speak about Islam‘.
But the question for the MCB and Mosques And Imams National Advisory Board (Minab) should be why they took so long to speak out. This issue kicked off after I blogged about it. Then the national media jumped on the story and then, belatedly, Muslim organisations released statements in support.
But lots of people knew about the campaign against Dr Hasan before I blogged about it. They knew a prominent imam was being threatened by fanatics, and yet they remained silent about it.
This isn’t just me saying it: a lot of Muslims are also privately saying this. So why didn’t the MCB and Minab act earlier? Their response has been far too late in this matter and seems to indicate they only act if the national media spotlight shines on particular incidents.
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