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  • Secular democracy launch event


    by Sunny
    24th April, 2008 at 4:42 am    

    A new charity, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, launches on 1st May, giving voice to Muslims committed to democracy and calls for all London based Muslims to use their individual voting rights in the Mayoral election

    Launch debate at the Royal Society of Arts on 1 May 2008: The Secular State – the best option for Muslims?

    Time & date: 1.00 pm on 1st May 2008
    Venue: Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
    Subject: The Secular State – the best option for Muslims?
    Chair: Baroness Kishwer Falkner
    Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, columnist; Inayat Bunglawala, Assistant Secretary-General, Muslim Council of Britain; Dr Usama Hasan, Director, City Circle; Ed Husain, author of the Islamist and Deputy Director of the Quilliam Foundation.

    British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD) achieved charitable status in 2008 and provides a voice for the silent majority of Muslims in Britain who feel no conflict between their faith and democracy and who seek to dissolve the apparent misconception that Islam and democracy in Britain are incompatible.

    BMSD aims are twofold:
    · Firstly, it aims to project the more balanced, constructive perspective of the majority of Muslims in Britain who embrace democracy. It will strive to address the influence of religious radicalism and intolerant beliefs.

    · Secondly it aims to promote a greater understanding of the benefits of being part of a British Democracy to the Muslim community within Britain and to oppose racism against Muslims.
    Background on BMSD

    The BMSD began as an idea in 2005 with a discussion between two women Nasreen Rehman (Vice Chair) and Yasmin Alibhai Brown (Chair) to be a ‘platform’ from which to present the ‘unheard’ moderate and modern voice of Muslims. Gaining charitable status in 2008, it now aims to continue and expand this work with media, policy makers, public, Muslim people and communities.

    BMSD is chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the journalist and author who has written and been published extensively on issues relating to Muslims in Britain. The Trustees represent and bring together many sections of the Muslim faith from Sunni Muslim to Ismaili. BMSD accepts all Muslims and this is reflected in the make-up of the Board.

    Trustees include Ghayasuddin Siddique, Head of the Muslim Parliament in the UK; Nasreen Rehman, Screenwriter; Imran Ahmad, writer; Dr Shaaz Mahboob, Medical Doctor and NHS Manager; Dr Taj Hargey, Oxford Academic; Reem Maghribi, editor in Chief, SharqMagazine.com and Andy Gregg, Chief Executive of LASA.

    Registration/attendance to the debate is free and can be made via telephone to the RSA on 020 7451 6868 or through their website (www.rsa.org.uk) and the following link: http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/detail.asp?eventID=2537

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    I’ll most likely be going to this unless somethig big happens the night before the elections.


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    1. billericaydicky — on 24th April, 2008 at 8:54 am  

      Sunny,

      You’re under attack in the Guardian, some nonentity is having a go at the two new Muslim organizations you have written about. I wouldn’t worry too much as CiF shows just how out of touch the with even its own readership the Guardian is.

      Check out Seamus Milnes leading article, nearly everyone is having a go.

    2. Saqib — on 24th April, 2008 at 10:31 am  

      I’m slightly confused…if the aim of this organisation is to show Muslims that tyhey need to participate in British democracy, well, that is already underway.

      If many Muslims don’t participate, well that is only symptomatic of the wider apathy in society.

      Anyway, I do hope to attend this…might even bump into Mr Hundal.

    3. Leon — on 24th April, 2008 at 10:36 am  

      Aren’t we soon going to see the ratio of Muslim orgs to Muslim people reach 1:1?!

    4. Saqib — on 24th April, 2008 at 10:44 am  

      Leon:

      ‘Aren’t we soon going to see the ratio of Muslim orgs to Muslim people reach 1:1?!’

      lol…Yes, I know…QF, MCB, MAB, MPAC, ISB, IVF, HIV…opps…the last two are going somewhere else.

    5. Sid — on 24th April, 2008 at 10:49 am  

      Nice one Sunny. I want to get on your mailing list.
      Anyway, this is a good reason to take the afternoon off from work. See you there.

      haha probably true Leon.

    6. Leon — on 24th April, 2008 at 11:18 am  

      I might attend this also…*checks diary*

    7. fugstar — on 24th April, 2008 at 11:32 am  

      BMSD sounds like it might stand for something rather lewd.

    8. bananabrain — on 24th April, 2008 at 11:59 am  

      ‘Aren’t we soon going to see the ratio of Muslim orgs to Muslim people reach 1:1?!’

      hur hur hur. you’re right, you know, i found three in the cupboard under the stairs and one down the back of the sofa this morning.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    9. Roger — on 24th April, 2008 at 2:40 pm  

      “Aren’t we soon going to see the ratio of Muslim orgs to Muslim people reach 1:1?!”
      Still some way to go:
      Two jews, three opinions.
      or- another variant-
      Two Hungarians, three political parties.

      The problem is, though, are islam and secular democracy compatible? After all, if you’ve got god’s personal orders you don’t debate them. Islamists claim- and for once i agree with them- that muslims who participate in secular society gradually cease to be muslims and become peole from a muslim cultural bacground. That’s why they’re against it and I’m for it.

    10. Saqib — on 24th April, 2008 at 5:53 pm  

      I just got this message from the Venue:

      ‘Hi Saqib

      I think you have bagged the place, but do let your colleagues know that there is a waiting list online which they can sign up for.’

      So if you want to come down, contact them asap. I look forward to meeting you in person Sid.

    11. sonia — on 24th April, 2008 at 6:07 pm  

      interesting.
      oh dear i am going to keep calling this lot BDSM by mistake i feel sure of it

    12. fugstar — on 24th April, 2008 at 7:12 pm  

      interesting that BDS&M should hold it on mayoral election day.

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