The British government is working to ensure that Muslims can access financial products and services compatible with Islam in order to support both Muslims living in the UK and those seeking to do business there. This was stated in a press release from the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Kitty Ussher, has expressed Britain’s commitment to supporting the development of Islamic finance in the UK. “I can see the real benefits it will bring both to ensure a level playing field in retail financial services and to bring greater opportunities to the City of London, which will ultimately lead to more jobs in our economy. Aemy Azlena reports.
By Lane Lambert QUINCY – There he was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at a lavish reception marking the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence. Britain’s Prince Andrew was seated to his right, Australia’s ambassador to his left, and Brunei’s foreign minister across the table. ”And they were asking me about Muslims in America,” said Imam Talal Eid, recalling the event a month later. The 56-year-old Lebanon native and Quincy resident is fielding such questions more often than ever these days, in farther-flung places. Four months after he became the first Muslim cleric appointed to the high-profile U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, he is traveling the globe acting as something of a U.S. ambassador to the Islamic world.