13 April 2013
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) one of the UK’s leading Islamic organisations has warned that plans to revise the school history curriculum risks ignoring the Muslim contribution to western civilisation – an omission that will only foster alienation.
The MCB says the plans ignore the contribution of Indian Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers to two world wars, particularly on the western front in the First World War. They also, it adds, fail to acknowledge “the preservation and enhancement of ancient Greek and Roman learning by classical Muslim civilisation, which percolated into Europe via Spain and Italy, leading to the European Renaissance”.
It is not the first body to criticise the proposals. In a joint statement the Historical Association and the Royal Historical Society claim the curriculum has been drafted “without any systematic consultation”.
The extreme Muslim group “Muslim Against Crusades” (MAC), some of whose members burned poppies during Remembrance Day ceremonies last year (as reported), is planning another protest for November 11th. Mocking the charity “Help for Heroes” by calling their protest “Hell for Heroes”, the group announced they will not observe the minute of silence at the annual services to remember and honour the fallen soldiers. Instead, they are planning to disturb the silence around Royal Albert Hall by chanting. According to the Daily Mail, Cleric Anjem Choudary, who has links to MAC, said it was “one thing to remember the dead from the First World War and subsequent wars but it’s quite another when they say we need to remember the dead from Afghanistan and Iraq”.
News Agencies – September 19, 2011
30 Muslim tombs of soldiers killed during the First World War have been desecrated with racist and Nazi inscriptions in the St-Michel cemetery in the city of Carcassonne. The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) and the National Watch Against Islamophobia expressed “indignation” and “anger.” The case has been turned over to the Carcassonne police.
Ahead of Remembrance Sunday on November 8, commemorating the end of the First World War, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) published a special report highlighting the long-standing and continued support for the Armed Forces. “Remembering the Brave: The Muslim Contribution to Britain’s Armed Forces” outlines how Muslims have made a historic contribution to the defense of the nation. The document also covers the current contribution of British Muslims to the UK military.
Highlighting past polling data, the document suggests that British Muslims tend to take the sophisticated enough stand to support our troops while dissenting from the government’s decision to send those troops to controversial conflicts. An ICM-run survey in June of 500 British Muslims over the age of 16, found that 78 percent said they opposed Taliban attacks against UK and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan and three-quarters of those surveyed said it was wrong for the West to intervene militarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In this publication, the MCB acknowledges that the operations which the Armed Forces are engaged in today are deeply controversial. But that is not simply a concern amongst Muslims; it is shared by other British people also.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to visit the vandalized Muslim tombs in the military cemetery at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in the Pas-de-Calais on April 24th. The visit will coincide with the 90th anniversary commemoration of the end of the First World War, and was announced following Sarkozy’s meeting with a delegation from the Muslim community organized Dalil Boubakeur, president of the Conseil fran_ais du culte musulman (CFCM or the French Council of the Muslim Faith).