Baroness Warsi correct that ‘Islam is misunderstood’

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Thursday, 20 January 2011 - The decision to reduce the controversial power to detain terror suspects without charge to 14-days from next Monday, has been welcomed by British Muslims and organisations. The decision to ban extremists like Terry Jones has been welcomed likewise.

Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK said "These decisions will help to re-build confidence in British Muslims. The Government should however review the counter-terrorism powers and make sure that one particular community is not targeted by those powers."

"The Home Office made a wise decision to ban Terry Jones as his presence would have fuelled anti-Islam sentiments and extremism due to his inflammatory comments and it would have damaged interfaith harmony and multi-culturism in Britain."

Commenting on Baroness Warsi's recent concerns about the rise in anti-Islamic rhetoric in the media, he added that “I agree Islam is misunderstood. It is important to note that Islam has no link to terrorism what so ever as discussed in the historic Fatwa on Terrorism. Islam is a peaceful and tolerant faith and I agree there is a real need to educate the public and to promote the truth about Islam.”

"Minhaj-ul-Quran UK has always been working to promote British values of integration, democracy, interfaith harmony and tolerance for many years. We have been at the forefront of the fight against extremism in this country."

The founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has recently said that “The hollow notion of ‘Clash of Civilization’ needs to be replaced with ‘Dialogue among Civilizations’. The enhanced engagement among different religions especially Islam and Christianity would serve to build bridges and raze down walls that separate us. Islam stands for peace, harmony and human development."