The Home Secretary, Charles Clark met with the Muslim leaders of the Newham area on Monday evening at the Home Office where he was questioned on the issues related to the Muslims and their concerns. The meeting was organised by the local MP Lyn Brown along with the Newham Mosque Alliance and Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) UK as the largest organisation in Newham was represented by its President Mr Basharat Jaspal, External Affairs Secretary Mr Istiaq Ahmed and Media Secretary Mr Shahid Mursaleen.
The Home Secretary Charles Clark reconfirmed that the Government is aware that "Muslims are peace loving people and Islam does teach peace and harmony". He further affirmed that “the Counter Terrorism laws or the ID cards are not aimed at British Muslims rather than to increase national security”. He said the British Muslims should not fear at all.
MQI UK President, Mr Basharat Jaspal asked Charles Clark to look into changing the wrong perceptions of the British people towards Islam. He further said "Muslim community is willing to work with the Government; however the Government has to do its part the job too".
The Home Secretary is willing to work with MQI and he will be visiting the Muslim community of Newham soon. Mr Basharat invited the Home Secretary to visit MQI UK head office in East London.