This month: #MuslimBan, Challenging Inaccuracy in the Media, Upcoming Visit My Mosque Day, Muslim in Numbers Briefing 11, Events, News, Welcoming New Affiliate
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#MuslimBan: Time for our Government to Stand Up For British Values

Following the Executive Order by US President Trump to initiate a ban on people from a select few Muslim majority countries, the Muslim Council of Britain called on our British government to speak out much more forcefully and stand up for the British values it supposedly seeks from others. For all intents and purposes this is a Muslim ban designed not to confront terrorism but to placate the most hateful sections of American society. Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, spoke about how dangerous the ban is to our values of equality and non-discrimination, and how "our Prime Minister has found it hard to express these [British] values when representing us on the world stage." - Read more.

January 2017
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Visit My Mosque Day 2017

This Sunday 5th February is Visit My Mosque day, where Mosques across the UK will be opening their doors to everyone for tours, tea and exhibitions. This year we have over 150+ Mosques taking part. Find out more about the day by visiting

Find your local Mosque by searching your postcode or city.
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Read Ben and Jerry's Blog about Visit My Mosque day: 'Visit My Mosque Day: Why We Should All Try a Different Flavour.

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Watch the NEW VIDEO for Visit My Mosque Day 2017!
MCB News
Challenging Inaccurate Stories About Muslims
Victoria Derbyshire ShowOn 19th January 2017, the BBC profiled the Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, in his work correcting and challenging the media on their articles on Muslims and Islam. In an in-depth recording, he shows the extent to which articles need to be changed due to inaccuracy and lack of facts. The programme was featured during the Victoria Derbyshire show, where Miqdaad went on live to discuss Muslims in the media. Watch here.

>See also, Miqdaad's article in the Guardian: 'The UK media too often misrepresents Muslims – with dangerous results'
See List of Media Challenges
MCB Secretary General Listed in Debretts 500 Most Influential People

On 21 January 2017, the Secretary General of the MCB, Harun Khan, was listed in Debretts 500 list of influential people in Britain.

See the list here.
New All Party Report on Integration
The MCB commended the “Interim Report into Integration of Immigrants” published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration on 5th January 2017, where the report called for a well-funded and comprehensive two-way integration strategy appropriately catering for the needs and concerns of local communities. The MCB also welcomed the report’s call for political leadership to shape a strong and ‘inclusive national narrative that defines integration as the success of all groups, and not just a problem of newcomers’ - see here.
Congratulations to Those Named in 2017 Honours List

The honours system recognises people who have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain, and who have made achievements in public life. The 2017 New Year’s Honours Muslim award winners include Mo Farah (Double Olympic and World Champion), who was also awarded a Knighthood, and Mohamed Sbihi (British Rower). See the full list.
Bridges not Walls

The MCB was proud to support the 'Build Bridges Not Walls' event which was held on the same day as the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President on 20th January, where together, banners were dropped from bridges across the country – and the world – to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message.

There were ten designated bridges across the Thames, each for a different cause. Many assembled on Southwark Bridge to show solidarity against Islamophobia.
Bright Blue's Conservatism and Human Rights Podcast - Freedom of Religion

On 16 January 2017, Miqdaad Versi, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB was interviewed by Bright Blue, an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism, on Freedom of Religion and discussed the topic of full face veils. Listen to the interview here.
Refugee Crisis

On 23rd January, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi spoke at St. Paul's school as part of a panel discussion discussing the Refugee Crisis.
Joining him on the panel were Amina Kadogo, Marienna Pope-Weidemann from Right to Remain and Stephanie Leonard from Citizens UK. St. Paul's chose Refugee Action as its chosen charity for the year 2016-17, during which time the school is committed to raising awareness of, and funds for, the charity’s work.
Are students justified in banning the sale of newspapers on campus?

On 24th January 2017, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, Miqdaad Versi, joined three other panelists at City, University of London to debate whether campus campaigns against the sale of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express are justified. In the debate, he said,"If you want to have strength in our press to challenge authority, rather than castigate minorities, we have to worry about inaccuracy and about discriminating against minorities". Find out more here.
'Healthy Not Hungry'

O 25th January, the Secretary General of the MCB joined the United Nation's World Food Programme's event, 'Healthy Not Hungry' where Chefs around the globe were invited to tackle issues around poverty and malnutrition and to look at sustainable food systems and how to boost nutrition, so that those with less can have more.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain attended the Holocaust Memorial Day UK Commemorative Ceremony on 26th January 2017 at Queen Elizabeth II Centre to join others in remembering this dark chapter in history, and subsequent genocides that followed.
Demonstration Against Trump's Muslim Ban

Talha Ahmad, Treasurer and National Council member of the MCB, attended and spoke at a demonstration outside Downing Street on Monday 30th January 2017 and joined thousands against Trump's 'Muslim ban. Another protest is scheduled for Saturday 4th February, which the MCB will also be attending.

See some of the coverage of the MCB on Trump's 'Muslim Ban':

> ITV - 'Muslim Council Issue Statement following US Immigration ban'

> BBC - 'The Muslim Council of Britain called on the government to speak out more forcefully against the "downright dangerous" order'.

> Sky - 'The Muslim Council of Britain urged the UK Government to "stand up for British values" as it condemned the ban'.

> Daily Mail - 'The Muslim Council of Britain said the details of the executive order exposed that it was not designed to tackle terrorism but to appeal to right-wing supporters of President Trump'.

> Morning Star Online - 'MCB — the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella group — has called on the government to “stand up for British values” in speaking out against the ban'.

> Mirror - 'Muslim Council of Britain Condemns Trump'.
Research and Documentation Committee News
British Muslims in Numbers: Briefing 11

To carry forward the findings of the MCB report ‘British Muslims in Numbers’ (2015), the MCB’s Research and Documentation Committee has published its ninth briefing. This briefing is titled, Briefing 11: ‘Offenders from Muslim backgrounds’ – December 2016. Read the briefing here.

Previous briefings can be viewed here:
Welcome to New Affiliate!
MCB Forthcoming Events

- National Council Meeting, Saturday, 4 March, London
- Muslim Leadership Dinner, May, London
- MCB Annual General Meeting, Saturday 15 July, Birmingham
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