Muslims Fail to Understand the Cardinal’s Remarks

11 Apr 2004

The Muslim Council of Britain is at a total loss to understand the wholly unjustified remarks from the Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, alleging that Muslim leaders are not doing enough to condemn acts of terror.

The Cardinal himself acknowledges the stand of the Muslim umbrella body, the Muslim Council of Britain, in denouncing terrorism clearly and courageously. This denunciation has been duly resonated throughout the entire community. This should have sufficed; therefore continuing to beat the Muslim community with the stick of terrorism is not only unfair but may also impact negatively on otherwise good interfaith relations in the country.

On Easter Day, the day for rejoicing, we all stand to gain by reflecting on the admonition made by Jesus (peace be upon him) not to point to the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye whilst paying no attention to the plank in our own eyes (Matthew 7:3).

The MCB appreciates Cardinal O’Connor’s call for Western countries to examine the root causes of terror and help reduce the injustice that often leads to despair.


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