Islamic Scholars Urge British Muslims to Vote

03 May 2005

Just forty eight hours before the nation goes to the polls, leading Islamic scholars and prominent community leaders will be urging the British Muslim community to do their citizens duty and to take the fullest part in the General Election on the 5 May 2005.

“There has arguably never been a more important time for British Muslims to engage in the mainstream political process. We know there is a lot of disaffection in the community particularly with the way the anti-terror laws have been applied and with respect to the war against Iraq as well as concerns on inclusion and equality. We believe that by not participating in the political process we will only be further marginalised. Our Islamic scholars are convinced in their opinion that British Muslims must increase their engagement with the wider British society with a view to fulfilling the Qur’anic commandment to ‘enjoin the good and forbid the wrong,'” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

The press conference for Muslim scholars will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 3rd May 2005 at the London Muslim Centre, Whitechapel, London.

All journalists or broadcasters wanting to attend are kindly requested to confirm attendance in advance by emailing


Notes to Editors:

1. The Muslim Council of Britain ( is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

For further information please contact: The Muslim Council of Britain, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT,
Tel: 07708 065 150 or 0208 432 0585/6, Fax: 0208 432 0587, Email:,