The newly appointed head of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has called for a renewed sense of engagement between British Muslims and the wider community.
Farooq Murad who was appointed as secretary general of the MCB in June, told Eastern Eye newspaper that Muslims must do more to engage with society on shared issues.
Speaking about the opportunity to move community relations forward, he commented:
“Overall the agenda of the MCB will remain the same, to create a cohesive Muslim community and bring our views to the mainstream.
A lot of our affiliate organisations are doing good work and are very busy with their own challenges, and perhaps haven’t had enough time or resources to build bridges with others. This lack of interaction with people can lead to our neighbours having negative perceptions of Muslims.
They (Muslim organisations) could be more proactive and be more engaged with local agendas and communities of other faiths.”
Mr Murad also spoke of the positive steps that the MCB had taken in building bridges with the new coalition government, admitting that in the past the MCB had not always had a smooth relationship with the government.
By Richard Sudan