'We have a responsibility to work for the common good of this country' - Judge Khurshid Drabu
Mon 14 Mar 2005
I have been somewhat surprised by the receptiveness of our requirements at the highest level of the operational staff at the MOD. I can say with confidence that there is a determination and commitment from the top to address issues of Islamophobia and racism within the Forces and there is no pretence that these evils do not exist.
There is little doubt that the Muslim Council of Britain is the voice of the Muslims in Britain. In just seven years of its existence the MCB has become a highly respected institution in the UK and is highly regarded in the Muslim world.
Mr. Drabu was instrumental in drafting the constitution of the Muslim Council of Britain and when the MCB was set up in 1997 he chaired its first AGM and carried out the role of Election Commissioner- a role that he has continued to play throughout the last seven years. He holds the position of Constitutional Advisor and Convener of the Board of Counsellors.
He was the first Chairman of its Legal Committee. The elected office bearers of the MCB rely heavily on Mr. Drabu for advice and support. His sound judgment and sharp intellect is greatly admired by all those who come into contact with him. The MCB is in the process of launching a new initiative Â– MCB Friends which is spearheaded by Mr. Drabu.
This initiative will enable the MCB to reach out to organisations, institutions and individuals of other faiths to join and support the work of the MCB. It will empower Muslims who are not part of any Muslim organisation to give their time and skills for the benefit of the community through the MCB.
Mr. Drabu's work over the years is strong evidence of his true and firm commitment to promoting good relations between followers of all faiths and no belief and between members of different cultures and ethnicities.
However his most recent role as the Honourary Muslim Advisor for the Ministry of Defence has caused significant interest in the Muslim community.
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