The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) welcomes the definition of Islamophobia released today by the APPG on British Muslims following its year-long consultation across the UK.
“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”
The definition aligns to the three essential principles we previously set out:
- Islamophobia is a form of racism;
- Islamophobia is more than just anti-Muslim hatred or bigotry; and
- Islamophobia does not incorporate criticism of Islam as a faith but some people may hide behind “criticism of Islam” when engaging in Islamophobia.
The proposed definition also has strong support amongst academics in the field, and support from many Muslims across the United Kingdom.
Given the support of the Muslim Council of Britain, we hope Muslim communities across the UK embrace the definition and we welcome the APPG’s roadshow across the UK to share their work in this area.
In the coming days, the MCB will be listening to Muslim communities and gathering endorsements.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “Today is a significant moment as a definition of Islamophobia has been agreed between parliamentarians, academics and many from Muslim communities. As more and more Muslim communities share their support, we hope the government will listen to Muslim communities and adopt this definition in the coming days and weeks.”[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
1.The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.
2. See here for the MCB submission to the APPG on British Muslim’s consultation
3. For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079