The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) is following with extreme concern the ongoing discussion surrounding the Conservative Party and its apparently endemic problem with Islamophobia.
For years now, prominent figures within the party have warned against the rise of a clearly Islamophobic narrative amid seemingly intentional disregard for the gross impact this has on the party itself, its relationship with the Muslim community as well as upon British Muslims who continue to suffer at the hands of rising bigotry, racism and xenophobia.
The bitter and divisive Mayoral election of 2016 and the manner in which the Tory candidate conducted his campaign, still loom large in the memories of British Muslims of all political persuasions. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s constant and consistent demands of the party she used to co-chair to take this issue seriously to apparently no avail, impresses that this is more than a fleeting problem. The more recent call of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) for the Conservatives to investigate the deeply ingrained problem of Islamophobia throughout its ranks, which was met with not only total disregard by the party’s rank and file, but a callous attack on the MCB itself, threaten to embolden a racist narrative deeming it acceptable to display prejudice and discrimination against Muslims.
Therefore, and once again, MAB calls upon the Conservative Party to demonstrate that it is serious about Islamophobia, and to conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation throughout its ranks which would then lead to proposing firm measures that would challenge the rise of this repugnant form of racism on every single level. The party must demonstrate its commitment that Islamophobia is as despicable as any other form of prejudice and discrimination, including antisemitism and racism.
Anas Altikriti, President of MAB stated: “Whilst many from within the party rightly criticised the former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s article in which he described women who choose to wear the face veil in the most despicable and reprehensible terms, it would be a great mistake not to see this as one more episode in a long-running and persistent saga affecting the Conservatives.”
Muslim Association of Britain
8th August, 2018