It is not what Islam stands for but how it is projected that leaves a lasting impression on the mind. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, Islam has been projected by the fundamentalists not as a religion of compassion, justice and equality, but as an emblem of defiance, intolerance and militancy. What makes the situation worse is the reluctance, or the inability, of liberal-minded Muslims to counteract that negative image.
Islamic fundamentalists hold sway not only in mosques but also in many British universities, where recently a militant Islamic organisation has been banned for carrying out anti-Semitic activities.
Instead of blaming the Western media for misinterpreting Islam and Islamic symbols, such as the Muslim veil, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown would do well to ask liberal-minded Muslims to stand up and be counted. A step in the right direction might be for the Muslim parliament in London to pass a resolution condemning the violent activities of Islamic fundamentalists worldwide.
Yours faithfully, RANDHIR SINGH BAINS Gants Hill, EssexReuse content