Around this time of the year, my mum, Jena, a devout Shia Muslim, who died last year, would ask to be taken to see the Christmas lights in town, and when dropped off back home would entreat in Kutchi, our home language: "Say something nice in your newspaper article, time for that. It's their Christmas. Don't make people upset. This is a good country for us, you know." I can hear her mellow voice today, and do as she bid. For in many ways, she is right. This is a good country for us and we Muslims don't say that often enough. Mea culpa.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Yasmin: Muslims Have Much to Thank Britain For
I know that to many of you the very mention of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's name brings on a fit of the vapours. Well, read her COLUMN in today's Independent and you might, just this once, find a redeeming factor in her writing. It's headlined "Muslims have much to thank Britain for". Here's how it starts...