Dear Brothers, Sisters, Friends & Colleagues,
May the Peace and Blessings of God be Upon You.
London is one of the largest cities in the World with a Muslim population in excess of 800,000 people.
The stakes for Muslims in London could not be higher. Polls show Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson almost neck and neck, it's going to be a very close race. Every vote matters. Ken Livingstone, the current Mayor, has been a longstanding friend and champion of ethnic communities, diversity, dialogue and religious freedom. The contesting conservative candidate Mr Johnson, who was recently endorsed by the British National Party (BNP), has persistently expressed views undermining community cohesion and harmony by insulting minority communities and attacking Islam in the press and print media.
On May 1st some 300,000 eligible Muslim Londoners can exercise their democratic choice, this will undoubtedly be a historic and unique demonstration of our unity and representation, Insha'Allah.
The choice is clear. Make your voice heard.
The British Muslim Initiative and the Muslim Directory urges all Londoners not to split their vote and choose Ken Livingstone as their 1st Option on the ballot paper for Mayor on May 1st.
If you are in London then please pass this email on to your friends and family to get them to vote. If you are outside London, then forward this to any friends or family that you know of in London.
Ken Livingstone will be having a Question and Answer session in the Library at the Regent's Park Mosque (Islamic Cultural Centre), 146 Park Road, London NW8 7RG at 5pm on Thursday 24th April 2008 - all welcome.
5 REASONS TO VOTE FOR KEN LIVINGSTONE
1. LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF MUSLIMS; CAMPAIGNER AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA
"The attack on Muslims threatens freedoms for all of us. Every person who values their right to follow the religion of their choice or none should stand with the Muslim communities today." The Guardian, 20th November 2006
2. SUPPORTS AND CELEBRATES DIVERSITY & MULTICULTURALISM IN LONDON
"I am proud of London's reputation as the most diverse city in the world where the contribution of all communities is celebrated"
3. OPPOSED THE WAR IN IRAQ
"It is evident that the war in Iraq was not justified. It has made the situation worse. The illusions with which it was launched are collapsing."
4. STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIANS
"The hypocrisy towards the Palestinian people is breathtaking. Repeated United Nations resolutions against the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands are not implemented and horrendous crimes against innocent civilians are systematically ignored. Without justice for Palestine, there will be no lasting settlement in the Middle East."
5. CAMPAIGNER AGAINST RACISM
"All racist and anti-Semitic attacks must be stamped out. However, the reality is that the great bulk of racist attacks in Europe today are on black people, Asians and Muslims - and they are the primary targets of the extreme right."
5 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR BORIS JOHNSON
1. INSULTS ISLAM & MUSLIMS
"To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia seems a natural reaction.. . Judged purely on its scripture - to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques - it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions." (Spectator 16th July 2005)
The proposed ban on incitement to "religious hatred" makes no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself." (Telegraph 21/07/2005)
"Islam will only be truly acculturated to our way of life when you could expect a Bradford audience to roll in the aisles at Monty Python's Life of Mohammed." (Telegraph 21/07/2005)
2. HOLDS RACIST VIEWS
Referred to black people as 'picaninnies' 'with watermelon smiles' (Daily Telegraph, 10/01/02)
In addition, the BNP have told their supporters to give him the 2nd vote on the Mayoral ballot paper - shows how close they think his policies are to them!
3. FANATICALLY SUPPORTED THE WAR ON IRAQ & CAMPAIGNED FOR GEORGE W BUSH
If we know the Pentagon, there must be a very good chance that this will be an outstandingly successful and stress-free war."
4. STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL
"If I were an Israeli, I would be astounded that any member of the British Government or Opposition felt able to criticise Israel at all." (The Telegraph, 03/08/2006)
"If we were Israelis... we would dispatch an American-built ground-assault helicopter and blow the place to bits. Then we would send in bulldozers to scraape over the remains, and we would do the same to all the other houses in the area... After decades of deranged attacks the Israelis have come to the conclusion that this is the best way to deter Palestinian families from nurturing these vipers in their bosoms, and also the best way of explaining to the death-hungry narcissists that they may get the 72 black-eyed virgins of scripture, but their family gets the bulldozer." (The Spectator, 16th July 2005)
5. MOCKS DIVERSITY & TOLERANCE
"We must begin the re-Britannification of Britain"
The British Muslim Initiative and the Muslim Directory urges all Londoners not to split their vote and choose Ken Livingstone as their 1st Option on the ballot paper for Mayor on May 1st
Useful Campaign Links:
Islam & Voting (Our esteemed Ulema and Scholarship from all schools of thought and backgrounds have confirmed that our community is obliged to ward off any harm which it can clearly see approaching): www.muslimdirectory.co.uk/viewarticle.php?id=261
Muslims For Ken Blog: http://www.muslimsforken.blogspot.com
British Muslim Initiative: www.bminitiative.net
Muslim Directory: www.muslimdirectory.co.uk
Contact us if you would like to get involved in leafleting and raising awareness in your local area:
Call 020 8840 4840
British Muslim Initiative