08 Mar 2007
After persistent reports of forced conversions of British Hindu and Sikh girls to Islam, the Muslim Council of Britain calls upon all concerned to publicise their evidence and hand it to the police authorities immediately.
‘These allegations are not new. What is deeply worrying however is the continuing absence of any actual substantive evidence to corroborate them. We believe it is high time that the plaintiffs supply their evidence to the police and relevant authorities,’ said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of the MCB.
If these reports prove to be true the MCB would unreservedly condemn the practice of forced conversion as it goes against a fundamental tenet of our religion – there is no compulsion in matters of faith.
Dr Abdul Bari said, ‘The MCB is fully prepared to co-operate with its Hindu and Sikh counterparts and the police to get to the root of these allegations and to ensure that the religious rights, freedom and dignity of all are respected. In the absence of any hard evidence of forced conversions though, many British Muslims will suspect that this is an underhand attempt to smear them. People from all faiths and none should have the right to convert to other faiths if they so wish.’[ENDS]