19th September 2014
The result of Scottish Referendum is before us, with 55% of voters opting to stay within the United Kingdom. The referendum witnessed a historic turnout of over 85% of the electorate, with large numbers of Scottish Muslims participating in the vote, and in the campaigns prior to the Referendum.
Welcoming the result, Dr Javed Gill of the Muslim Council of Scotland said: “This was, in the words of the First Minister Alex Salmond, ‘a great festival of democracy’. And I am so glad that Scottish Muslims played their part with so much enthusiasm. Muslims were involved in both the Yes and No campaigns, and Scottish mosques and Muslim associations played their part in hosting debates and hustings for both sides. We are mindful that there were strong passions during this debate, and a strong interest in the political life of our country, particularly amongst our young people. It is important that we keep that spirit alive in the months and years to come. As our politicians decide how best to devolve more power to Scotland, they need no reminding of the pledge they have made to make politics more relevant to all of the people of the United Kingdom.”
Dr Shuja Shafi of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “The results of the referendum vote demonstrates to many of us the importance of unity and civic participation. We can all learn from our fellow citizens in Scotland who have placed so much faith in the democratic process. We were impressed to see so many young Scottish Muslims play their part in the referendum. They are an example to all of us of the need to get involved in politics. For the sake of all of our young people, I hope our political leaders make good their promise to reform our democracy and ensure that politics is not left to a privileged few in the Westminster village.”