In response to my post yesterday detailing how British Muslims for Secular Democracy and the British Muslim Forum have come out – in contrast with most mainstream Islamic organisations in the UK – in support of the government’s ridiculous ban on the popular Muslim speaker Zakir Naik, I have received several emails asking me if I know more about who the BMF are.
Well, they are not exactly the most active of groups. Just take a look at their website which does not appear to have been updated for almost six months despite claiming to be the ‘voice of traditional Sunnis’. The last time the BMF came to notice was almost two years ago when the Labour government was planning to extend the period of detention without charge for terror suspects from 28 days to 42 days. The plan was opposed by all mainstream Islamic groups and civil liberties groups. Well, all except for one. Yes, you guessed correctly. The BMF’s then Chairman, Khurshid Ahmed, came out in favour of the government’s plans and was praised in The Sun which glowingly described him as ‘Britain’s top Muslim’.