Conservative Home Publishes Apology to Sir Iqbal Sacranie for Paul Goodman’s Smear

 As predicted here two days ago, Conservative Home have today published a formal apology to Sir Iqbal Sacranie for the slanderous accusations against him made by their Executive Editor, Paul Goodman.

Here is the apology in full:

Sir Iqbal Sacranie

In a Diary post by Paul Goodman (“Pickles and Warsi wrestle for control of Government strategy on anti-Muslim hatred”, 19 November) we repeated in good faith a statement wrongly reported elsewhere that Sir Iqbal Sacranie is a trustee of Union of Good, an organisation which has been listed by the US Treasury as a Special Designated Global Terrorist group.  We also suggested (wrongly) that it was possible that, as a result of this association, the UK government had rejected Sir Iqbal as a possible candidate for membership of the Muslim Leadership Council (MLC).

We now understand that in fact Sir Iqbal is not, and never has been, a trustee of Union of Good.  We also accept Sir Iqbal’s assurance that while he was approached with a view to participating in the MLC initiative, he declined to do so.  He was not on the list of individuals that was put forward and was not rejected by the government as we had suggested.

We are sorry for any embarrassment caused to Sir Iqbal by our Diary post.

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5 Responses to Conservative Home Publishes Apology to Sir Iqbal Sacranie for Paul Goodman’s Smear

  1. Brendan says:

    I’m glad this has happened. I remember SIS being refused entry to the USA (on arrival) because of ‘security issues’ and thinking how over the top and unjust it was. He is a very likeable and endearing chap who like all of us makes mistakes and said things he probably regrets. I recall him being interviewed about hate mail sent to the MCB, he read one letter out, and he looked so visibly upset and distressed it was hard not to be moved, on another occasion he was punched in the face by some Muslims in his offices but acted with great dignity and humility. I wish him well

  2. Hasan says:

    “He is a very likeable and endearing chap”

    Likeable chap? Are you kidding? Isn’t Sacranie the one who said Ahmadis don’t have a right to call their mosques, mosques? If this sort of oppressive mindset is likeable then I pity those who like him.

  3. Hasan: I have known Iqbal for many years and he is without question one of the most honourable and decent Muslims I have had the pleasure of knowing. A true community worker with an amazing work ethic. As for the Ahmadis, they are not Muslims according to the overwhelming majority of Muslim scholars. That does not, of course, automatically mean that the Muslim scholars are correct, however, on this issue I do agree with them. My own view is that the Ahmadis should have the right to call their places of worship whatever they wish, though I personally would not describe them as mosques, but as Ahmadi places of worship.

  4. Hasan says:

    Hang on a second. When Sacranie says Ahmadis don’t have the right to express themselves and of religious freedom as they describe their religion, which is allowed under UK law sadly for Sacranie, and that its Sacranie who will decide what Ahmadis can say or not say then it makes him someone who does not agree with UK laws of religious freedom and freedom of expression. That also makes him a bigot and someone who believes in apartheid.

    Shame that has was Knighted. He does not represent British values of freedom.

  5. “When Sacranie says Ahmadis don’t have the right to express themselves and of religious freedom as they describe their religion…”

    Where did Iqbal say that the Ahmadis don’t have the right to express themselves etc? He clearly (and correctly in my view) believes that the Ahmadis are not Muslims due to their acceptance of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet and a messiah. He also believes it is wrong and misleading to describe Ahmadi places of worship as mosques because mosques are the places of worship of Muslims.

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