JEWEL OF MEDINA NOVEL IS PUBLISHED – AUTHOR CONTACTS RAMADHAN FOUNDATION
Following the publication today in the US and soon in the UK of the
Jewel of Medina the author Sherry Jones has contacted the Ramadhan
Foundation setting out her views on this issue and the problems we face
in relation to publication. The Foundation has always been open to
debate and dialogue and by this engagement we are keen to ensure that
despite strong differences we should always choose dialogue and peaceful
We still oppose the publication of this novel and urge all people of
faith around the world to come together and stop our faiths being
denigrated in this disgusting way.
Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Foundation comments:
“I can confirm that this week that the author of the Jewel of Medina
Sherry Jones has contacted the Ramadhan Foundation about our campaign
against her novel and has made representations, I welcome this dialogue
with her as an opportunity to ensure that we continue to discuss why we
strongly oppose her novel and let her know the hurt she is causing
Denigrating figures and symbols of faith is not acceptable and we should
all come together, trying to use freedom of speech as an excuse to hide
hatred for Islam is cheap and obvious.
I urge Muslims to remain calm and ensure that we campaign peacefully
against this novel”
Notes for editors
Ramadhan Foundation is the UK's leading Muslim youth organisation that
is working for peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all communities.
in Greater Manchester and working to also establish the platform for
human unity amongst our communities in the UK.
Shafiq is the Chief Executive of the Foundation, aged 29 and active
campaigning for a positive image of Islam and Muslims in the UK.