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Embargo: Immediate Tuesday 28th August 2012 23:00

 

 

CHANNEL 4 SHOULD BE CONDEMNED - "ISLAM UNTOLD STORY"

 

Published: Tuesday 28th August 2012 23:00

 

Mr. Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation comments:

 

“I strongly condemn Channel 4's documentary tonight titled "Islam, untold story" which makes a mockery of impartial and objective broadcasting. This distorted, biased programme did not have the decency to check its facts and has broadcast lies. I am disappointed that an international broadcaster like Channel 4 has behaved in unbelievable way.

 

There are thousands of Muslims scholars across the globe including many in locations where Tom Holland visited during the programme but he did not see fit to speak to them and therefore I draw the conclusion he did not want the real truth but wanted to promote his utter rubbish.

 

For instance he said Mecca was never mentioned in the Holy Quran, but in reality it is mentioned two times; Al- Azhab Chapter 33 Verse 6, Al Fath Chapter 48 Verse 24. There is also a mention of the Kaaba and Sacred Mecca Mosque in the Quran in Surah Al Isra Chapter 17 verse 1. A simple search would have produced this but his desire to distort Islam blinded him to objectivity and honesty. He featured evidence from a number of University Professors who happened not to be Muslim when he could have gone to any Muslim Scholar and asked his questions and would have got the answers.

 

I have asked several senior Muslims Scholars in the United Kingdom to watch the programme and identify all the inaccuracies which we will forward to relevant authorities for action as detailed in our complaints.

 

There is a desire amongst some people trying to change or discredit Islam whether its politicians, commentators or broadcasters like Channel 4. The British Muslim community will not allow Channel 4 to distort our faith and our history.

 

The Ramadhan Foundation calls on Channel 4 to apologise for this programme, withdraw it from online viewing and also order an immediate inquiry into why this was allowed to be broadcast. How many Muslims Scholars, community leaders were given a copy of this programme before transmission? Whether historic facts in relation to Islam were verified by the presenter and who his sources were.

 

The Ramadhan Foundation has complained to Channel 4 and also Ofcom in this matter and hope it will be addressed promptly and extensively

 

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  1. The Ramadhan Foundation is a leading Muslim organisation in the UK that is working for peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all communities.
  2. The Ramadhan Foundation has complained to Channel 4 and also Ofcom, to complain to Channel 4 - www.channel4.com/4viewers/contact-us and to Ofcom - www.ofcom.org.uk  
  3. Based in Greater Manchester and working to also establish the platform for human unity amongst our communities in the UK
  4. Mohammed Shafiq is 33, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a regular contributor on TV, Radio, Online and also newspaper columnist

Mr. Mohammed Shafiq

Chief Executive

Ramadhan Foundation

 

07989 764624

Mohammed.shafiq@ramadhanfoundation.com

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