Muslim spokesman backs PM’S Christian message
THE secretary of a city mosque has welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement that the UK is a Christian country, after the message was criticised over the weekend.
Ansar Ali, secretary of the Ghosia Mosque, in Gladstone Street, spoke out in support of David Cameron’s belief and said the Muslim community of Peterborough understood that they live in a Christian country.
Mr Cameron made the claims during a speech to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, when he staunchly defended the role of religion in British politics and general values.
Mr Ali said: “Muslims in Peterborough will welcome the announcement. We have no problem that Britain is a Christan country.
“The Bible is a very positive thing and Christianity has a lot in common with other religions such as Islam and Judaism. For the Muslim community it is definitely welcomed.
“The moral decay we are facing leads a lot of right thinking people to the believe that if faith was at the heart of the community it would encourage love for each other.
“That is a very important message in a multicultural city like Peter- borough, and it is something we as a Mosque certainly agree with. The Muslim community puts a lot of emphasis on faith and the message of the Bible is the same as the Qur’an – we have the same feelings.”
During his speech, the Prime Minister said it was wrong to suggest that standing up for Christianity was “somehow doing down other faiths”.