I can’t be entirely sure but I remember that I took a part in the survey about the image of Islam in UK last year. There are tens of questions I had to answer and I was surprised to find out that even I have a negative image about Islam myself, both in UK and in my country of Indonesia. I have forgotten about this until I read the article in Skynews:
According to Wikipedia, “today Islam is the second largest religion in all four countries of the UK with recent estimates suggesting a total Muslim population as high as 2.4 million,mostly due to considerable immigration from former colonies from the 1950s.” So unfortunately, the prominent image of Islam in UK is blurred with the culture and traditions from such countries, like Pakistan (forced – or arranged – marriage, for example, is still commonly applied in the British Pakistani community and is a widespread problem). Not to mention that following the terrorist attacks on London in 2005 and the attempted attack on Glasgow airport in 2007, there has been an anti-Islamic feeling in some parts of Britain.
The Inspiring By Muhammad website looks colourful, young, and friendly. It covers several important topics like social justice, women’s rights, charity, education, even animal welfare. The website also explores in detail about the Prophet Muhammad.
This is a movement that I have been waiting for so long. Islam has been slapped with bad publicity for decades and desperately needs a balanced, positive PR. I just wish that Indonesia as the largest muslim nation in the world can follow the act. It would be much better rather than ranting in twitter and collecting ‘millions of virtual fans’ in Facebook , no?