Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister spoke bluntly about how it feels being a Muslim in contemporary British society in which those of his faith are treated as second class citizens. Shahid Malik said, “I think mot people would agree that if you ask Muslims today what do they feel like, they feel like the Jews of Europe.” He made clear the reference in no way compared anti-Muslim actions with the Holocaust. He was discussing emotional feelings on the part of Muslims to being in a society that is quick to equate them with terrorism or with supporting terrorist actions. “Somehow, there is a message out there that it’s OK to target people as long as it’s Muslims.” The British cabinet minister had his car firebombed and he was nearly run over while in a petrol station.
There is no doubt a significant percent of the British people believe Muslims are somehow responsible for the 2005 attacks which killed several people in London. Crazy inaccurate rumors are spread such as requirements in hospitals to move the beds of Muslim patients five times daily so they can face Mecca. There is need for considerable education about the Muslim religion for the average British citizen.