Compiled by: Umar Azam
Manchester, England, UK
Why did I write this book?
Firstly, in Britain today there are about 1-11/2 million Muslims — it is therefore imperative for white Britons* to know something about their religion, which has here been presented in a more interesting way than in other textbooks. Moreover, and this is related to the first point, some white Britons are unnecessarily ideologically suspicious of British Muslims — this may be due to ignorance. Finally, many white Britons are puzzled by the different customs and values of these British Muslims — this book will locate the origin and nature of these.
I am grateful to Diwan Press, Norwich; Sh. Mohammed Ashraf (Publishers); the Dini Book Depot; the Liberal Arts Press Inc. and the Islamic Foundation for kind permission to reproduce copyright material.
* The distinction between white Britons and (brown) British Muslims is a temporary functional one, for the sake of discussion in this book. (There are many white Muslims from the English population in Britain today).
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