Muslims launch British values bus campaign in Bristol

The Ahmadiyya Muslim association in Bristol launches its bus campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim association in Bristol launches its bus campaign

First published in News

SOUTH Gloucestershire buses are to feature a new advertising campaign promoting a Muslim group’s British values.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim association in Bristol has launched the positive drive to promote the values of loyalty, freedom, equality, respect and peace, which its says are common to Islam and Britain.

Muhammad Noman, regional president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community South West, said: “There remains a concern about Islam especially in light of events in other countries carried out by Jihadist groups. We certainly believe in Jihad – but the true concept of Jihad is one of self-reformation and not of harming others.

“A true Muslim can never raise his voice in hatred against his fellow citizens, nor for that matter against the ruling authority or government of the time. He should remain loyal and fully abide by the laws of the land of which he is a subject.”

A launch ceremony was held for distinguished guests from all walks of life at the Holiday Inn Hotel Bristol.

Mr Noman added: "The true peaceful Islam is poles apart from the exclusion and hatred that is preached by a minority.

“Such extremists do not represent Islam, yet, through the media, their words and deeds have a damaging impact on Muslims and non?Muslims every day.

By emphasising the values highlighted in our campaign we hope to facilitate a better understanding of Islam so that people are able to judge for themselves the actions of those who claim to speak and act in its good name. Islam stresses the promotion of peace in words and deeds.”

The bus campaign is part of a wider series of activities to mark 125 years of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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5:08pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Thornburyboy says...

Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jew and countless other faiths as well as people of no faith do not find it necessary to advertise their adherence to decency and tolerance. Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lybia, Nigeria, etc etc demonstrate the bona fides of Islam and a couple of advertisements on buses in the West Country seems unlikely to dent the image created by observation if Islamic States throughout the World.
Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jew and countless other faiths as well as people of no faith do not find it necessary to advertise their adherence to decency and tolerance. Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lybia, Nigeria, etc etc demonstrate the bona fides of Islam and a couple of advertisements on buses in the West Country seems unlikely to dent the image created by observation if Islamic States throughout the World. Thornburyboy
  • Score: -3

6:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Cuthbert Thickett says...

You may be right Tbb, but all we seem to see in the news these days are stories of Islamic fundamentalists, war and Jihad. Isn't it very pleasing, reassuring even to see a Muslim group promoting decent values, peace and harmony. Good luck to the Ahmadiyya community, I hope your message reaches far and wide within the whole community.
You may be right Tbb, but all we seem to see in the news these days are stories of Islamic fundamentalists, war and Jihad. Isn't it very pleasing, reassuring even to see a Muslim group promoting decent values, peace and harmony. Good luck to the Ahmadiyya community, I hope your message reaches far and wide within the whole community. Cuthbert Thickett
  • Score: 12

3:00pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

I have to agree with you Cuthbert Thickett and it is reassuring to see this but I have doubts about it's effectiveness. Now if we could see a worldwide demonstration by the muslim communities turning over the guilty ones to the authorities it might just bring their values into reality and stop the unnecessary bloodshed of innocent people on both sides. Until they stop their own then then by seemingly doing nothing positive in this way they are seen by many to be condoning the terrorist activity. A response by a member of the muslim community would be welcome. It is difficult to 'love' your neighbour when these terrible atrocities are being carried out and their leaders should be far more vocal about it and do so worldwide.
I have to agree with you Cuthbert Thickett and it is reassuring to see this but I have doubts about it's effectiveness. Now if we could see a worldwide demonstration by the muslim communities turning over the guilty ones to the authorities it might just bring their values into reality and stop the unnecessary bloodshed of innocent people on both sides. Until they stop their own then then by seemingly doing nothing positive in this way they are seen by many to be condoning the terrorist activity. A response by a member of the muslim community would be welcome. It is difficult to 'love' your neighbour when these terrible atrocities are being carried out and their leaders should be far more vocal about it and do so worldwide. Freda Piles
  • Score: 5

1:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

flattop72 says...

Isn't it a sad state of affairs when a group has to advertise to tell the world "we're alright really" purely because the press concentrate on the negative all the time. If the bad stuff was given less air time the perpetrators might not bother quite so determinedly.
Isn't it a sad state of affairs when a group has to advertise to tell the world "we're alright really" purely because the press concentrate on the negative all the time. If the bad stuff was given less air time the perpetrators might not bother quite so determinedly. flattop72
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

Yes flattop72, you have a point but let's see the Muslims community and clerics do something more as it is their religion being brought into disrepute by a minority and this campaign is a start. If anyone of the muslim community knows of any plan for an atrocity to be carried out then let's see them act responsibly whether a cleric or not.
Yes flattop72, you have a point but let's see the Muslims community and clerics do something more as it is their religion being brought into disrepute by a minority and this campaign is a start. If anyone of the muslim community knows of any plan for an atrocity to be carried out then let's see them act responsibly whether a cleric or not. Freda Piles
  • Score: 0

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