Bismillah. I’ve just sent this letter to the ES.
With the Name of God
Peyvand Khorsandi is right to highlight Iran’s appalling human rights record. But there was no need for his inaccurate and gratuitously-offensive description of Islamic worship as “rolling around on the floor of a mosque.” Would ES have printed something similar about any other religion? Muslim Londoners, who constitute 8-10% of our great city’s population, expect better.
And how can a columnist mention Gaza whilst ignoring the fact that it is effectively one big prison camp, as David Cameron put it, or concentration camp, as others describe it?
Khorsandi’s article, sadly, neatly encapsulates the current Muslim dilemma: we are caught between extremism and fanaticism of both the religious and secularist variety. May God give us the courage to get the balance right!
Dr. Usama Hasan