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Hundreds at mosque make feelings clear on election leaflets

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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LEAFLETS that were posted through letterboxes in Burton urging Muslims not to vote in the upcoming European elections were condemned by more than 500 people at a mosque in the town.

The issue, which was reported by the Mail on Thursday, was a topic of discussion during Friday prayers at the Princess Street mosque, where it was made abundantly clear that the vast majority of Burton’s Muslim community did not agree with the leaflet’s message.

Dozens of homes in the Anglesey Road area were targeted by the propaganda, entitled ‘What Does Islam Say?’ in response to Thursday’s European elections, when many people in the town will be heading to cast their vote at the ballot box.

Followers of the faith were instructed not to recognise the ‘legality of the man-made system which will see MEPs elected’, but many in the community quickly distanced themselves from the flyers.

Mosque leaders used Friday prayers to address the town’s Muslim community, who were in widespread agreement that the message did not reflect the feelings of the majority.

Abdul Hafiz, a member of the Princess Street mosque, told the Mail: “They were condemned by no fewer than 500 people.

“The imam chose it as one of his issues of the week during Friday prayers and they were strongly condemned by everyone there.

“We don’t know who these people are anyway. At this time of year (run up to elections) there always seems to be a small group doing this sort of thing.

“But it is just a hidden agenda, we do not agree with it.”

Community leader Shaid Hussain advised fellow Muslims to ignore the leaflets.

He said: “People have a choice on whether to vote or not and we back that choice.

“We would urge people to ignore what it says and class it as junk mail.”

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