PROMINENT members of the Muslim community in Burton have urged people to ‘ignore’ leaflets being posted through letterboxes urging them not to vote in next week’s European elections.
Shaid Hussain spoke out after learning that dozens of homes in the Anglesey Road area of the town had been receiving the literature dubbed ‘What Does Islam Say?’.
The leaflet states that ‘our message is very clear for all, we do not recognise the legality of the man-made system’ which will see MEPs elected on May 22.
Mr Hussain, speaking on behalf of the Muslim community in the town, urged anyone who had received a leaflet to ignore it and classed it as ‘nothing more than junk mail’.
He said: “I would like to reassure people that these leaflets are the result of a minority and do not represent the views of 99.9 per cent of Muslims in Burton.
“We take our roles in democracy and the voting process very seriously and do not agree with the statements that have been printed on these leaflets.
“People have a choice on whether to vote or not and we back that choice.
“Yes, there might be things that people disagree on, such as regarding alcohol, but that should come down to a person’s own religious beliefs, thoughts and opinions and not what is printed on a leaflet.
“We would urge people to ignore what it says and class it as junk mail.”