I’ve always liked Jasmin Alibhai-Brown, even when I don’t agree with her. Her article in today’s Independent on the reality of life for Muslims in the UK makes great reading.
Around this time of the year, my mum, Jena, a devout Shia Muslim, who died last year, would ask to be taken to see the Christmas lights in town, and when dropped off back home would entreat in Kutchi, our home language: “Say something nice in your newspaper article, time for that. It’s their Christmas. Don’t make people upset. This is a good country for us, you know.”
I can hear her mellow voice today, and do as she bid. For in many ways, she is right. This is a good country for us and we Muslims don’t say that often enough. Mea culpa.