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British Muslims for Secular Democracy
||Nasreen Rehman and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
British Muslims for Secular Democracy is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting secularism in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 2006 by Nasreen Rehman and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The group believes the diversity of views among British Muslims is not adequately represented to wider British society and that their image is distorted. The organization is a one of the growing number of feminist and progressive Muslim organizations.
The organisation says it aims to:
- Challenge those who have a vested interest in promoting the 'clash of civilizations' narrative. They claim that these include some Muslim leaders and prominent white commentators.
- Highlight the rights of Muslims who are marginalised because of their inability to cope with or succeed within the system.
- Encourage British Muslim men and women to recognise the contributions they have made to Britain.
- Enable Muslims to become more aware of their autonomous rights and question Muslim leaders who set themselves up as 'representatives' or ‘experts’.
- Work with other global progressive Muslims opposing Saudi influenced Salafism and its offshoots.
- Challenge the ill-informed and politicised nature of the state's intervention in the organisation of religious life in this country and the influence faith based groups now have on public policies.
- Object to government policies that curtail civil liberties using the prevailing sense of fear of terrorism.
- Work with young Muslims and try to win over their hearts and minds, so they espouse the quiet and compassionate Islam practised by Muslims through generations.
- Mona Bauwens (Vice Chair)
- Tehmina Kazi, Director (since May 2009)
- Hanif Abdulmuhit, Head of Operations (since January 2014)