British Muslim Initiative

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British Muslim Initiative (BMI) is a British based Muslim organisation that describes itself as seeking "to fight racism and Islamaphobia, combat the challenges Muslims face around the world, encourage Muslim participation in British public life, and improve relations between the West and the Muslim world",[1] and which "aims to provide a platform from which issues of concern to British Muslims, particularly those of a political nature, can be researched, analysed and highlighted."[2] It has been described as affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.[3]

In 2010, Muhammad Sawalha was the president of BMI.[4] Anas Al Tikriti was reported to be the leader[5] or spokesman of the BMI in 2013.[5][6]

The Initiative was formed in 2007 by former leaders in the Muslim Association of Britain, Sawalha, Azzam Tamimi, and Al Tikriti.[3] The group was founded as a "result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement" in British politics with the Green Party and Respect Party, "while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue."[5] The organisation was set up by Daud Abdullah.[7]


  1. ^ "About BMI". British Muslim Initiative. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ "British Muslim Initiative, about". Facebook. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Barry Rubin (ed.). The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist. Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. ^ Hattenstone, Simon; Matthew Taylor (12 March 2010). "Sent to jail for throwing a single bottle". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Muslim Association of Britain". Global MB Daily Watch. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Muslim Brotherhood Leader Meets Obama in White House". February 5, 2014. Free Beacon. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ Gilligan, Andrew (2015-02-08). "How the Muslim Brotherhood fits into a network of extremism". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-02-19.