With reference to the BBC's Panorama programme televised on 22nd November 2010 titled ‘British Schools, Islamic Rules’, the MINAB leadership having received views from its large membership, wishes to place the following on record:

“ The programme makers, by sensationalising an important subject and presenting core issues in a heavily biased manner, did great damage to the standing of the BBC as a public funded media. Most of the allegations made in the programme lacked cogent evidence and were driven by an agenda of Muslim bashing.

If, as was alleged by the programme, a few Islamic schools in the country are using educational material that promotes uncontextualised interpretation of certain verses in the Holy Qur’an, the MINAB strongly encourages such schools to fall in line with what is taught in the overwhelming majority of Islamic schools – respect and better understanding of other faiths. Abuse of Jews or those who do not follow Islam is completely against the letter and spirit of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and MINAB is committed to working in partnership with others to eradicate faith based hate. We are determined to promote values of tolerance and respect in discourse as well as conduct by ensuring that tools and materials used in our schools fully accord with our rich and diverse faith and non-faith communities in the UK.”

Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board said: “The programme did not present any evidence that MINAB’s 600 plus membership of Mosques and Islamic Educational/Training Institutes use educational materials that promote hatred of others or seek segregation. I should like to take this opportunity though to remind all our membership to remain vigilant and to regularly review materials that are used so as to ensure that we remain true to the letter and spirit of Islam.  We are pleased to note that the vast majority of Muslim schools work tirelessly for and secure impressive results in promoting and cherishing pluralism and cohesion. If there is evidence that points to the contrary in respect of any member of the MINAB, we shall deal with such evidence in a decisive and fair manner.”