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Muslim Action Guide

Take action

1) Get Political

Use your vote intelligently. When elections are approaching find out which candidate best represents your interests (but don’t waste your vote on somebody with no chance of winning). Check the website www.theyworkforyou.com for information about your MP.

Lobby your MP: Write to your local MP about issues you care about, or better still arrange a meeting with them. Don’t forget you can also contact your local councillor, regional assembly members and MEPs and write to government ministers and the PM directly. They work for you.

Join a political party: As a member you can vote to select candidates before they become MPs and you have opportunities to influence party policy. Membership doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything the leader says, but it does give you the chance to change things for the better. Don’t just complain from the sidelines, become a decision maker within the parties of power and make sure Muslim voices are heard. Join online now: Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats.

2) Get Media Savvy

Lobby the media: If you see negative, inflammatory and biased media coverage against Muslims then don’t just shout at the TV – make a complaint! Equally make sure you encourage the media to show Islam fairly by thanking them for positive programmes and articles or even suggesting ideas for programmes.
E.g. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Press Complaints Commission; search online for other media contact details.

Engage with the media. Comment online, call, text or email in with your opinion, particularly when requested. Also write letters for publication to newspapers and vote in media opinion polls. If they are running a debate after the programme and give you the website details, participate in those debates. Always ensure the Muslim perspective is represented. If you will not speak up, who will on your behalf?

3) Get Active

Make a difference through your career. Why not join one of the many influential professions where Muslims are under-represented? Media, politics, the civil service, local government, academia, law, the corporate world, the police and so on... Encourage young Muslims to consider these options. Push to gain positions of influence in your careers so you can help stand up for justice. And get active in your professional body/ trade union or get involved in student politics.

Volunteer: Become a School Governor, a magistrate, a volunteer police officer etc. In doing so you can serve your community and can also ensure the Muslim viewpoint is represented within these institutions.

Speak to non-Muslim friends and colleagues about Islam and Muslim issues, not to ‘convert them’ but to clear their misconceptions. Explain the Muslim perspective to them; expose the double-standards at work. Use social networking, online forums, etc. Also, you must read, gain knowledge, open your mind. How can you be an advocate for Islam and the Ummah if you lack knowledge? For example take a look at our recommended books and follow a range of alternative news sources for a balanced understanding of the world.

Be an ethical consumer and support targeted boycotts. Boycott Israeli goods and make sure you let businesses know why you are not buying their products. Keep it simple – long lists of companies to boycott become counterproductive, but if it says 'Product of Israel', then put it back.

4) Activate Your Community

Spread the Message. Don’t try and change the world by yourself – spread the word to your friends, family and contacts to take action together. Use text, email and social networking and don’t forget to actually speak to people too.

Help get our Mosques and Muslim groups active. Mosques, ISOCs and other Muslim groups can reach thousands of Muslims and give them the knowledge to take action and make a difference through coordinated action. See MPACUK’s 15 point plan for active Mosques. Mosques shouldn't be passive prayer halls.

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