Thursday, October 26, 2006

Muslims Annoyed with Eid Card

Andrew Smith MP sent 2,000 cards to Muslim constituents for the end of Eid. Obviously he is trying to gain support from the community, in the same way as politicians send special greetings to Jews during their festivals and Christmas cards etc.

However, the card has annoyed Taj Hargey, chairman of the Muslim Education Centre of Oxford. In one article from the local newspaper he is quoted as saying, "It's a naked attempt to curry favour with the Muslim voters in east Oxford."

In the column of today's paper it is revealed that he sent his back with a "vitriolic letter". In it he told the MP, "The good wishes of friends, neighbours and colleagues for Muslim festivals are normally highly valued and appreciated. But you are not any of these things to me. In fact, I find it totally repugnant."