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Dr Shuja Shafi responds,

The picture Mr Phillips paints of this poll on what British Muslims think is one we do not recognise. Many British Muslims will find it bemusing that commentators and the media have constantly tried and failed to paint a picture of British Muslims at odds with the rest of the country. Yet we are proud Brits who contribute to this country. Our role models are Moeen Ali, Nadiya Hussain and Mo Farah. They are all inspired by our common faith, and they are joined by thousands around the country who break bread with fellow neighbours, give to charity and reach out to Britons around them. While we await to study the full poll findings, we note from the evidence revealed so far is not compared to other faith communities. We are aware of polls where conservatives of other faiths hold similar views. To single out Muslims in this study may be deemed as ‘courageous’ by the establishment, but in our view it will do nothing but harden attitudes on all sides.”

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