Dear Rt Hon Pickles and Lord Ahmad,
Peace be upon you too, or, Waalaykum Asalam.
Thank you for your letter to Muslims living in Britain.
In this difficult climate, where violence and extremism has been testing bonds of inter-communal harmony and tolerance, your letter reaching out to us means a lot. In particular, we appreciate that you acknowledge that “acts of extremism are not representative of Islam”. We also wholeheartedly agree that “there is more work to do” and that “integration and radicalisation cannot be solved from Whitehall alone. Strong community-based leadership at a local level is needed”.