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Muslims and Christians hold pro life conference

29 January 2007

Muslims and Christians hold pro-life conference London, 29 January 2007 - The Indian Muslim Welfare Society and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) held a Muslim-Christian conference at the Al-Hickmah Centre in Batley, West Yorkshire, on Saturday 27 January. It was attended by some 70 people, both men and women. They included the Bishop of Pontefract. Mufti Jusuf Akudi, one of the organisers, said: "Abortion, euthanasia and immoral sex education are among the vital issues that have a profound effect on our lives, the lives of our children and the lives of all members of the human family whatever their faith or religion. I urge everyone regardless of their background or religion, and especially my Muslim sisters and brothers, to actively support the work of SPUC." The main speakers were John Smeaton, national director of SPUC, and Dr A Majid Katme, Muslim coordinator for SPUC and spokesman for the Islamic Medical Association in the UK. Mr Smeaton called on parents and leaders to end the betrayal of our young people by schools and government. He said: "The Government's policy is to provide secret abortions including abortifacient birth control for children in schools - that is, without parental knowledge or consent. This is happening at a school near you and possibly one which your children or grandchildren are attending. I think it's the worst thing that has happened in this country since I became involved in the pro-life fight over 33 years ago. "I can scarcely believe it myself that I can meet and talk to fellow parents and we can talk to each other as if everything was still quite normal in our community; that I can go to worship God and no-one is talking about this monstrous evil. What's happening in our communities? Why aren't the grown-ups and the leaders shouting from the rooftops? "Our families are under attack and there's scarcely a whisper. We have to break this outrageous silence and not allow the generation of children born to us and to our children to be cruelly betrayed." Dr Katme appealed to every Muslim to do their duty and become involved in the Pro-life campaign. He said: "Islam is the religion of mercy and we Muslims should act and show this mercy by trying to stop the unjustified killing of our innocent unborn children through the barbaric procedure of abortion." Pictured at the conference are, from left to right, Mufti Yusuf Akudi, Muslim advisor to the Indian Muslim Welfare Society, Moulana Shakeel Hafeez, Revd. Anthony Howe SSC, Right Revd Anthony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, Mr John Smeaton, national director, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Dr A Majid Katme, Muslim co-ordinator, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

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