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Fitzpatrick: We’ve sleep-walked into Arabian practices

PUBLISHED: 14:47 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, I AM pleased that MP Jim Fitzpatrick at last realises that rising of Islamist practise has been increasing in the East End for years

Dear Ed,

I AM pleased that MP Jim Fitzpatrick at last realises that rising of Islamist practise has been increasing in the East End for years. I have attended several weddings as a Bengali, but during the last five or six years there has been an increasing trend in segregating men and women when they arrive at the venue. In fact, most of the venue hire companies advertise that they have separate halls.

The MP has woken up to the fact the East End has sleep-walked into Arabian practices, which was alien to Bengali culture.

Not long ago, I attended weddings in Tower Hamlets where families were not separated, but could sit together in the same hall and enjoy the atmosphere.

But due to spread of 'Middle Eastern' Islamic sects recently, now it's the norm to have segregated weddings, where adult guests are forced to separate and even adolescent children, leaving families members to keep in contact by mobile phones, even though they are sitting few meters apart!

It was brave of Jim Fitzpatrick to speak out, as community leaders are terrified to speak out as they think it would be 'haram' to say anything against mingling of sexes. If that is the case, why don't they speak out when Bengali Muslim women go shopping in Whitechapel market, mingling and rubbing shoulders with Bengali men, in a crowded market? That not against Islam.

Najma Akthar

Ada Place, Bethnal Green


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