Sky News Online on 'Perceptions on Islam & Muslims' Research
Alan McGuinness, Sky News Online
3:13pm UK, Tuesday August 03, 2010
British people are ignorant of Islam and equate the religion with terrorism, according to a new survey by a Muslim research group.
The Islamic Education and Research Academy has published a study into how British people view the religion.
More than half (63%) of those polled did not disagree with the statement "Muslims are terrorists."
A total of 94% thought that the religion "opresses women" and 70% that it preaches hatred.
The iERA, which works to improve people's understanding of the faith, questioned 500 non-Muslims in person.
Hamza Tzortzis, a senior researcher at the iERA, thinks many people would change their views if they simply learnt more about Islam.
The survey exposed a lack of basic knowledge, he said.
More than a third did not know who the Prophet Mohammed was and over three quarters (76%) had never spoken to a Muslim about their religion.
Mr Tzortzis told Sky News Online: "I was surprised in a way that a lot of people were still apathetic to religion in general.
"Deep down I thought we were going to get these results. I pre-supposed them."
Respondents were also invited to make comments.
One said: “They have taken our country over, it’s not England any more. We have to make changes to please them.”
“If I had my way I’d kick them all out of here," said another.
Source: Sky News Online