Tim Davie has pledged that Lady’s Hour will ‘mirror’ on issues over the ‘strikingly hostile’ interview with the Muslim Council of Britain’s first feminine chief.
The interview on February 4 noticed Zara Mohammed, from Glasgow, questioned by host Emma Barnett concerning the variety of feminine imams in Britain, to which she replied: ‘I imply, I believe once more I haven’t got a clue on these numbers.’
When requested by the host if there have been any ladies imams in Britain in any respect, Ms Mohammed, 29, responded: ‘Once more it isn’t – are you referring to chaplains, are you referring to ladies that lead the prayer?’
She added: ‘I believe my function is not actually to adjudicate or examination that a part of spirituality.’
The interview sparked 564 complaints to the BBC and greater than 100 public figures, together with Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Naz Shah, signed an open letter to the broadcaster criticising the ‘strikingly hostile’ Radio 4 dialogue.
The BBC’s director common has now supported a press release from the radio programme that mentioned it can ‘assume onerous’ concerning the issues raised.
Tim Davie (pictured above) has pledged that Lady’s Hour will ‘mirror’ on issues over the ‘strikingly hostile’ interview with the Muslim Council of Britain’s first feminine chief
The interview on February 4 noticed Zara Mohammed (pictured above), from Glasgow, questioned by host Emma Barnett concerning the variety of feminine imams in Britain
Ms Barnett, pictured above. The interview sparked 564 complaints to the BBC and greater than 100 public figures signed an open letter to the broadcaster
Mr Davie additionally mentioned the broadcaster has ‘a accountability to discover and debate points inside all communities’, experiences the BBC.
Writers Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Mariam Khan, who organised the letter, referred to as for the BBC to convey extra variety into its editorial and manufacturing groups following the interview, which got here below hearth for reinforcing ‘prejudicial tropes’ about Muslim ladies, in accordance with The Guardian.
The letter criticising the interview, signed by Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi and comic Deborah Frances-White, mentioned the BBC took down the unique tweet with a clip of the interview following on-line and personal complaints.
It learn: ‘Regardless of Mohammed’s repeated claims that spiritual adjudication was not inside the parameters of her function main a civil society organisation, [host Emma] Barnett requested the query about feminine imams 4 occasions, every time interrupting Mohammed’s reply.
‘The framing of the interview and clipping up of the ‘feminine imam’ phase for social media mirrored the model and tone of an accountability interview with a politician, fairly than authentically recognising and fascinating in what this represented for British Muslim ladies.
‘Furthermore, the false equivalence between imams with rabbis and monks in a faith that has no clergy mirrored a primary lack of non secular literacy wanted for genuine engagement with British Muslim communities.’
Ms Mohammed (pictured above, with Nicola Sturgeon) turned the primary lady Secretary Normal of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after every week of voting
Those that signed the letter – which had 200 signatures in whole – included Labour MPs Zarah Sultana and Apsana Begum; writer and editor of the Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla; Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens, and theologian Dr Amina Wadud.
Ms Abdel-Magied mentioned: ‘This can’t be the way in which that media organisations, particularly the BBC – which is supposed to signify Britain and British individuals – have interaction with Muslim ladies and Muslim individuals.’
A BBC spokesperson beforehand advised MailOnline: ‘This can be a subject we have been responding to already and now that we have acquired this letter we’ll reply to it sooner or later.’
It was revealed earlier this month Britain’s largest Islamic group had chosen human rights regulation graduate Ms Mohammed, from Glasgow, as its first ever feminine chief.
In a photograph taken throughout a dinner in June 2019, Ms Mohammed mentioned getting a selfie with the London Mayor (pictured above) was her ‘favorite’ a part of the night
Ms Mohammed turned the primary lady Secretary Normal of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after every week of voting.
The coaching and growth guide mentioned she hoped her election would ‘encourage extra ladies and younger individuals’ to tackle management positions as they’re ‘the way forward for this organisation’.
Ms Mohammed – who has labored with a number of Scottish charities – has shared photos of her posing with Sadiq Khan and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In a photograph taken throughout a dinner in June 2019, she mentioned getting a selfie with the London Mayor was her ‘favorite’ a part of the night.
Following her election, Mr Khan took to Twitter to congratulate her, writing: ‘Terrific to see Zara Mohammed elected as the primary lady Secretary Normal of the Muslim Council of Britain.’