THE Hounslow Chronicle of December 3, 2010 carried a letter from Mr Temoor Khan on behalf of the Hounslow Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre.
Mr Khan sought to refute what he claimed were distortions about Muslim schools which were broadcast in a BBC Panorama report 'British Schools Islamic Rules'.
He said that the Islamic centre wanted 'to reach out to our local community'.
At the end of his letter Mr Khan wrote "we welcome everyone in our community to discuss and interact with us, so we can build a tolerant and cohesive community".
I responded to that invitation by writing a letter to Mr Khan about the approach of the Islamic centre to a number of questions. I have never had a reply or even an acknowledgement to my letter despite sending three or four reminders.
In these circumstances it is difficult to take Mr Khan's claim about wanting to reach out to the community seriously.
I regret having to write this letter since I would much rather have had my questions to Mr Khan/the Islamic centre answered. I am not religious but I certainly want to see people of all faiths (or none) being tolerant of each other.
There is therefore a real need for the sort of interaction promised but unfortunately not delivered by the Islamic centre.
DAVID PAVETT Thornbury Road