Nearly half of UK adults think Islam is ‘incompatible’ with British values


Almost a third of UK adults think Islam encourages Muslims to carry out acts of violence against non-Muslims, a survey suggests. It found nearly half (48 percent) think the religion is ‘incompatible’ with British values.

The poll, which questioned 2,077 people of different ages, genders and regions, showed how ‘misunderstood’ the religion is in the UK, said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Two thirds (67 percent) of the public agreed most Brits have a negative view of Islam, while 58 percent believe Islamophobia is widespread in the UK.

The results come as the country’s largest Muslim convention, the Jalsa Salana, will take place on Friday in Hampshire with more than 30,000 expected to attend.

Following the survey, Rafiq Hayat, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, has encouraged people of all faiths to get to know Muslims better at the convention.

‘Islam actually places an emphasis on integration and contributing to the society you live in, which is what the 35,000 Muslims who’ll be gathering at the UK’s largest Islamic convention aim to show – that loyalty to your country is in fact a part of your faith,’ said Mr Hayat.    (

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