Muslims for Plaid
Muslims for Plaid began as an idea amongst a couple of Muslim members of Plaid Cymru in Swansea. We felt that Plaid Cymru was a party putting the people of Wales first - ALL its people.
As Welsh Muslims we had been impressed by the principled stance the party had taken against the invasions and Afghanistan and Iraq at a time when those who supported the wars were congratulating themselves on what they believed would be a quick and efficient campaign that would bring peace and stability to the region with minimal civilian casualties. How wrong they were. The horrendous loss of life and chaos into which the countries quickly descended showed the manifest error of the politicians in Westminster, trading the 20/20 foresight of Plaid Cymru for the 20/20 hindsight that commentators now view the decision to go to war.
The nucleus of a Muslims for Plaid campaigning group was forming and felt that the attention of Muslim communities should be drawn to the stance that Plaid Cymru had taken on numerous issues of peace and justice over the years, issues that on many occasions were directly related to parts of the world that Welsh Muslims care passionately about. We decided that a working group was needed under the Equality Section of Plaid, as a vehicle to facilitate two-way communication between the Party and the Muslim community in Wales. It was envisaged that this working group, as yet without a name, would help to communicate Plaid’s existing policies to the Muslim community and provide the Muslim community with an opportunity to give input into future policies.