Source: BBC News
On July 25, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Muslim Council of Britain is seeking to widen its appeal by embarking on a tour of the U.K. The MCB's recently-elected head, Muhammad Abdul Bari, said he was looking forward to meeting a 'diverse range' of Muslims. The MCB is the largest Muslim body in the UK, but has faced criticism that it does not represent all the community. Over the last 18 months two major separate groups for Muslims have emerged. The MCB's Connecting with the Community tour begins in London on Tuesday. Over the next five weeks Dr Bari, and other senior MBC officials, will visit 16 British towns and cities with large Muslim populations including Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Glasgow and Cardiff. They will be accompanied by the MCB's regional and local affiliates and other personalities from the towns and cities visited."