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More than half of Muslims in Britain think homosexuality should be illegal, poll finds

More than half of Muslims in Britain think homosexuality should be illegal, a survey has revealed Credit: PA

More than half of Muslims in Britain think homosexuality should be illegal, a survey has revealed.

The results of a poll for Channel 4 by market research firm ICM will feature in a documentary called What British Muslims Really Think, presented by Trevor Phillips - former Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman.

The survey was carried out to try and understand what British Muslims - not their representatives - think, and to discover why some young Muslims are being drawn to violence.

It also found that only 34% of British Muslims would tell the police if they thought someone they knew was getting involved with supporters of terrorism in Syria.

Of the 1,000 Muslim Britons surveyed:

  • 52% think that homosexuality should be illegal in Britain
  • 47% said it is unacceptable for a gay or lesbian person to teach in school
  • 23% would support there being areas of Britain in which Sharia law replaces British law
  • 4% sympathise with people who take part in suicide bombing to fight injustice
  • 39% believe that "wives should always obey their husbands"
  • 86% feel a strong sense of belonging to Britain
  • 94% feel they are able to freely practise their religion in the UK

Mr Phillips said the findings pose profound questions for society and the implications for future relations between Britain's Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Trevor Phillips, former Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman Credit: PA

He added: "Hearing what British Muslims themselves think, rather than listening to those purporting to speak on their behalf, is critical if we are to prevent the establishment of a nation within our nation.

"Many of the results will be troubling to Muslims and non-Muslims alike - and the analysis of the age profile shows us that the social attitudes revealed are unlikely to change quickly."

The integration of Britain's Muslims will probably be the hardest task we've ever faced.

It will require the abandonment of the milk-and-water multiculturalism still so beloved of many, and the adoption of a far more muscular approach to integration.

– Trevor Phillips, former Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman

ICM used face-to-face, in-home research to question a representative sample of 1,000 Muslims across Great Britain.