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Imams around the country have been asked to use their sermons to urge British Muslims to vote in the election, thereby helping young people to avoid the lure of "deviant ideologies" through a sense of investment in civil life.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella group with 500 affiliated mosques and Islamic bodies, has released a list of key issues affecting Muslims before the election. It has also circulated a suggested sermon for imams to deliver during Friday prayers that declares: "Muslims need to be more politically active."

IpsosMORI research suggests that 53 per cent of eligible Muslims did not vote at the 2010 general election.


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