In the last 12 months, sales of the Koran have soared. Interest in Islam and those who follow this ancient religion has never been greater. The Queen has even visited a British mosque for the first time in her 50-year reign.
In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States, there were dark warnings of a worldwide backlash against Islam after it was confirmed that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaida network were behind the outrage of September 11.
Speculation, rumour and suspicion became the order of the day as Muslims and the symbols of their faith came under scrutiny. For some they became objects of both conjecture and anger.
Mosques, community centres or even those wearing clothing perceived to be similar to the world's new hate figure were signs to some of approval at the terrible loss of life.
Many incidents were suspected of being a thinly-veiled mask for deeper, underlying racist sentiments, and they were not ignored by Britain's 1.8 million Muslims.
Khalid Mahmood, England's first Muslim MP, likened the undercurrent of fear to that endured by the Irish community after the IRA's bombing campaign on the British mainland in the 1970s.
About 150,000 of the …