THAT a record number of Muslims have entered the British Parliament reflects the fact that the political parties felt obliged to put up more Muslim candidates, in turn reflecting the greater assertiveness of Muslim minorities. That Muhammad Sarwar, the first British Muslim MP back in 1997, stood down to be replaced by his son, was a reflection of the change that has taken place in British politics, which has seen Labour also elect its first Muslim Women MPs, and its first Tory Muslims sent to Westminster; with a generation that had migrated to the UK giving way to their children, born and bred in the UK. However, the election has been notable for the victories of 13 Muslim MPs, the most so far, and the spread of Muslim MPs from Labour to other parties, though Labour had the most Muslims elected. Of the Muslim MPs, no less than seven are of Pakistani origin, including the women, with five of them elected on Labour tickets, even though Labour was defeated and turned out of the government, where it had been since 1997. The main challenge facing the Muslim MPs is the British policy on the War on Terror. However, whereas they are rightly placed to act against the UKs continued participation in the War, they must never forget that they were elected to represent the interests of British Muslims, not just the Muslims themselves. Yet their presence at Westminster should help clarify misgivings about Muslims and Islam among the British people. The various parties put up over 90 Muslim candidates at these elections, to win the ethnic vote, and often enough the MPs were elected against other Asian candidates. If the UKs becoming a multiracial society is being reflected at Westminster, it should also be reflected in the policies followed by its government. These MPs are also role models, who must show that being Muslim does not mean being a terrorist. That is an increasingly important message to be sent to the world, and those Muslims, mainly Pakistani, who have seized the opportunities provided by the British political system, should not let the opportunity pass them by.