In light of the recent attacks on a number of Mosques in Birmingham. We have been working closely with the community, local authority and Police. It is important we understand the above Ayat of Surah-Al Baqara (2:153). The victims families of the New Zealand attack demonstrated the best conduct even in the face of atrocity.
We must demonstrate patience and tolerance. The individual that perpetrated the crimes against our Masajids has been apprehended and medically sectioned under mental health act. He has no affiliation with the right wing groups. We would ask all Masajid Imams to request their congregations to exhibit patience and tolerance. The Imam of Masjid Al Noor, New Zealand said after the terror attack, “This terrorist sought to tear our nation apart with an evil ideology that has torn the world apart. But, instead, we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable. And that the world can see in us an example of love and unity. We are broken-hearted but we are not broken. We are alive. We are together. We are determined to not let anyone divide us”. (Imam Gamal Fouda).
We thank the local authoritiy and police for their diligent efforts and we are humbled by the kindness and sympathy offered by the community of Birmingham.
We are blessed to be guided by our faith. We must carry on the good work of cohesion and unity and show others what our faith represents through our actions of love, peace and kindness towards the community.
We the undersigned in agreement with the statement of the BCM regarding the recent attacks on mosques in Birmingham further emphasis the need for our community to remain united and act as one body. The assailant does not belong to any right-wing group and has been sectioned under the mental act. In these difficult times we must display the Prophetic model of not only peace and tolerance but one of spreading goodness, forgiveness and love. It is our hope that the leaders of our communities and our religious guides will use their positions and offices to emphasis the importance of social cohesion and goodwill within our Muslim and the broader British community. As the Qur’an commands- “respond by that which is most excellent, for through that you shall find immediately that love replaces the hatred that existed between you and the other”
Hazrat Allamah Sahib Zada Misbah Almalik Luqmanawi
Mawlana Abdul Hadi Umri
Mufti Muhammad Faruq Alawi
Hujat al-Islam Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain