BCM Official Statement
Birmingham Council of Mosques OFFICIAL NOTICE
We are deeply horrified by the horrific terrorist attacks that occured on the Muslims and Masajids in New Zealand. We would ask you to Pray for the victims and families of this tragedy. As Muslims we reflect our compassion and hurt through our Duas for the victims of such terrorism and ask from Allah swt to give them Peace.
Although there is no direct threat to Our Masajids we must always be vigilant as we go about our normal business and daily lifes.
BCM would like to emphasise Masajid members not to hesitate in reporting any suspicious behaviour or hate crime to the police but to not draw any conclusions from recent incidents.
BCM is working proactively with the authorities to tackle anti-Muslim hate-crime and welcome the commitment of Birmingham City Council to stand together with us to ensure Islamaphobia/ hate crime have no place in Birmingham.
There is an onus of responsibility on us as Muslims and on the Media to demonstrate sensitivity towards the victims and the loved ones of this tragedy. We urge you not to re-distribute any footage that was filmed by the perpitrators via social media. We request you not to circulate the associated filmed clips as a sign of respect to those that have passed and to the loved ones of the families.
BCM would like to reassure our members that the Police and authorities are working thoroughly with BCM and In Sha Allah BCM will always put our worries forward. Any form of terrorism or hate-crime will not be
tolerated in Birmingham. BCM condemns these abhorrent acts that are designed
to spread hate and fear amongst and between communities.
Our response to this incident will only strengthen our unity as Muslims and our cooperation and ongoing work with the local authorities and police force. We must continue to safeguard vulnerable individuals that are susceptible to radicalisation and help recognise the real threat of terrorism in whatever form it manifests whilst at the same time working proactively with the authorities to tackle anti-Muslim hate-crime and welcome the commitment of Birmingham City Council to stand together with us to ensure hatred and intolerance have no space in Birmingham.
United we stand against any act of violence or terrorism.
Regarding New Zealand Attack
Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward said:
“We are shocked by the tragic news of the New Zealand terror attack and our sympathies are with those affected at this time.
“We appreciate that our local communities may have concerns however I would like to reassure you that there is no increased threat to the people of the West Midlands.
“If any families are directly affected by the attack, West Midlands Police is ready to support in any way we can.
“Officers will be engaging with key religious buildings today to reassure local people. We will continue to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.
“For us the focus now is the protection of those we serve in the West Midlands. As we are all very aware we face a sustained and determined threat to our security.
“As always we ask our communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Anti-Terror Hotline on 0800 789 321, in an emergency dial 999.”