by Iain Roberts on 1 July, 2015
From the Manchester Council of Mosques, including Cheadle Muslim Association:
In the wake of the violence in France, Kuwait and Tunisia on 26 June 2015, Qadir Ahmad Chohan Chair of Manchester Council of Mosques says,”We are all resolved to defeat terrorism and terrorists, we condemn the callous killing of innocent people in France, Kuwait, Tunisia and America.
We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of the bereaved, and we will continue to do all that we can to continually promoting a peaceful and tolerant society.
The Muslim community vehemently rejects any suggestion that such murders can ever be justified by our Islamic faith. Such actions have no place in any religion and they should be treated as they are – vile attacks of criminal terrorism.
If IS are confirmed to be behind any or all these acts, we again condemn their acts of terrorism as we have done in the past and they need to know we are committed to preventing their seeds of hatred being planted in the UK or elsewhere.
IS are not representatives of the 2.7 million Muslims in Britain and 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. We should not give any credence what so ever that IS represents ‘Islam’ or that they are a ‘state’.
At this time we should respond by focusing our attention on supporting victims and their families and bringing the perpetrators to justice. We counsel the targeted use of existing powers and criminal offences to tackle those who encourage this form of callous violence and prosecute them in an open criminal justice system’’.
A special Friday sermon on 3 July 2015 at 1.30pm will send out clear messages that acts of violence which target innocent people have no place in any religion and civilized society and world.
ABOUT MANCHESTER COUNCIL OF MOSQUES (MCOM)
MCOM represent over 70 mosques in Manchester with a combined congregation of over 80 000 people. MCOM aims to work for Manchester and beyond to be a great place to worship, live, work and prosper in. MCOM regularly issues statements and press releases to mosques and the wider society to build a just and harmonious society.8 Comments