We were shocked to learn of the death last night of 81 year old Muhsin Ahmed, who was attacked on his way to prayers at a mosque in Rotherham.
The Muslim Council of Britain renews its call on the government and authorities to take Islamophobic crimes seriously, and appeals to editors and producers to reflect on the hostile atmosphere that currently exists which has effectively normalised anti-Muslim hatred.
Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “This is an absolute disgusting and horrific crime against an elderly man. We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and serve a time fitting that of taking the life of a ‘gentle’ grandfather”. More recently we have seen a worrying upsurge in attacks on Muslims. We urge our government and police to do more to tackle this menace head on and have a strategy in place to counter the growth in hate crimes against Muslims.”
In the last ten days, there have been two additional violent attacks against Muslims: on 14 August, a Muslim nurse was attacked in Stockport, while in Nelson on Lancashire, two men were attacked with an air rifle again, on their way to a mosque.
Studies have shown an increase in Islamophobic hate crime in recent times, and earlier in the year, the government indicated that all police forces will be required to record attacks against Muslims as hate crimes. While we call for this welcome initiative to be enacted with urgency, the Muslim Council of Britain urges government, the authorities and all concerted parties to come together to ensure Islamophobic hate crime is tackled effectively.
Find out more about the attacks here: http://www.mcb.org.uk/islamophobic-attacks/
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools