A Statement of Solidarity from British Muslim communities

14 November 2015

We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.

Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.

There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.

British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.

We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.

Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.

It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.

Signed:

-Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer, Scotland

-Aamer Naeem, Editor in Chief, British Muslim TV

-Abdul Buhari, 2012 GB Olympic Athlete

-Adam Deen, Quilliam Foundation

-Adbul-Azim Ahmed, Muslim Council of Wales

-Adeem Younis, Director, Penny Appeal, & Founder, singlemuslim.com

-Adil Mohammed Javed (British Muslim Actor), CEO & Artistic Director, Alchemy Arts

-Afzal Khan MEP, Vice-Chair, Security & Defence, Member of European Parliament

-Ahsan Gulabkhan, Association of Muslim Lawyers

-Akeela Ahmed, Equalities Campaigner

-Alnoor Samji

-Arif Zaman

-Asif Sadiq, Chair, Association of Muslim Police

-Ayatullah Sayed Fazel Milani, Al-Khoei Foundation

-Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia

-Bharath Ganesh, Tell MAMA UK

-Caroline Lucas MP, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

-Chaudhary Shafique, Chairman, Council For Christian Muslim Relations, High Wycombe

-Cllr. Hashim Bhatti, Windsor, Executive Member of Conservative Muslim Forum, & Three Faiths Forum Alumni Board

-Cllr. M Aslam Choudry, London Borough of Brent

-Commander Mak Chishty, Metropolitan Police

-Council of Mosques and Muslim Organisations of Newport (COMMON)

-Dawood Masood, Quba Trust

-Dilwar Hussain, Director, New Horizons

-Dr. Abul Kalam, Khatib, Docklands Community Organisation Mosque

-Dr. Akber Mohamedali, President, The Council of European Jamaats

-Dr. Anas Altikriti, CEO, The Cordoba Foundation

-Dr. Asgar Moledina, President, The World Federation of KSIMC

-Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham

-Dr. Hussain Alsaffar, Alderhey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

-Dr. Imran Awan, Birmingham City University

-Dr. Javed Gill (Convener), Muslim Council of Scotland

-Dr. Masood Yousef, Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs/Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru

-Dr. Mohammad Mozaffari, Co-Founder & Trustee, Leeds Muslim Youth Group

-Dr. Omar Hamdoon, President, Muslim Association of Britain

-Dr. Shuja Shafi, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman, Remembering Srebrenica

-Esmat Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre

-Esmond Rosen, Chair, Barnet Multi-Faith Forum

-Fadel Soliman, Director, Bridges Global

-Fahim Mazhary, Consultant, Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Farhad Mawani, Vice-President, Ismaili Council for the UK

-Farooq Murad, Director General, The Islamic Foundation, & former Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Fayyaz Haji, President, Muslim Shia ithnathery Jamaat, Essex

-Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder & Director, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA UK

-Hafiz Saeed Makki, Finance Secretary, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat

-Haroon Bhabha, Family Support Worker

-Harris Iqbal, Head of Operations, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation

-Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on Islamophobia

-Henna Rai, Director of Counter Extremism, Association of British Muslims (AOBM), Kaleidoscope Arts Faith & Culture, & Women Against Radicalisation

-Ifath Nawaz, Vice President, Association of Muslim Lawyers

-Iftikhar Awan, Chair, Independent Members, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Imam Abdullah Hasan, Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA)

-Imam Ajmal Masroor, Broadcaster, Alchemiya

-Imam Ghulam Rasool, Director, Dome and HSBT Sandwell, Tipton

-Imam Hashmi, Sunni ‘Ulema Council

-Imam Irfan Chishti, Manchester Central Mosque

-Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani, Knowledge Initiative Academy

-Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, Senior Imam, Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield

-Imran & Aina Khan, Head of Islamic Department, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

-Imtiyaz Damiel, Abu Hanifah Foundation

-Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL

-Jagjit Singh Khambe, Sant Nirankari Mission UK

-Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian

-Jalal Fairooz, Secretary General, Bahrain Campaign, & Former Member of Parliament (Bahrain)

-Jawad Fairooz, Salam for Democracy & Human Rights

-Jawad Kadhum Alkhalisi, Muslim Youth Association

-Julie Siddiqi & Laura Marks, Co-Chairs, Nisa-Nashim Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network

-Julie Siddiqi, Founder, Sadaqa Day

-Karim Sacoor, Community Activist & Independent Member, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Khalid Mahmood MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

-Khurshid Ahmed CBE, CEO, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust

-Khurshid Drabu CBE, Judge, Upper Tier Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, London

-Laura Marks, Founder, Mitzvah Day

-Makhdoom Amjad Shah, TV Anchor, Journalist & CEO, Overseas Pakistan Community

-Matthew Bolton, Deputy Director, Citizens UK

-Maulana Ahmed Nessar Beg, British Muslim Forum

-Maulana Bustan Qadri, Secretary, Sunni Confederation of Mosques

-Mohammad Al-Musawi, World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)

-Mohammad Ehsan Rangiha, Chairman, Islamic Unity Society

-Mohammed Khaled Noor, Muslim Professionals Forum

-Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Park Mosque

-Mohammed Mojibul Hoque, Redcar Cleveland Islamic & Cultural Organisation

-Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation

-Moulana Abdul Wahhab, Markaz ud Da’wah wal Irshad, London

-Moulana Shahid Raza OBE, Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque, & Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)

-Mubarak Ali, Secretary, Islamic Society of Wales

-Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London

-Muhammad Muneeb Noorani, Imam, South Indian Sunni, Shafi’i Community, London

-Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Bradford Imams Forum

-Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director, British Muslim Youth

-Mustafa Field MBE, Faiths Forum for London

-Nasar Iqbal, Founder & Operations Director, Innovate Walsall

-Naz Shah MP, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, & Member of Parliament for Bradford West

-Nick Lowles, Hope Not Hate

-Peter Herbert, Chair, Society of Black Lawyers

-Qari Muhammad Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds, & Independent Member, Cross Government Working Group Tackling Anti Muslim Hatred

-Ragih Muflihi, CEO, Inclusive Muslim Action Network

-Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths and None (AFAN)

-Rameez Kaleem, Chair & Trustee, City Circle

-Rasheeda Begum, Interfaith Activist

-Rashid Brora, Chairman, Medina Mosque, Southampton

-Rasool Bhamani, Baab-Ul-Ilm Centre Leeds

-Rimla Akhtar MBE, Equality Activist

-Rubab Mehdi, Chairwoman, International Imam Hussain Council

-Saleha Islam, Director Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Salim Janmohamed, Ismaili Council for the UK

-Sarah Ager, Interfaith Activist

-Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

-Sayed Ali Reza Rizvi, Markaz Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre

-Sayed Qassim Al Jalali, Huda Surrey Islamic Centre

-Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei, Centre for Academic Shia Studies

-Sayyed Zafrullah Shah, Chair, Care and Relief Foundation

-Shaukat Warraich, CEO, Faith Associates, & Chief Editor, Imamsonline.com

-Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Chair, Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council, & Imam, Islamic Centre Ireland

-Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Chairman, Utrujj Foundation

-Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Office of British Imams

-Shaykh Imran Abdali, Chair, Ahle Sunnah wal Suffiya Foundation

-Shaykh Khalil ibn Elyas Laher, Quwwat-ul-Islam, London

-Shaykh M Shabbir Sialvi, Executive Imam, Golden Mosque, Rochdale

-Shaykh Michael Mumisa, University of Cambridge

-Shaykh Muhammad Umar ibn Ramadhan, Chairman, Ramadhan Foundation

-Shaykh Talat, MCEC, Palmers Green Mosque

-Shaz Manir, CEO, Amirah Foundation

-Sheikh Bahri Boja, UK Albanian Muslim Community & Cultural Centre, London

-Sheikh Mohammad Al-Hilli, Noor Trust, London

-Sheikh Nazim, Sufi Centre London UK

-Sheikh Zymer Salihi

-Sir Iqbal Sacrani OBE, Balham Mosque & Tooting Islamic Centre

-Stuart Andrew MP, Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, & Member of Parliament for Pudsey

-Sughra Ahmed, President, Islamic Society of Britain

-Sultan Niaz ul Hasan-Jade, Chair, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust UK

-Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

-Syed Faruq Shah, Chair, Qamar UK Islam

-Tamina Mir, Women Buzz Network

-Ufuk Secgin, Chairman, Hasene Humanitarian Aid UK

-Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation

-Waqar Ahmed MBE

-Yasmin Choudhury, Founder, Lovedesh & Amcariza Foundation

-Yasmin Qureshi MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East

-Yousef Dar, Chair, Community Safety Forum

-Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy, Barts Health NHS Trust

-Yusuf Rios, Shaukani Institute, USA

-Zafar Khan, Chairman, Luton Council of Faiths

-Zaqir Shaikh, Darul Arqam Educational Trust Leicester, Wayfarers Trust Nottingham, & Imam Masjid al-Mustapha, Leicester

-Zulfikar Hasham, Community Activist

 

www.mcb.org.uk/againstterror

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