|The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) convened a meeting of over 200 Muslim Leaders |
and organisations on Saturday 7th July 2007 at the Islamic Cultural Centre Park Road London to discuss combined responses to tackling terrorist threats. Muslim leaders representing all sections of the community attended this conference and agreed the declaration which read:
We hereby emphatically affirm, announce and declare that:
1. We consider all terrorist acts that aim to murder and maim innocent human beings utterly reprehensible and abhorrent. There is no basis whatsoever for such acts in our faith. Islam, as a religion of peace, rejects terror and promotes peace and harmony. We urge Muslim organisations and institutions to exercise their Islamic duty to correct and dispel misinterpretations of our faith.
2. All Britons, Muslim and non-Muslims, should stand united against the threat of terrorism. We should not allow terrorists to divide us and polarise one community against another. We urge all our organisations and institutions to establish dialogue and engage with all stakeholders in society.
3. Islam requires us to protect and safeguard the life of civilians. It is our collective duty to give the fullest support and cooperation to the police in helping to prevent acts of terror from taking place. Islam requires us to protect and safeguard the life of human beings.
4. We commend the measured and responsible tone of our new government. We stand together with the government to promote respect, peace and stability against all those who seek to divide us using violence.
5. As citizens we will address international issues of concern by promoting political engagement of our people in the democratic processes. We call on our government to work towards a more balanced foreign policy.
6. We pay tribute to the work and dedication of Muslim doctors and healthcare professionals in the NHS. We hope that the service they provide to the wider society is not tarnished by the reprehensible actions of a few.
7. Many valuable suggestions were made during this meeting. We will, in due course, draw up an appropriate action plan to take them forward.