Darren Osborne Terrorism Verdict: Time to Take Islamophobia Seriously

1 February 2018

The Muslim Council of Britain today welcomed the guilty verdict passed on Darren Osborne, convicted of murder and attempted murder after driving a van into a group of Muslims near a north London mosque in a terrorist attack.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “The scenes we witnessed last summer were the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia yet in our country. We cannot be complacent and regard this as a one-off terrorist incident.”

“We heard during the trial how Osborne was motivated by anti-Muslim groups and Islamophobic tropes not only prevalent in far right circles, but also made acceptable in our mainstream. The case tells us that we must all exercise caution when tempted to stigmatise any group of people, regardless of colour, creed or community.”

Mr Khan added: “My condolences go out to the victims and their families. The survivors have conducted themselves with the utmost dignity. And they have been aided not only by solace from Allah, but also by the outpouring of sympathy and support from Britons of all walks of life. This, truly, is the best riposte to the terrorism in our midst. Here too we honour the quick thinking of Imam Mohammed Mahmoud who went out of his way to ensure no harm fell on the attacker.”

Mr Khan praised the response by our government and called for further action to ensure this does not happen again: “I commend the immediate action taken by the Prime Minister, Home Secretary, the Mayor of London, police, other leaders and the ambulance services. Immediately after the terrorist attack there was an enormous outpouring of solidarity. With that spirit, I hope that the leadership and powerful words from our government now translate into transformative action to tackle the growth in hate crime against Muslims, in line with action taken against other forms of bigotry.”

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Notes to Editors: 

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.

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The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
London
E1 2WJ
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079
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