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16 Oct 2012
Malala Yousafzai’s rapid recovery – prayers in mosques
* Muslim Council leader appreciative of medical help given to Malala Yousafzai in Britain
Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain,
welcomed the arrival of Malala Yousafzai in Britain for treatment of her
horrific injuries. She arrived on board an air ambulance provided by
the United Arab Emirates and will receive expert medical care at the
Queen Elizabeth acute hospital in Birmingham.
Farooq Murad said: “The horrific attack on Malala Yousafzai is to be
condemned, and has rightly been done so by Pakistan’s responsible
political and religious leaders. You don’t see such a unified response
every day in a nation in turmoil from violence”. Our Prime Minister has
correctly observed that "Pakistan is the biggest victim of terror in the
world". Sinister groups are creating havoc in the country leading to
such sinister events.
Muslim mosque congregations in Britain have been praying for the
young girl’s recovery since the tragedy occurred on 9th October. Now
that she is amongst us, our thoughts are even more so with her, her
family and the other young girls injured in this criminal attack.
Malala’s case also tells us that violence, and political violence in
particular, has been an everyday fact for Pakistanis. Each day we hear
of an outrage: whether it be for sectarian, religious or political. This
is compounded by the onset of US military drones that have cost the
lives of so many innocent lives. All of this must stop. If we are to
seek an effective strategy to ensure that Malala’s attackers do not
prevail, we must all find ways to assist Pakistanis to take violence out
of Pakistani politics and civil society.
Note to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK's representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
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The Muslim Council of Britain,
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