13th May, a Unity meeting was initiated and organized by the Muslim
Council of Britain, MINAB (Mosques and
Imams National Advisory Board), the Al-Khoei Foundation, MAB (Muslim Association
of Britain), COEJ (Council of European Jamaat), Majlis Ulama Shia Europe amongst
others at the East London Mosque.
very short notice, the meeting was very well attended by representatives from
leading national, regional and local organisations as well as prominent Sunni
and Shia scholars. Representatives from
the Metropolitan Police Force also attended the meeting as did the victim of
the violence caused in the sectarian attack at Edgware Road on Friday 10 May.
was chaired by Farooq Murad. It received a report from the representatives of
the Police. The police were closely questioned by participants about
the causes for its inaction so far. However the police were assured of
community support for addressing the problem effectively and indeed proactively.
a number of contributions from the attendees – all welcoming whole heartedly
the initiative delivered in convening the meeting to show unity and solidarity
in our communities.
following statement was agreed for publication:
We unequivocally condemn the acts of criminality resulting
in violence in Edgware Road on 10 May. The violence was clearly motivated by
hate and sectarianism.
We declare that such acts carried out by a tiny group of
people are disgraceful and barbaric and need to be addressed robustly without
fear by the law enforcement agencies.
We commit ourselves to ensuring that such groups remain
isolated and marginalized from our mainstream communities.
We urge that our community stands firm against those who
propagate or tolerate the rhetoric of takfir (charge of unbelief) for anyone
who believes in the oneness and supremacy of Allah, in Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) as the seal of the prophets and who faces the qibla
(direction of the Ka’bah) in prayers.
We extend our sympathy and support to the victim of these
We call upon the Police and other law enforcement agencies to
take timely and robust action against perpetrators of sectarian violence as it
threatens the peaceful fabric of our society.
We affirm our resolve to remain united and respectful of our
differences and we will continue to show strength in our unity and send a loud
and clear message to merchants of hatred that their divisive actions will not