The Muslim Council of Britain is
receiving reports of hate attacks and abuse faced by mosques and individual
Muslims following the inexcusable and criminal murder of a British soldier in
South London. The MCB is grateful to the National Association of Muslim Police
(NAMP) for preparing an important advisory note which is now being disseminated
through its affiliate networks and other community links.
Advisory for Mosques and British Muslims
With tensions very high as a result of the murder
that took place in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May, the Muslim Council of Britain
issues the following advice to mosques, associations and British Muslims. We
hope these messages are imparted throughout the country:
Advice for mosques and associations
You are not alone
Reach out to police authorities for liaison, and to
other faith communities and civil society organisations for solidarity. Open up
your mosques, and invite neighbours and the wider community to your mosque and
events. Show the true message of Islam.
Do a risk assessment
See what the risk is to your buildings, communities
and neighbours. Invite the police and local authority to your mosque to see what
can be done to enhance protection.
Secure your buildings
Make sure your mosques and buildings are equipped
with alarms and camera systems, ideally connected to the local police and emergency services. In making your mosques welcoming, make
sure the area outside is cleared of rubbish, which also enhances security.
Keep a record of and report threats straight away to
the police. Do not be tempted to touch suspicious items or confront threatening
behaviour. Keep a record of any threatening emails or calls, and encourage
communities to report this.
For further information, see advice from
National Association of Muslim Police.
Advice for Persons
1. Does the
law protect me?
Anyone can use reasonable force to protect themselves or others, or to
carry out an arrest or to prevent crime. You are not expected to make fine
judgements over the level of force you use in the heat of the moment. So long
as you only do what you honestly and instinctively believe is necessary in the
heat of the moment that would be the strongest evidence of you acting lawfully
and in self-defence. This is still the case if you use something to hand as a
As a general rule, the more extreme the circumstances and the fear felt,
the more force you can lawfully use in self-defence.
Section 3 Criminal Law Act 1967
A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the
prevention of crime, or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of offenders
or suspected offenders.
2. Do I have
to wait to be attacked?
No you do not have to wait to be attacked. If you are in your own
home/business and in fear for yourself or others then the law does not require
you to wait to be attacked before using defensive force yourself or others.
3. How do I
contact the police?
In an emergency where life or property is at risk always call 999,
Otherwise you can contact the police by:
• calling the local number to report a crime that has already happened,
seek crime prevention advice or make us aware of any policing issues in your
• via your local police station.
If you find that your Business has been damaged by disorder then you
must ensure the police are called at the earliest opportunity.
Contact your Safer
Neighbourhood Teams for further information.
Advice from NAMP:
Advice for Mosques
Advice for Persons
Advice for Business