MCB praises London police to increase security at Islamic centres
Steps long overdue after now two suspected acts of arson in London and many
more across the country
Muslim Council calls on police forces across the country to follow the Met's
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomed the decision by
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to 'increase police
presence around locations that might be at risk' across all boroughs of London.
The decision comes after yet another suspicious fire at an Islamic institution,
the Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst. Earlier in the week, an Islamic centre
in North London was destroyed in a suspected anti-Muslim arson attack, and many
more centres attacked across the country.
Welcoming the move, Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the
Muslim Council of Britain said: "This is a step in the right direction.
The belated introduction of police patrols for Islamic centres is welcome, and
I hope police authorities across the country follow the leadership taken by the
Metropolitan Police. There has been dozens of incidents of Islamophobic hate
crimes, and it is important for us to have a national response to complement
the excellent local police actions in certain parts of our country."
Farooq Murad added: "I fully agree with the
Metropolitan Police Commissioner when he says that the murder of Drummer Lee
Rigby should not be used as an excuse to divide us. Many of our fellow Britons,
including the family of the victim, have reached out to Muslims to
repudiate the reprisals made since the tragic murder. Just as the vast majority
of British Muslims condemned the Woolwich murder and insisted the horror was
contrary to the teachings of Islam.”