On 5th November 2017, the MCB was notified about sectarian statements found inside KSIMC of Birmingham on Clifton Road, which is an affiliate of the MCB. A similar incident took place on 25 October 2017 where posters with similar messages were placed around the centre.
The MCB does not tolerate any sectarianism or division made against any Muslim communities. We were in touch with the Mosque on the day of the incident to provide reassurance and assistance. The matter has been reported to the police, who are now looking into the incident. The Association of Muslim Police is also actively engaged in providing support and reassurance to the Mosque.
Local Mosques and Muslim organisations across Birmingham are in the process of organising an event to publicly denounce such sectarian hatred, in a show of solidarity with their fellow Muslims and to send a strong message to hate mongers that such acts will not be tolerated in Birmingham.
The Mosque is very active in supporting local communities, and engages in local interfaith work. It was recently involved in organising a Street Iftar, and they also have an interfaith event coming up as part of Inter Faith week.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said, “Statements such as those found inside the Mosque only sow division within our communities. There is no place for hate, and for this to happen inside a Mosque is deeply worrying. Mosques are places of peace and worship, and these types of attitudes and behaviours go against our Islamic roots. We must overcome and respect differences, and work to strengthen our bonds of unity. We will be monitoring the situation closely and working with local Muslim communities to stand up in solidarity against any form of sectarianism”.