Statement Of Solidarity From British Faith Communities on Paris Attacks.

*This statement is an extension of the previous statement (see the previous post for more info). This is supported by a broad list of Muslim individuals and organisations, along with many individuals and groups from other faiths. Includes the full official list of signatories.

14 November 2015

 

A statement of solidarity from British faith communities.
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We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.
Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.

 

There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.
British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.

 

We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.
Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.
It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.

Signed:

-Imtiyaz Damiel, Abu Hanifah Foundation

-Shaykh Imran Abdali, Chair, Ahle Sunnah wal Suffiya Foundation

-Imam Ajmal Masroor, Broadcaster, Alchemiya

-Adil Mohammed Javed (British Muslim Actor), CEO & Artistic Director, Alchemy Arts

-Dr. Hussain Alsaffar, Alderhey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

-Ayatullah Sayed Fazel Milani, Al-Khoei Foundation

-Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths and None (AFAN)

-Alnoor Samji

-Shaz Manir, CEO, Amirah Foundation

-Stuart Andrew MP, Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, & Member of Parliament for Pudsey

-Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia

-Naz Shah MP, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, & Member of Parliament for Bradford West

-Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on Islamophobia

-Arif Zaman

-Henna Rai, Director of Counter Extremism, Association of British Muslims (AOBM), Kaleidoscope Arts Faith & Culture, & Women Against Radicalisation

-Ahsan Gulabkhan, Association of Muslim Lawyers

-Ifath Nawaz, Vice President, Association of Muslim Lawyers

-Asif Sadiq, Chair, Association of Muslim Police

-Rasool Bhamani, Baab-Ul-Ilm Centre Leeds

-Sir Iqbal Sacrani OBE, Balham Mosque & Tooting Islamic Centre

-Esmond Rosen, Chair, Barnet Multi-Faith Forum

-Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy, Barts Health NHS Trust

-Dr. Imran Awan, Birmingham City University

-Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham

-Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Bradford Imams Forum

-Fadel Soliman, Director, Bridges Global

-Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

-Maulana Ahmed Nessar Beg, British Muslim Forum

-Aamer Naeem, Editor in Chief, British Muslim TV

-Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director, British Muslim Youth

-Shaykh Michael Mumisa, University of Cambridge

-Sayyed Zafrullah Shah, Chair, Care and Relief Foundation

-Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei, Centre for Academic Shia Studies

-Matthew Bolton, Deputy Director, Citizens UK

-Rameez Kaleem, Chair & Trustee, City Circle

-Yousef Dar, Chair, Community Safety Forum

-Cllr. Hashim Bhatti, Windsor, Executive Member of Conservative

Muslim Forum, & Three Faiths Forum Alumni Board

-Dr. Anas Altikriti, CEO, The Cordoba Foundation

-Chaudhary Shafique, Chairman, Council For Christian Muslim Relations, High Wycombe

-Dr. Akber Mohamedali, President, The Council of European Jamaats

-Council of Mosques and Muslim Organisations of Newport (COMMON)

-Qari Muhammad Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds, &Independent Member, Cross Government Working Group Tackling Anti Muslim Hatred

-Iftikhar Awan, Chair, Independent Members, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

Karim Sacoor, Community Activist & Independent Member, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Zaqir Shaikh, Darul Arqam Educational Trust Leicester, Wayfarers Trust Nottingham, & Imam Masjid al-Mustapha, Leicester

-Dr. Abul Kalam, Khatib, Docklands Community Organisation Mosque

-Imam Ghulam Rasool, Director, Dome and HSBT Sandwell, Tipton

-Imran & Aina Khan, Head of Islamic Department, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

-Akeela Ahmed, Equalities Campaigner

-Shaukat Warraich, CEO, Faith Associates, & Chief Editor, Imamsonline.com

-Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder & Director, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA UK

-Bharath Ganesh, Tell MAMA UK

-Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London

-Mustafa Field MBE, Faiths Forum for London

-Haroon Bhabha, Family Support Worker

-Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Park Mosque

-Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, Senior Imam, Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield

-Shaykh M Shabbir Sialvi, Executive Imam, Golden Mosque, Rochdale

-Ufuk Secgin, Chairman, Hasene Humanitarian Aid UK

-Khurshid Ahmed CBE, CEO, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust

-Sultan Niaz ul Hasan-Jade, Chair, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust UK

-Nick Lowles, Hope Not Hate

-Sayed Qassim Al Jalali, Huda Surrey Islamic Centre

-Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer, Scotland

-Esmat Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre

-Imam Abdullah Hasan, Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA)

-Khurshid Drabu CBE, Judge, Upper Tier Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, London

-Ragih Muflihi, CEO, Inclusive Muslim Action Network

-Nasar Iqbal, Founder & Operations Director, Innovate Walsall

-Rasheeda Begum, Interfaith Activist

-Sarah Ager, Interfaith Activist

-Rubab Mehdi, Chairwoman, International Imam Hussain Council

-Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL

-Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Chair, Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council, & Imam, Islamic Centre Ireland

-Farooq Murad, Director General, The Islamic Foundation, & former Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Sughra Ahmed, President, Islamic Society of Britain

-Mubarak Ali, Secretary, Islamic Society of Wales

-Mohammad Ehsan Rangiha, Chairman, Islamic Unity Society

-Farhad Mawani, Vice-President, Ismaili Council for the UK

-Salim Janmohamed, Ismaili Council for the UK

-Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian

-Hafiz Saeed Makki, Finance Secretary, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat

-Harris Iqbal, Head of Operations, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation

-Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani, Knowledge Initiative Academy

-Dr. Mohammad Mozaffari, Co-Founder & Trustee, Leeds Muslim Youth Group

-Moulana Shahid Raza OBE, Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque, & Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)

-Cllr. M Aslam Choudry, London Borough of Brent

-Yasmin Choudhury, Founder, Lovedesh & Amcariza Foundation

-Zafar Khan, Chairman, Luton Council of Faiths

-Imam Irfan Chishti, Manchester Central Mosque

-Sayed Ali Reza Rizvi, Markaz Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre

-Moulana Abdul Wahhab, Markaz ud Da’wah wal Irshad, London

-Shaykh Talat, MCEC, Palmers Green Mosque

-Rashid Brora, Chairman, Medina Mosque, Southampton

-Afzal Khan MEP, Vice-Chair, Security & Defence, Member of European Parliament

-Jalal Fairooz, Secretary General, Bahrain Campaign, & Former Member of Parliament (Bahrain)

-Khalid Mahmood MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

-Yasmin Qureshi MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East

-Caroline Lucas MP, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

-Commander Mak Chishty, Metropolitan Police

-Laura Marks, Founder, Mitzvah Day

-Dr. Omar Hamdoon, President, Muslim Association of Britain

-Dr. Shuja Shafi, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Dr. Javed Gill (Convener), Muslim Council of Scotland

-Adbul-Azim Ahmed, Muslim Council of Wales

-Fahim Mazhary, Consultant, Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Saleha Islam, Director Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Mohammed Khaled Noor, Muslim Professionals Forum

-Fayyaz Haji, President, Muslim Shia ithnathery Jamaat, Essex

-Jawad Kadhum Alkhalisi, Muslim Youth Association

-Dilwar Hussain, Director, New Horizons

-Julie Siddiqi & Laura Marks, Co-Chairs, Nisa-Nashim Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network

-Sheikh Mohammad Al-Hilli, Noor Trust, London

-Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Office of British Imams

-Abdul Buhari, 2012 GB Olympic Athlete

-Makhdoom Amjad Shah, TV Anchor, Journalist & CEO, OverseasPakistan Community

-Adeem Younis, Director, Penny Appeal, & Founder, singlemuslim.com

-Syed Faruq Shah, Chair, Qamar UK Islam

-Dawood Masood, Quba Trust

-Adam Deen, Quilliam Foundation

-Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation

-Shaykh Khalil ibn Elyas Laher, Quwwat-ul-Islam, London

-Shaykh Muhammad Umar ibn Ramadhan, Chairman, Ramadhan Foundation

-Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation

-Mohammed Mojibul Hoque, Redcar Cleveland Islamic & Cultural Organisation

-Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman, Remembering Srebrenica

-Rimla Akhtar MBE, Equality Activist

-Julie Siddiqi, Founder, Sadaqa Day

-Jawad Fairooz, Salam for Democracy & Human Rights

-Jagjit Singh Khambe, Sant Nirankari Mission UK

-Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

-Yusuf Rios, Shaukani Institute, USA

-Sheikh Zymer Salihi

-Peter Herbert, Chair, Society of Black Lawyers

-Muhammad Muneeb Noorani, Imam, South Indian Sunni, Shafi’i Community, London

-Sheikh Nazim, Sufi Centre London UK

-Maulana Bustan Qadri, Secretary, Sunni Confederation of Mosques

-Imam Hashmi, Sunni ‘Ulema Council

-Sheikh Bahri Boja, UK Albanian Muslim Community & Cultural Centre, London

-Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Chairman, Utrujj Foundation

-Dr. Masood Yousef, Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs/Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru

-Waqar Ahmed MBE

-Tamina Mir, Women Buzz Network

-Mohammad Al-Musawi, World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)

-Dr. Asgar Moledina, President, The World Federation of KSIMC

-Zulfikar Hasham, Community Activist

British Muslim Communities Send A Message Of Solidarity. #WeAreAllParisians

14 November 2015

A statement of solidarity from British Muslim communities.

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We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.

Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.

There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.

British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.

We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.

Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.

It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.

 

Signed:
-Aamer Naeem, Editor in Chief, British Muslim TV

-Abdul Buhari, 2012 GB Olympic Athlete

-Adil Mohammed Javed (British Muslim Actor), CEO & Artistic Director, Alchemy Arts

-Akeela Ahmed, Equalities Campaigner

-Alnoor Samji

-Arif Zaman

-Ayatullah Sayed Fazel Milani, Al-Khoei Foundation

-Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia

-Caroline Lucas MP, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

-Chaudhary Shafique, Chairman, Council For Christian Muslim Relations, High Wycombe

-Cllr. Hashim Bhatti, Windsor, Executive Member of Conservative Muslim Forum, & Three Faiths Forum Alumni Board

-Cllr. M Aslam Choudry, London Borough of Brent

-Dawood Masood, Quba Trust

-Dilwar Hussain, Director, New Horizons

-Dr. Akber Mohamedali, President, The Council of European Jamaats

-Dr. Asgar Moledina, President, The World Federation of KSIMC

-Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham

-Dr. Imran Awan, Birmingham City University

-Dr. Masood Yousef, Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs/Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru

-Dr. Shuja Shafi, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman, Remembering Srebrenica

-Esmat Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre

-Esmond Rosen, Chair of Barnet Multi-Faith Forum

-Fahim Mazhary, Consultant, Al Manaar, British Muslim Heritage Centre

-Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder & Director, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA

-Harris Iqbal, Head of Operations, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation

-Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on Islamophobia

-Henna Rai, Director of Counter Extremism, AOBM, Kaleidoscope Arts Faith & Culture, & Women Against Radicalisation

-Iftikhar Awan, Chair, Independent Members, Cross-GovernmentWorking Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Imam Abdullah Hasan, Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA)

-Imam Irfan Chishti, Manchester Central Mosque

-Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, Senior Imam, Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield

-Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL

-Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian

-Jawad Fairooz, Salam for Democracy & Human Rights

-Julie Siddiqi, Co-Chair, Nisa-Nashim Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network

-Karim Sacoor, Community Activist & Independent Member, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Khalid Mahmood MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

-Khurshid Drabu CBE

-Makhdoom Amjad Shah, Tv Anchor, Journalist & CEO, Overseas Pakistan Community

-Maulana Ahmed Nessar Beg, British Muslim Forum

-Mohammad Ehsan Rangiha, Chairman, Islamic Unity Society

-Mohammed Mojibul Hoque, Redcar Cleveland Islamic & Cultural Organisation

-Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation

-Moulana Shahid Raza OBE, Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque

-Moulana Shahid Reza, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board

-Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London

-Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director, British Muslim Youth

-Mustafa Field, Faiths Forum for London

-Nasar Iqbal, Founder & Operations Director, Innovate Walsall

-Naz Shah MP, Member of Parliament for Bradford West

-Nick Lowles, Hope Not Hate

-Peter Herbert, Chair, Society of Black Lawyers

-Qari Muhammad Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds

-Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths and None

-Rimla Akhtar MBE, Equality Activist

-Saleha Islam, Director Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

-Sayed Ali Reza Rizvi, Markaz Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre

-Shaykh M Shabbir Sialvi, Executive Imam, Golden Mosque, Rochdale

-Shaykh Muhammad Umar ibn Ramadhan, Chairman, Ramadhan Foundation

-Shaykh Talat, MCEC, Palmers Green Mosque

-Shaz Manir, CEO, Amirah Foundation

-Sheikh Mohammad Al-Hilli, Noor Trust, London

-Sir Iqbal Sacrani OBE, Balham Mosque & Tooting Islamic Centre

-Stuart Andrew MP, Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, Member of Parliament for Pudsey

-Sughra Ahmed, President, Islamic Society of Britain

-Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

-Tamina Mir, Women Buzz Network

-Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation

-Yasmin Choudhury, Founder, Lovedesh & Amcariza Foundation

-Yasmin Qureshi MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East

-Yousef Dar, Chair, Community Safety Forum

-Zafar Khan, Chairman, Luton Council of Faiths

-Zulfikar Hasham, Community Activist

Press Release (14/11/15 at 12:45 a.m.) – Horror Attacks in Paris

 

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Tonight we see a number of cowardly attacks unfolding on the streets of Paris. The death toll currently stands at 140 (according to AFP News agency suggesting that 100 were killed alone in the Bataclan Theatre), but no doubt this will increase significantly in the coming hours and days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have lost their lives. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, and despite the desires of these terrorists, we will not let them divide us.

It is not clear who is behind the attack just yet, but reports seem to suggest that the perpetrators have some link to ISIS/Al Qaeda or such groups. The key factor being that those who have committed murder and bloodshed tonight will no doubt claim that they did this in the name of Islam.

As Muslims we cannot and must not remain silent. In fact, merely speaking out against such heinous crimes is also no longer enough in itself. It is now time, as proud Muslims, that we actively fight back against this tide of menace in order to reclaim our faith. Our faith, Islam, the faith which is the front and centre of our lives; our faith that provides us with hope, solace, patience; our faith which in its essence is a message of peace – is being hijacked and perverted. The world at large is beginning to believe that Islam is synonymous with violence and extremism; yet the vast and overwhelming majority of us Muslims know this not to be true. However, if we do not become more proactive, more ambitious and more determined than these terrorists to reclaim our faith, our religion will further be hijacked.

There will be groups and people from the Muslim community who in the coming hours and days will be on our T.V screens giving the Muslim response to these attacks. No doubt they will condemn these crimes, but ‘some’ will lay the blame squarely at the feet of Western foreign policy as being the cause of these crimes. Whatever the rights and wrong of Western foreign policy, there is simply no excuse for such violence; there certainly is no possible justification for such attacks in Islam. To speak only about foreign policy whilst diminishing the fact, or even excluding it entirely, that our faith is being hijacked is part of the problem and not the solution.

Let us be perfectly clear. There is no justification for such crimes in Islam. These attacks are not just an affront to humanity, but Islam, too. In fact the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) warned and foretold us about these extremist imposters who would claim to be acting in the name of Islam, but would in reality be considered the ‘dogs of Hell’. In traditional Islamic jurisprudence these terrorists are known as the Khawarij. They are terrorists and murderers. They are not Muslim and do not represent Islam. As Muslims we must not shy away from making this known loudly and clearly.

This really must be a turning point for the Muslim world, where we, as Muslims, become more invigorated and resourceful in our own battle (speaking metaphorically) against this Khawarijite ideology that has poisoned the Islamic faith. In recent times there has been growing activism from within the Muslim community to stem the tide of terrorism. This has been led by Islamic scholars, Imams and countless Muslim organisations. However, nights like tonight remind us that we have a long way to go. We have achieved so much with so little, but we must push on ahead. These actions will not deter us in our aims; rather it will only embolden our unwavering determination to work harder and even more tirelessly. Enough lives have been lost; far too many families have had their families ripped away from them. This cannot go on any longer. As the people of Paris restart to build their lives, as Muslims, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with them. We will not stop until the scourge of extremism is once and truly eliminated.