Muslim organisations in UK appalled by atrocity

Muslim Council of Britain
Following the attack on Manchester Arena last night, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, issued the following statement,
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I understand teenagers and children have been caught up in what the police has confirmed to be a terrorist attack. This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.   I pay tribute to the police and emergency services who have worked valiantly to save lives last night. They were helped by civilians who rushed in to offer their support. I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.”
The Greater Manchester Muslim Community is saddened and horrified by reports of yet another terror attack, this time in our very city at the Manchester Arena yesterday. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and our emergency services who are at the forefront of dealing with this tragic incident. This is and will always be a mindless and unjustifiable act, targeting the innocent and young in this indiscriminate manner. The perpetrators, whoever they may be, must bear the full consequences of their actions. We note that GMP are treating this as a Terrorist Incident and offer any support that they may need at this difficult time, we urge our communities to remain calm and alert. We would also urge all to support our emergencies services in this difficult hour.
Manchester Council of Mosques: MCOM

MCOM represent over 70 mosques in Manchester with a combined congregation of over 80,000 people. MCOM aims to work for Manchester and beyond to be a great place to worship, live, work and prosper in. MCOM regularly issues statements and press releases to mosques and the wider society to build a just and harmonious society. Qadir Cohan-Chair Manchester Council of Mosques commented,

“Today, we wake up to the sad news of an terror attack at the heart of our city that has killed many innocent individuals, tragically some are our very young who were at the concert with friends and families. Manchester communities are strong and resilient and will no doubt deal with this latest tragedy in the usual Mancunian way working together and not allowing anyone to hijack this tragic event for their own agenda. We ask all communities to be extra vigilant over the coming weeks and support our police service with any information that they may have to prevent any further incidents.”
Bolton Council of Mosques: BCoM

The Bolton Council of Mosques (BCoM) has been uniting, and standing up for Muslims in Bolton for over 20 years. Its goal is to ensure that all Muslims have the opportunity to take an active part in building a better society for everyone who lives in Bolton by involving them at a grass roots level, and highlighting the vital contribution they make to the town. BCoM has 26 affiliated Mosques. Imteyaz Ali- Bolton Council Mosques commented,

“We are shocked at the tragic news of this terror attack at the heart of Manchester City Centre, the tragic loss of life and the sheer scale is difficult to comprehend. We ask for all to stay calm and support our emergency services in whatever way they can to help them in this hour”.
Rochdale Council of Mosques: RCM
The Rochdale Council of Mosques has been working with communities in Rochdale since 2003 and it has 15 mosques affiliated to it. Our vision is to develop successful, confident and united Muslims, who pursue their aspirations with respect and dignity in order to make valuable contributions to the economic, spiritual and civic life of Rochdale. Our work is about developing a framework for addressing issues affecting local Muslim people through effective partnership working, promoting harmony and unity between the people of Rochdale. We endeavour to consult, contribute, help develop and where needed, deliver services which meet the needs of the Muslim communities living in Rochdale. We also act as a gateway to service providers, enhancing access and participation of the Muslim community. Tahir Mahmood-Rochdale Council Mosques commented,
“We are horrified by this attack and the loss of all lives and injuries to all victims. This tragedy has struck at the heart of our communities and we will work with all concerned to ensure that we help the victims and emergency services in dealing with the aftermath”.
 Bradford Council of Mosques

“There are no words to capture the deep anger and frustration we feel by this cowardly and despicable attack on innocent lives at the Manchester arena. What should have been an enjoyable evening turned to be one of mayhem resulting in loss of life especially of young people. It will also prove to a life changing experience for all involved. In keeping with our tradition, Bradford Communities undoubtedly will stand in defiance and united with families of the victims and doing all that we can to share their pain and loss.”

Rehana Faisal, representing both the Sunni and Luton Council of Mosques, said: “We are truly devastated by the senseless loss of lives in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
“Whilst all life is precious, the deliberate targeting of children and young people is cruel beyond words and measure.
“As the country unites in its grief today, we hope and pray for the courage and wisdom within our communities to continue to build peace and tolerance for all.”
Zafar Khan, Luton Council of Faiths chair, said: “We are deeply pained, distressed and grieved by the terror attack in Manchester.
“We condemn this evil act in the strongest terms. Such ongoing barbaric and sickening attacks, specifically targeted at young people, have no justification and are cowardly acts.
“Terrorism is profoundly at odds with the values of our faith’s traditions and has no place in the fabric of our society. Such attacks are designed to continue to divide people.
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the victims and families affected and to the people of Manchester. We ask people in Luton and across the country to come and stand together.
“We will continue to defy darkness with the light of our unity. Let us watch out for each other’s wellbeing and connect hearts and minds to strengthen our collective hope that lies in our shared humanity.”

East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre, ‘We are shocked and saddened by the appalling criminal attack in Manchester last night. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families of this attack.

 Such barbaric acts of violence can never be attributed to any faith, nor should we let it divide our communities. We praise the response of the emergency services that have helped save lives yesterday.  We note that reprisal attacks on mosques have taken place. We urge all in the community to remain vigilant in this difficult time.’  We stand united with Manchester, the British people in general and people all over the world who suffer at the hands of the small yet dangerous minority of murderous extremists and remind people that terrorism has no religion and despite their claim, the terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. We urge all peace-loving people of all racial and religious/non-religious backgrounds to stay united in the face of terror and to not let the extremists divide us.
Wiltshire Islamic Cultural Centre unequivocally condemns the Manchester suicide bombing on 22nd May. We echo the sentiments of the Muslim Council of Britain and hundreds of other Mosques and Islamic organisations up and down the country, in their shock and devastation at the barbaric and cowardly attack which targeted innocent lives, including those of young people. We also urge people to look out for one another, stay vigilant and co-operate with the authorities if they know or are aware of any extremist activity . . . For comment, we refer you in the first instance, to the Muslim Council of Britain, which is a national representative Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools. For further information please visit our website www.wiltshire-icc.org
Hyderi Islamic Centre, South London is holding a candle-light vigil outside the centre, 25 May, 7.30-8pm, “in remembrance of the loss of innocent lives in the attack in Manchester as well as around the world.”