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An Open Letter to the Greater Manchester MP’s, Councillors, Police, Manchester Local Authority and Community Groups
This Letter is supported by: Manchester Council of Mosques, Rochdale Council Mosques, Oldham Mosques Council, Bolton Council Mosques, Stockport Muslims.
Dear Friends and Colleagues
Re: Request to openly support local Muslims and the Nasfat Mosque
The Greater Manchester Muslim Communities has recently released a Press statement following the arson attack to the Nafsat Mosque in Manchester:  There is a growing concern for some time now about the rise of Islamophobia and also the trend to target attacks on Mosques.
Since 2013 some 167 Mosques have been attacked in UK. Some have been bombed and subject to arson attacks. Whilst we appreciate and support of the police service and the local authorities in dealing with these attacks. It appears that attacks on Mosques, like Islamophobia are not taken seriously and is considered normal and expected following a terrorist attack reportedly committed by Daesh. Well it shouldn’t be and fact we consider attacks on Mosques and Muslims when motivated to advance a political, religious, racial or ideological cause as an act of terrorism as well as hate.
The Prime Minister speaking after the Finsbury Mosque terror attack, rightly stated that all forms of terrorism should be challenged and including we say Islamophobic terror attacks perpetrated by those on the Far Right with a violent Anti Muslim and Anti Islam agenda.
The Greater Manchester Council of Mosques and its partners has been asking for greater focus on Far Right terrorism and Islamophobia. We have also specifically highlighted the attacks on Mosques as an area of real concern and anxiety in communities.
Following on from the attack at the Nasfat Centre, we have been surprised and disappointed at the lack of public and overt support for the community or any challenge of the bigoted individuals who carry out these attacks from leading figures in Manchester City Council and local and central government.
We would urge all partners to reflect and take a proactive position in overtly supporting the community. We therefore urge all of us including elected and non elected official, police and voluntary groups to attend the Nasfat Centre on Friday 21 July 2017 for a peace walk and prayer (Juma), commencing at 1pm at the Nasfat Centre, 2 Regent St, Manchester M40 1PW. We further urge all to challenge these attacks publicly and maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards any such attacks. Now is the time to “stand together “, shoulder to shoulder to show these bigots that we will not be divided or be tolerant of their views.
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