PRESS RELEASE 22nd March 2016
Scores of people have been killed and wounded after explosions blasted at Brussels airport and a metro station in the city centre.
British Muslims, along with all other communities, are shocked and dismayed at yet another attack in Europe, after last year’s Paris attacks.
Chief Imam of Leeds Makkah Mosque, Imam Qari Asim said: “We stand united with the people of Brussels in this tragic hour; our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of these horrific attacks.”
Qari Asim said: “Terrorism is a global phenomenon and a challenge of our time. The recent attacks on Turkey last week and now in Brussels call for a robust and co-ordinated approach to tackle the growing violence caused by terrorism. The terrible blasts and killings are not only an attack on the people of Brussels, but an attack on all of us.”
“Through their evil actions, the terrorists have shown that they have no regard for any religion or humanity. They are committing terror and killing people indiscriminately, across the globe, irrespective of faith, nationality and background of the victims. The terrorists have maligned Islam – religion of peace- for their own political and territorial goals”, said Qari Asim
“The terrorists who have carried out these horrific attacks want to create a climate of fear and anger in Europe. The heinous crimes of these terrorists must not be allowed to destabilise the good relationships that exist between faith groups and communities within Europe. In the days ahead, some people will peddle anti-Muslim hate; we have already seen hash tag #StopIslam trending. We must stand firm, with compassion and solidarity, against hatred and violence. We must not play into the divisive and poisonous narrative of extremists.”
A spokesperson for Leeds Muslim Council, Haji Muhammad, said: “The barbaric and despicable acts of sympathisers of the pseudo ‘Islamic State’ are absolutely contrary to the teachings of Islam. These callous and cowardly attacks on fellow humans are attacks on our shared universal values.”