STATEMENT BY AOBM ON LONDON TERROR ATTACKS

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London has been attacked as Manchester was before it.

The United Kingdom yet again has been targeted by an ideology that has is responsible for similar atrocities around the world most recently in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in the Philippines.

We are thankful for the police and emergency services for their immediate responses to protect Londoners and confront these violent criminals.

As British Muslims in this the month of Ramadan many of us finished our fasts and were praying but these three terrorists were causing death and suffering.

Understand that these terrorists act on an ideology that seeks to impose an extreme brand of politicalised religion of what it calls Islam worldwide.

This is not the Islam followed by Muslims worldwide and never will – this is a poison that needs to be challenged by all right thinking human beings whatever their background.

This was an attack on us all and as we come together here in the United Kingdom – let us pray and stand with each other and confront not just these terrorists but also their ideology and yes their apologists hatreds, conspiracies and fear with our love, determination and courage.

Let us stand together united and let us stand free.

#WeAreNotAfraid

Daesh and Orlando

Thousands of people gathered in London’s Soho district on Monday 13th June 2016 to hold a vigil for the 49 people killed by the terrorist Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida. The Association of British Muslims was proud to be among those paying their respects. We watched in silence as 49 balloons rose into the sky symbolising the needless deaths carried out by a Daesh supporting assassin.

Daesh would like to drive a wedge between the LGBT community and Muslims – as would the Far Right. The AoBM is determined to stop that happening. We are the oldest Muslim association in Britain and it’s our aim to build unity between all Britons regardless of faith, ethnicity or sexuality.

It was heartening to see many LGBT Muslims in Soho on Monday standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters. All of us expressed our disgust at the murderous acts of Daesh. The terrorists direct vulnerable or unstable people to commit murder without any thought for the consequences. Individuals like Mateen are just pawns in their battle. Once they have served their purpose, Daesh looks for others to brainwash with their distorted version of Islam.

It is sickening that the gunning down of people in Orlando happened during Ramadan. Daesh and their puppet Mateen clearly had no idea about the true meaning of the holy month. This shows the bankruptcy of Daesh as it loses territory and descends to becoming a blood soaked terrorist gang. The threat it poses in our communities is very real and the AoBM will be at the forefront of pushing back against extremist narratives and the ideology of terrorism.

AoBM Statement on the Orlando Attack

The Creator does not tell us to hate, let alone harm, anyone because of their differences to us. We have all been created by the same Merciful and Gracious Creator. We cannot but condemn this attack on the innocent people of Orlando, Florida.

LGBTQ people are too often targets of violence. Our deepest condolences to the loved ones and families of the victims of this attack. We stand in solidarity with them and pray the Most High eases their suffering.

Our Creator didn’t create us to hate or to cause friction between people, therefore we at the Association of British Muslims (AoBM) will redouble our efforts to oppose all forms of violence and bigotry in the name of religion and we ask that people of all religions and the wider society challenge homophobia alongside anti-Muslim hate, rascism, anti-Semitism, in fact all forms of extremism and bigotry.

We will not let hate and violence succeed. We will stand together united and those who wish to cause division will know they cannot succeed.

Mohammed Abbasi, Co-Director,  AoBM

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director, AoBM

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, Director of Innovation, AoBM

Zahid Akbar, Director of Human Rights & Legal Affairs, AoBM

Dr Khurshid Ahmed CBE, Director for International Activities, AoBM

Mustafa K Erol, Midlands Director of Time to Help UK

Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths & None

Dr. Mohammad Mozaffari, Leeds Muslim Youth Group

Ismael Lea South, The Salam Project

Sadik Cinar, Executive Director, Dialogue Society

Ilknur Kahraman, Co-Director, Dialogue Society

Seval Gokce, Executive Director, Mevlana Rumi Mosque

Rehman Anwer, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA

Mohammed Shafiq, Ramadhan Foundation

Aisha Ali-Khan, Human Rights Activist

Mustafa Field MBE, Director, Faiths Forum for London

Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London

Sayed Zafar Abbas, Imam of Anjuman e Husainiyah, Newcastle upon Tyne

Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer

Imam Ghulam Rasool QTS, Director, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust UK and JadeDome Consultancy

Tamina Mir, Humanity Activist and Women Buzz Network

Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam

Arshad Ashraf, British Muslim TV

Rubab Mehdi H Rizvi, Markazi Imam Hussain Council (MIHC)

Sheikh Dr Ramzy, Islamic Information Centre, Oxford

Captain Naveed Muhammad MBE

Akeela Ahmed

Mufti Abu Layth

Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha

Afzal Khan CBE MEP

Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL

 

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