Manchester Arena Attack:
We Condemn the Criminal Lone-Wolf Attacker
By Dr. Musharraf Hussain
This was a dreadful attack on innocent children, mothers and fathers. In fact, it was a brutal and a cowardly attack on all of us, and on our nation. We vehemently condemn the criminal who carried it out, as well as the terrorist organisation ISIS that has claimed responsibility. This criminal terrorist group, also known as Daesh, are an evil force with shocking ideology, and they are enemies of Islam and humanity. It’s obvious that these evil people want to sow dissent and conflict between Muslims and wider society. We must resist this, and shouldn’t let the terrorists win.
We live in a peaceful country, where Muslims are free to practice their religion. This is a basic human right, but also a privilege which we mustn’t abuse. Islam is a religion of the middle way, moderation, and is far away from extremes of all sorts. We believe in upholding the authority of our country’s laws, democracy, pluralism and respecting all fellow citizens. We also condemn anyone who in any form or shape carries out any kind of violence against British citizens.
We caution and invite all Muslims to show loyalty to and take pride in Great Britain and its institutions; this is our Islamic duty.
The Chief Imam at Karimia Institute