As tensions rise as a result of
the barbaric murder in Woolwich on Wednesday, the Muslim Council of Britain
convened a meeting with a diverse range of faith leaders to speak out against the
attack and to call for calm.
Farooq Murad, Secretary general
of the MCB said at the meeting: "This action will no doubt heighten
tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom. Already, there were reports last
night of mosques being attacked in Essex and Kent. And the English Defence
League, went to stoke hatred in Woolwich last night. They tell us they say
because a British soldier was attacked, but as the pictures show, they ended up
attacking the police."
The Muslim Council of Britain has also communicated with its
affiliate network and mosques to alert them to the threat of reprisals from the
extreme right and convey united sympathy for the victim's family. Mosques have
been urged to take positive steps and stretch a hand of friendship to fellow Britons.
Also speaking at the MCB conference Mr Saeed Ahmed, a community organiser from
Greenwich conveyed his condolences to the family of the victim and also
commended the work of the local Police in assuring communities and calling for
The MCB is heartened by the messages of understanding and reconciliation sent
to the MCB by faith leaders. We urge Muslim communities to reach out to fellow
Britons and testify the true reality of our faith. We call on all our
communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure
the forces of hatred do not prevail.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK's representative
Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local
organisations, mosques, charities and schools