Murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was cold, calculated murder
dishonourable act that has no basis in Islam
* We must all stand up to ensure the murderers aim
of sowing division and hate in our British society is not realised.
Commenting on the verdict passed today in the case of
the Drummer Lee Rigby murder, Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim
Council of Britain issued the following statement:
"The murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was truly a
barbaric act. Muslim communities then, as now, were united in their
condemnation of this crime. This was a dishonourable act and no cause justifies
"Once again, we convey our sympathy and
condolences to the family of Lee Rigby, and we commend their dignity they have
displayed ever since this tragic act took place."
"The attackers of Lee Rigby should reflect on
their actions and seek repentance from the Almighty. They have made yet another
family to mourn for their loved one, they have tried to sow division in our
society and they have, once again, besmirched our great religion of
"They claimed that their act was done for
those suffering in wars in Muslim lands. But it is my contention that the vast
majority of our affected brothers and sisters would have nothing to do with
this phoney act done in their name."
"As the murderers now prepare to spend a very
long time in prison, we must all work hard to heal the divisions caused by this
act. There was an exponential increase in hate crimes against Muslims, with
mosques and Islamic centres attacked and vandalised, while Islamophobia and
anti-Muslim hatred were readily accepted in sections of our mainstream
"Thankfully for all the hate, and division,
there were also large pools of solidarity and support across the country.
People of all faiths and none came together not only to condemn the murder, but
also speak out against retaliatory attacks against Muslims."
"Our response to
extremism is to build solidarity across faiths. Extremism
breeds not within communities, but in their gaps and margins. In places
where the webs and safety nets of community that sustain dignity, self-worth,
autonomy and solidarities fail."
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.
2. Background: MCB’s response after Woolwich
a. Muslims Condemn Attack on Soldier in Woolwich
b. Secretary General Calls for Fresh
Thinking on Extremism
c. Muslim Council of Britain responds to Announcement of the Prime
Minister’s Taskforce on Extremism
d. Make Tea, Not War: British Muslims Urged To Open Mosques To Public