Today, the Muslim Council of Britain has released its ‘6-Step Guide to Keeping Mosques Safe and Secure’ – a dedicated guidance for mosques that details the steps mosque management should take to ensure their institutions and congregations are protected against the advent of potential hate crime offenses.
The release of this Mosque safety guidance follows the MCB’s issuance of reminders on how to report hate crime offenses earlier this week, after death threats against Somali community organisations, and a sharp uptick of online abuse across MCB networks, were reported.
Recent Home Office data indicates that 45% of all recorded religious hate crime offenses in England & Wales were targeted against Muslims in the year ending 2021/21, making the release of MCB’s ‘6-Step Guide to Keeping Mosques More Safe and Secure’ all the more necessary.
Commenting on the release of the Mosque safety guidance, MCB Secretary-General, Zara Mohammed, said:
“The tragic murder of Sir David Amess has left British Muslim communities feeling shocked and apprehensive. There is precedence for hate crime offenses targeting visibly Muslim women, Mosques and their congregations, in particular.
It is important that Muslim communities feel equipped to address the potential challenges ahead. I hope this can also be a time for communities to come together, holding true to the spirit of Sir David’s legacy.”
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- MCB’s ‘6-Step Guide to Keeping Mosques More Safe and Secure’ can be viewed here
- Find MCB’s earlier statement: ‘Mourning the loss of Sir David Amess MP – Muslim Council of Britain Condemns Attack on Democracy’, here.
- See joint statement by Southend Mosques mourning the loss of local MP Sir David Amess, here
- See statement from the Council of Somali Organisations, here
- The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and professional networks.