In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 23 2013
MUSLIMS CONDEMN WOOLWICH ATTACK ON SOLDIER
The Muslim Council of Southampton wholeheartedly condemns yesterday’s tragic and barbaric killing of an innocent soldier in Woolwich. Our thoughts are with his family during what must be a very difficult time for them.
The perpetrators of this crime must be dealt with under the full force of the law. Whilst it is alleged that these individuals chanted slogans from the Islamic faith to justify their heinous act, this is no way should tarnish a whole faith which number in excess of 1.2 billion people around the world.
We would ask everyone to keep a sense of perspective on this issue. In the last winter according to reports around 30,000 old people died due to cold weather. No cabinet meeting took place to urgently address this tragedy. Last year there were 640 murders in the United Kingdom. Sadly, Britain has already lost many of the cherished freedoms because of terrorism. We must not allow more freedoms to be lost under the guise of protecting the public. As Thomas Jefferson one of the founding fathers of America once said “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”
Sadly, most societies have a violent lunatic fringe and it would be very wrong to tarnish a whole community based on the actions of a small group who openly state they want to promote a clash of civilisations. Such people would be delighted to see a rift open up between the peace loving people of Britain and see random acts of retaliatory violence carried out against the Muslim community. The Muslim community around the world has itself been targeted by the same extremist fringe, with many innocent Muslims being killed.
Let us all join together to root out extremism of all stripes and make Britain a safer and more prosperous society for all.
Notes to editor:
The MCS is a voluntary organisation representing the Muslim community in Southampton. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, empower British Muslims, and promote justice and mutual understanding.
For further information contact:
M Afzal Khan
Media Liaison Officer
Muslim Council of Southampton
53 Ropewalk Centre
Southampton SO14 0DJ
Tel: 023 8098 6998
Mobile: 075 9567 7371