The Muslim Council of Britain today condemned the ongoing sectarian violence afflicting some countries in the Muslim world. It was exemplified brutally last Thursday through bombings in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing some 120 Muslims
, largely belonging to the Shia tradition.
Speaking out against these murders, Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council said: "We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this horrific sectarian violence, where Muslims are pitted against Muslim.
We are sadly witnessing this ongoing erosion of Islam
values of the dignity of human life and Muslim unity: it is now manifesting itself in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Bahrain
, Indonesia and Pakistan.
There is no justification for these horrible atrocities whatsoever. We reiterate our message of peace, dialogue and reconciliation in this Islamic month of Rabi ul Awwal, the month the blessed Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, was born. He was a mercy to the worlds (Qur'an 21:107). This indiscriminate and brutal violence negates his message.
We call on the perpetrators to reflect on our beloved Prophet's life and immediately cease their violence, persecution and killings.
Farooq Murad added: In the United Kingdom, our Muslim community is blessed in reflecting the rich diversity of the Muslim world. Regardless of school of thought or tradition, British Muslims have come together for the common good. At this time of deep tragedy abroad, let us increase our efforts to promote dialogue and co-operation amongst all communities. Moreover, with so many British Muslims with ties to Pakistan, we call on Pakistan's leaders -- at all levels -- to come together and put an end to the cycle of violence gripping that nation.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest
Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local
charities and schools.
2. Previous related statements:
On Syria - Muslim Council Calls for
United Action to End Butchery in Syria
On Bahrain - Our government must not
look the other way as Bahrain commits gross violations
of human rights
On Pakistan - Malala Yousafzai's rapid
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On Iraq - MCB Condemns Bombing of
Holy Shrine in Iraq