Mosque Stabbings Add to UK Muslim Pains
16 Jun 2013 12:18 GMT
 

CAIRO - Amid escalating anti-Muslim attacks, three British Muslim worshippers and a police officer have been stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham, adding to Muslims growing concerns about their safety in their mosques.

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CAIRO - Amid escalating anti-Muslim attacks, three British Muslim worshippers and a police officer have been stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham, adding to Muslims growing concerns about their safety in their mosques.

“The Ramadhan Foundation expresses its deep concern at the stabbing of three people and a police officer in the Ward End mosque in Birmingham last night,” Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation, told The Guardian on Sunday, June 16.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the victims injured and their families.”

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The attack occurred during the night prayer at Washwood Heath Road in Ward End neighborhood in the East of Birmingham.

Calling in police officers at about 23:00 BST on Saturday, West Midlands police said three men were found with stab injuries.

While a 32-year-old suspect was being arrested, one of the officers was himself stabbed.

“Police were called at 11pm on Saturday night to a mosque in Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, to reports of three men with stab wounds,” a spokeswoman for West Midlands police said.

“Officers arrived at the incident and whilst the man was being detained, one police officer also suffered a stab wound.

“The three people and the officer have been taken to hospital, all are currently described as stable,” he added.

All four of the victims were in a stable condition in hospital.

A number of mosques have been targeted after the machete killing of an army soldier by two converts of immigrant origin in Woolwich near London.

The killing also sparked a large increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the days that followed, according to the organization Faith Matters, which works to reduce extremism.

Las week, a fire gutted the Darul Uloom Islamic school in Foxbury Avenue in south-east London. Police described the blaze at the Islamic school as “suspicious”.

It came after a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre in north London.

Initials of the far-right English Defence League was found scrawled on the side of that building.

Investigations

Putting all options open before them, police officers said they were investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.

“We don't know at the moment, it's very early stages in the inquiry,” the spokeswoman said.

“We can't rule anything out at the moment.”

Shafiq, the leader of Ramadhan Foundation, shared a similar opinion.

“It is too early to speculate on the circumstances of the stabbings but we must be clear there should be no place for this sort of violence in our country,” he said.

“There will obviously be people who will try to take advantage of this tragedy but we must not allow them to succeed.”

Hostility against British Muslims has been on the rise since the machete attack of an army soldier in London last month, which Muslims condemned as running against the basic Islamic teachings.

Some 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” have been reported since the May 22 killing, according to Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain.

The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.

Britain is home of a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.

A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.

A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net



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