Calderdale Leaders Show Solidarity After Woolwich Attack
Religious leaders in Calderdale and the Yorkshire region have been displaying solidarity after the tragic killing of an ex-soldier by two extremists.
A candle was lit at the Minster by Rev Canon Hilary Barber and council leader Mr Tim Swift read: “As faith and community leaders in Halifax we stand united in condemning the cowardly and criminal killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.”
The attack took place on 22nd May, where two men hacked at a former soldier in front of dozens of witnesses, before being shot by police who took around 20 minutes to arrive.
“This was an abhorrent act that has no place in British society. We believe that this was a heinous act that has nothing to do with the teachings of Islam and the Muslim community,” added Mr Swift. “We are working together to ensure that Calderdale continues to be a place where people from all faiths and no faith, and cultures, can live together harmoniously.”
“We believe it is important that all our communities resist the temptation to allow the actions of individuals to undermine the good community relations we have in the borough, and we are confident that anyone committing crimes motivated by hate will be brought to justice.”
During Friday congregational prayers today, various mosques in Yorkshire such as the Central Jamia Mosque Madni in Halifax and Leeds Makkah Masjid, condemned the attacks in the strongest possible terms.
Mosque leaders also spoke of fears of violence committed against members of the Islamic faith and urged the congregation to keep safe.
Tell MAMA, a charity which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, logged 83 incidents of threats or violence reported by Muslims to its helpline during the 24 hours that came after the Woolwich attacks.
“Most of them have been abuse against Muslims though they also range to threats to kill, murder and attack mosques,” Fiyaz Mughal of Tell MAMA told The Huffington Post UK.
There have been numerous attacks on members of the British Muslim public and places of worship already.
By Hasan Faridi (Editor)