Muslims Condemn Attack On Soldier In Woolwich
The attack took place on 22nd May, where two men attempted to behead a former soldier, hacking at him in front of dozens of witnesses, before both were shot by police who took around 20 minutes to arrive.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) was one of the first to speak out to the masses in the strongest possible terms.
“This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly,” the Council issued. “Our thoughts are with the victim and his family. We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces. Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour. This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder.”
The MCB is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
“This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom,” the Council added. “We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail. It is important we allow our police authorities to do their job without speculation. We also urge the utmost vigilance and ask the police authorities to calm tensions.”
The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), which works with Muslim students and societies around the UK, also stated that it categorically condemned “the senseless and horrifying murder” that had taken place.
They urged a thorough investigation to be carried out and urge the wider society to refrain from jumping to conclusions until all facts become clear.
Further organisations and groups who have condemned the attacks include the Islamic Society of Britain, the East London Mosque, Islamic Help, ENGAGE, the Deen Institute, 1st Ethical Charitable Trust, Islamic Diversity, and even the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) from abroad.
Notably, various Islamic sites on social media have been sharing pictures such as the one below to disassociate themselves from the evil actions.
This picture has been shared more than 1500 times by Muslims around the UK. This number is continuing to grow.