The following statement, which we have paraphrased slightly but which we endorse, was issued by Seyed Sadreddin Safavi of the International Peace Studies Centre in condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London (to view the original statement in full click here):
The recent barbaric terrorist attacks in London and Manchester are the work of inhumane individuals. These acts of terror by individuals masquerading as Muslims, are against the very letter and spirit of the Qur’an and Islamic law. In Islamic law neither in peace nor war, is it permissible to kill civilians, or cause terror and chaos in society. Their crime is a crime against humanity.
We are filled with sorrow and grief for the victims of these heinous crimes, and honor the men and women in uniform who risk their lives in combating these heinous acts of terror, and admire the cohesion and spirit of unity in British society who do not give in to terror, and answer the terrorist call for division, chaos and hate, with unity, order and love.
The Muslim community in Britain and across Europe must rise up against the savagery perpetuated by those who claim to be Muslim but their actions reveal their evil nature.
- First, Peace loving Muslim communities must vocally condemn these acts, and vocally and in action oppose those who support the cancer of terror that has spread across the globe by Wahabbism.
- Second, Muslim communities must take back the mosques in their local area from the preachers of hate who poison the mind of our youth.
- Third, as a community we must use social media to combat the campaign of hate and terror of Daesh (ISIS) and like minded groups.
Our social media campaign must work on two general fronts:
First to promote the true Islam, which is the Islam of peace and dialogue, the Islam of stability and respect for differences of opinion, and teach our youth that the savage ideology of Daesh and all those who support it or hold the same world view is opposed to Islam and condemned by Islamic law and the majority of Muslims. To do this the works of Muslim thinkers in the West such as Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr is of great use and benefit.
Second, Daesh and its followers aim to divide our communities across Britain, they aim to cause an atmosphere of Islamophobia and hate, we must confront this in our social media campaign and inform our fellow citizens in Europe that we stand side by side in opposing these barbaric terrorist movements and acts.
We will stand united in the face of terror, we will say no to hate, and we will defeat the ideology of hate which has taken the lives of thousands of individuals from all walks of life and all faiths across the globe.
by Seyed Sadreddin Safavi