PRESS RELEASE: GLMCC STATEMENT REGARDING HOSTAGE TAKING AT A TEXAS SYNAGOGUEAssima Alam
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) is shocked to hear of the hostage standoff in a Jewish synagogue based in Texas USA.
It has arisen that the perpetrator, a British National from Blackburn UK, was shot dead by armed FBI storming into the synagogue. All 4 hostages were released, and none were physically harmed.
Mohammed Saeed, Chair of Trustees at GLMCC commented:
“Whether alone, part of a group or with the aim to protest rights – any intent to cause harm to innocent lives is not acceptable and far from the teachings of Islam. “
As we have seen in previous incidents, these acts are often carried out by those of an unsound mind. In a statement from the brother of the hostage taker, he apologised to the victims and stated that his brother had been suffering from mental health issues.
We remind everyone of the narration from the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, where he said:
“Whoever wishes to be saved from Hell and admitted into Paradise as desired, they should believe in Allah and the Last Day and treat other people the way they themselves would like to be treated.”
While details are still emerging, we encourage people to remain calm and await the full facts of the investigation.
Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre
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Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is a leading UK mosque situated in the heart of Birmingham serving the community since 1979. Operating from its award-winning grade II listed Victorian building, GLMCC fulfills its mission of inspiring, educating and serving through its educational college, outreach work, welfare services, international humanitarian wing, as well as its fully functional mosque which is attended by thousands every week.
Recognised internationally, GLMCC is a multi-award-winning mosque, having won the 2019 British Muslim Award for Mosque of the Year and the Beacon Awards for ‘Best Run Mosque 2019 and ‘Best Covid Response 2020’.
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