Press Release: New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Press Release: New Zealand Terrorist Attack

15 March 2019

PRESS RELEASE

GLMCC Response to New Zealand Terrorist Attack

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

Truly, to Allah we belong and truly to Him we shall return.

إِنَّ للهِ ما أَخَذ، وَلَهُ ما أَعْطى، وَكُلُّ شَيءٍ عِنْدَهُ بِأَجَلٍ مُسَمَّى.فَلْتَصْبِر

وَلْتَحْتَسِب

Surely, Allah takes what is His, and what He gives is His, and to all things He has appointed a time … so have patience and be rewarded. 

Green Lane Mosque & Community Centre (GLMCC) is saddened and shocked to hear of the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today. This is a barbaric act against the Muslim community and people of New Zealand. 

We strongly condemn these terrorist attacks, which are an evil act of extremism in a place of worship. We thank the New Zealand Prime Minister for recognising this as an act of terrorism.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and wounded. We pray that God gives patience to their families through these difficult times and guides the people of New Zealand through this tragedy.

This is an extraordinarily twisted act of violence. It is rooted in an extremist ideology that stretches around the world through the far right and is very prominent now in Western Europe and America. It is a hatred for diversity and culturalism. 

The risk from far right extremists has been on the rise for years now. Governments need to ensure that they address the issue properly. This form of extremism has fallen under the radar in many aspects, including the media. The threat from the far right is very serious and growing and we cannot ignore it.

We are well aware of the concerns around this at GLMCC. Only a few years ago in 2013, one of our congregation members (Mohammed Saleem) was murdered by far right extremist Pavlo Lapshyn.

Our response to such heinous crimes is to show unity rather than allowing the terrorists to cause division. Care and compassion for each other is the best way to counter such evil acts. Community members and a church group have already contacted the mosque showing their solidarity with us. 

For those that may be worried about attending prayers at the Masjid today, GLMCC is working closely with the West Midlands Police and there will be a more visible Police presence today to reassure the community. The general message to the community is to stay calm but vigilant.

Please pray for the martyred, the wounded and their families.

And we seek Allah’s help and protection in all matters. 

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Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
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Tel: 0121 713 0080
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