Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the victims and families of all those affected
by the attack in Finsbury Park. This was a cowardly and shameful act of barbarism. It is
particularly galling that it occurred as worshippers were leaving their mosque, following an
evening of prayers and reflection on God's message of love and peace. This was, however, not just an attack on Muslims but an attack on all Britons, and our values of tolerance and
We would also like to pay tribute to Imam Mohammed Mahmoud of the Muslim Welfare Centre, who protected the offender in this case from an angry and upset crowd who had witnessed his awful crime. The imam’s patience, generosity of spirit and respect for the rule of law perfectly embodied the principles by which we, as Muslims, seek to live our lives.
We have over the years seen seeing a massive increase in anti-Muslim hate, both on and off-line. We are shocked and appalled at the nature of some of this rhetoric, which appears to endorse and encourage violence against Muslims. This has occurred against a backdrop of increasingly intolerant and toxic narratives which demonise Muslims, created by certain media outlets, public figures and politicians. We once again urge our media and politicians in particular, to consider the consequences of their words and actions.
We are determined to work with others to build a collective narrative which is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging and helps keep us all safe.