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A statement of solidarity from British Muslim communities.

16Nov 2015
A statement of solidarity from British Muslim communities.

The Islamic Unity Society has signed a letter sending condolences to the victims of the attack and showing determination to stay united.

The signed letter was reported on ITV News.


We are profoundly saddened by the loss of innocent lives in Paris, and our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the victims, and the French nation.

Britons of all backgrounds, of every faith, every denomination, and none, are horrified by what we have learned, and are determined that those who seek to divide our diverse and peaceful communities in Europe will not succeed.

There is no justification for murder, and all British faith communities agree that those who commit acts of violence cannot do so in the name of any faith. Any such claim is illegitimate.

British Muslim communities are equally appalled by the violence, and angered by those who commit abhorrent acts in the name of religion. The perpetrators do not represent us; their views are perverse and self-serving.

We urge all communities in Britain and France to stand firm with compassion and solidarity. We must not let these terrorists divide us, otherwise the terrorists will win. Let us not play into their divisive narrative, and instead show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.

Like the terrorists who want to divide communities, there will be some in the days ahead who will try to use this atrocity to attack innocent people. We equally reject their intentions.

It is evil people who do evil things; such acts will only increase our resolve to remain united.


-Aamer Naeem, Editor in Chief, British Muslim TV

-Abdul Buhari, 2012 GB Olympic Athlete

-Adil Mohammed Javed (British Muslim Actor), CEO & Artistic Director, Alchemy Arts

-Akeela Ahmed, Equalities Campaigner

-Alnoor Samji

-Arif Zaman

-Ayatullah Sayed Fazel Milani, Al-Khoei Foundation

-Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Co-Chair, APPG on Islamophobia

-Caroline Lucas MP, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

-Chaudhary Shafique, Chairman, Council For Christian Muslim Relations, High Wycombe

-Cllr. Hashim Bhatti, Windsor, Executive Member of Conservative Muslim Forum, & Three Faiths Forum Alumni Board

-Cllr. M Aslam Choudry, London Borough of Brent

-Dawood Masood, Quba Trust

-Dilwar Hussain, Director, New Horizons

-Dr. Akber Mohamedali, President, The Council of European Jamaats

-Dr. Asgar Moledina, President, The World Federation of KSIMC

-Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham

-Dr. Imran Awan, Birmingham City University

-Dr. Masood Yousef, Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs/Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru

-Dr. Shuja Shafi, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

-Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman, Remembering Srebrenica

-Esmat Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre

-Esmond Rosen, Chair of Barnet Multi-Faith Forum

-Fahim Mazhary, Consultant, Al Manaar, British Muslim Heritage Centre

-Fiyaz Mughal OBE, Founder & Director, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA

-Harris Iqbal, Head of Operations, Khadeejah Welfare Foundation

-Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on Islamophobia

-Henna Rai, Director of Counter Extremism, AOBM, Kaleidoscope Arts Faith & Culture, & Women Against Radicalisation

-Iftikhar Awan, Chair, Independent Members, Cross-GovernmentWorking Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Imam Abdullah Hasan, Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA)

-Imam Irfan Chishti, Manchester Central Mosque

-Imam Umar Hayat Qadri, Senior Imam, Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield

-Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL

-Jahan Mahmood, Military Historian

-Jawad Fairooz, Salam for Democracy & Human Rights

-Julie Siddiqi, Co-Chair, Nisa-Nashim Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network

-Karim Sacoor, Community Activist & Independent Member, Cross-Government Working Group on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred

-Khalid Mahmood MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

-Khurshid Drabu CBE

-Makhdoom Amjad Shah, Tv Anchor, Journalist & CEO, Overseas Pakistan Community

-Maulana Ahmed Nessar Beg, British Muslim Forum

-Mohammad Ehsan Rangiha, Chairman, Islamic Unity Society

-Mohammed Mojibul Hoque, Redcar Cleveland Islamic & Cultural Organisation

-Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation

-Moulana Shahid Raza OBE, Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque

-Moulana Shahid Reza, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board

-Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London

-Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director, British Muslim Youth

-Mustafa Field, Faiths Forum for London

-Nasar Iqbal, Founder & Operations Director, Innovate Walsall

-Naz Shah MP, Member of Parliament for Bradford West

-Nick Lowles, Hope Not Hate

-Peter Herbert, Chair, Society of Black Lawyers

-Qari Muhammad Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds

-Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths and None

-Rimla Akhtar MBE, Equality Activist

-Saleha Islam, Director Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

-Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

-Sayed Ali Reza Rizvi, Markaz Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre

-Shaykh M Shabbir Sialvi, Executive Imam, Golden Mosque, Rochdale

-Shaykh Muhammad Umar ibn Ramadhan, Chairman, Ramadhan Foundation

-Shaykh Talat, MCEC, Palmers Green Mosque

-Shaz Manir, CEO, Amirah Foundation

-Sheikh Mohammad Al-Hilli, Noor Trust, London

-Sir Iqbal Sacrani OBE, Balham Mosque & Tooting Islamic Centre

-Stuart Andrew MP, Chair, APPG on Islamophobia, Member of Parliament for Pudsey

-Sughra Ahmed, President, Islamic Society of Britain

-Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

-Tamina Mir, Women Buzz Network

-Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation

-Yasmin Choudhury, Founder, Lovedesh & Amcariza Foundation

-Yasmin Qureshi MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East

-Yousef Dar, Chair, Community Safety Forum

-Zafar Khan, Chairman, Luton Council of Faiths

-Zulfikar Hasham, Community Activist

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