SHAFAQNA – Statement by British Muslim communities following the knife attack outside Small Heath mosque

We condemn, in the strongest terms, the knife attack on a 14-year-old boy outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque and Community Centre in Small Health, Birmingham.

The victim received life-threatening injuries to the neck and head. We offer our love and prayers for the victim and his family. We recognise this is a difficult time for the local community, who have many concerns about the motive behind the attack, but we urge all in our communities to remain calm while the police establish the facts.

Let us, as representatives of Britain’s diverse Muslim communities, send a clear message to the attackers: your hatred and your actions disgust us. You do not represent us. You will not divide the unity that we as faith communities enjoy and have worked hard to establish. And you will not stop Islam from being practiced in all its beautiful diversity.

Finally, let us remember that we have a long history of working together. We celebrate and embrace the diversity of our communities, and we will continue to support one another in times of need.



Akeela Ahmed, Chair and Independent Member, Cross Government Working Group On Anti-Muslim Hatred

Mr Mohammed Shafiq
Chief Executive, Ramadhan Foundation

Maulana Muhammad Sarfaraz Madani
UK Islamic Mission

Shaykh Yazdani Raza Misbahi (London Fatwa Council)

Harun Khan, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

Mufti Abu Layth, Birmingham

Yousif Al-Khoei Al-Khoei Foundation

Prof.Ch.Shafique MBE
Chairman Council for Christian Muslim Relations (HW)

Mohammed Abbasi for Association of British Muslims

Dr. R. B. Naqvi
Sayed Mohammad al-Musawi
Both of World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League

Maulana Najm
Majlis Ulama Shia Europe

Muhbeen Hussain – British Muslim Youth

Muddassar Ahmed, President, the Concordia Forum

Dr Akber Mohamedali, The Council of European Jamaats

Mohammed Kozbar
Finsbury Park Mosque

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director of the Association of British Muslims

Anwarali Dharamsi, The World Federation of KSIMC

Arshad Ashraf – British Muslim TV

Aamer Naeem – Penny Appeal

Maulana Shahid Raza British Muslim Forum And Imam – Leister mosque

Aisha Ali-Khan, Asian Mums Network

Shaykh Muhammad Umar bin Ramadhan, Chairman Ramadhan Foundation

Ajmal Masroor, Islamic Society of Britain

Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam

Dr Akber Mohamedali, The Council of European Jamaats

Dr Imran Awan, Independent Member, Cross Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred

Dr Milad Hilli, Medical Doctor and Iraqi Community Activist

Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha, Secretary, APPG on British Muslims

Henna Rai, Women Against Radicalisation Network

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL Association of British Muslims

Imam Ghulam Moyhuddin, Ashton Central Mosque

Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani, Batley and Birmingham

Prof. Ch. Shafique MBE, Chairman, Council for Christian Muslim Relations

Qari Muhammad Asim, Imam, Makkah Mosque Leeds

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Scottish Ahlul Bayt society

Sayed Mohammad al-Musawi, World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League

Shaykh Umar Hayat Qadri, Imam Ghousia Mosque Huddersfield

Yousif Al-Kadhimi, Innovative Muslim Minds

Saima Alvi British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester

Julie Siddiqi, UK activist

Mufti Ansar Ul Qadri, Bradford

Imam Khalid Hussain Ashrafi, Leicester

Hafiz Ghulam Rasul, Hazrat Sultan Bahoo Trust Birmingham

Ragih Muflihi
IMAN network Sandwell

Imam Hashmi
Sunni Ulema Council Black Country

Shoaib Malik – Muslim Action Forum

Imam Ejaz Shaami
British Imams & Mosques Forum

Mufti Faiz Rasool, Birmingham

Ismet Rawat, President Association of Muslim Lawyers

Shaikh Talat, Chairman MCEC
Vice-chair LBE Racial Equality Council

Mohammed Ali Amla
Radical Dialogue

Ismet Rawat of Association of Muslim Lawyers

Naved Siddiqi, New Horizons in British Islam

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